The first train pulled into Placerville on October 10, 1890, and a daily
mixed train commenced from Ridgway. From my research, Placerville
was a rather unobtrusive and unspectacular town, even in its heyday.
The Rio Grande Southern had a stockyard, some warehouses, and in the
later years, a rack for tank cars. At one point, the stockyards in
Placerville were the largest in the state.
Placerville wasn't even a wide spot in the road when I went by it in 1998,
and if it weren't for the diligent research and generosity of John
Humphries rgs.railfan.net, I would not have any pictures of what remains
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