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The Golden Highway—Placer County

Leaving El Dorado County and crossing the middle fork of the American River, the next county along Highway 49, the “Golden Highway,” is Placer County. The county also owes its name to the mining heritage of the gold rush.

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2003 California State Gold Panning Championships


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