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Address: Placerville, CA 95667
Description: Placerville's fire alarm in 1856.

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Celebrates Placerville's Volunteer Firemen

I stopped by on my drive back from Reno to San Francisco Bay Area. The Bell Tower is a focus point in town and is on the Main Street in Placerville. The bell tower when first... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 30, 2015
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Fremont, California
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2,426 reviews 2,426 reviews
1,500 attraction reviews
1,385 helpful votes 1,385 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

I stopped by on my drive back from Reno to San Francisco Bay Area. The Bell Tower is a focus point in town and is on the Main Street in Placerville. The bell tower when first placed in 1885 was used to signal the volunteer firemen to a fire in the area. It has been relocated a few times in... More 

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Senoia, Georgia
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108 reviews 108 reviews
16 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 via mobile

I drove up from El a Dorado Hills just too see what Placerville was like. I loved the Main St area! Unfortunately, I'm here while it's raining hard, so I didn't get to walk around as long as I would have liked. Loved the Placerville News Company...had some very unique toys and gifts! Went across the street and into the... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

As the legend goes, back in 1849, area gold miners called for a "Miner's Court" for couple of other miners accused of a unknown transgression. Upon finding the two unlucky men "guilty, the jury of miners started asking " what do we do with them now?" Someone in the miner's court of spectators shouted "hang em" and so they did,... More 

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California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

The Bell Tower is in the middle of Historic Placerville. The Bell Tower itself is historical and nice to see. Also, there are many shops and restaurants along Main Street. Be aware that most of the shops do not give refunds. Some will do exchanges. If you are buying Christmas gifts, know that your loved one will not be able... More 

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Placerville, CA
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84 reviews 84 reviews
21 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

To count this as a bonafide "attraction" I'm also including the whole of Historic Main Street Placerville, which is certainly worth a visit. The Bell Tower is sort of a centerpiece for the street, which contains many cute shops, excellent restaurants and quaint storefronts, not the least of which is Placerville Hardware Store. I put the date of my visit... More 

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El Dorado Hills, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Take a stroll down town to the historic area of the gold rush. Don't miss the Placerville Hardware Store, a real treasure for shoppers, they have everything, you never leave empty handed.

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San Francisco
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Not really a tourist stop. More of a historical thing in the middle of the street. Cool for a quick glance.

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northern california
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94 reviews 94 reviews
6 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Just a comfortable spot to sit with your favorite coffee drink and a muffin. Lots of natural light thru big windows, and a 270 degree view of the downtown Main Street happenings. Free wifi or grab the paper from the News Company next door.

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Placerville, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a static display, a visual landmark of what had been the city center for Placerville. These bell towers can be found in the old Gold Rush towns. The towns used the bells to call volunteer firemen to man the horse drawn equipment. A must see.

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San Francisco Bay Area
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47 reviews 47 reviews
24 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

As you walk down Main Street you can not miss it. It was a good break from all the shopping and restaurants. Make a quick stop and read up on the history of this quaint town.

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