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image by Dov Gutterman, 12 June 2000
The Placer in Placer County is of the Gold Bearing variety. Placer County is one of the Gold Country counties running along the Sierra Nevadas.
Rich Hansen, 12 June 2000
From the county website: Placer County was home to the peaceful Nisenan Native Americans for hundreds of years before the discovery of gold in 1848 brought hordes of miners from around the world. Only three years after the discovery of gold, the fast-growing county was formed from portions of Sutter and Yuba counties on April 25, 1851 with Auburn as the county seat. Placer County took its name from the Spanish word for sand or gravel deposits containing gold. Miners washed away the gravel, leaving the heavier gold, in a process known as "placer mining."
Jarig Bakker, 12 June 2000