Good morning. Gold Country Sis Tina here. This
post is about an old school which no longer exists, the El Dorado County High
School. I am going to share old postcards I have collected which show the
building, plus a few recent photos.
I would like to thank our fairly
new "lurker" Jim of Camino for giving me the incentive for this post. I am
hoping after he reads it he can "jog on by" the old site and see where it once
used to sit. He contacted me recently after finding a post I did here on Gold
Country Girls on August 18, 2010 about schools that no longer exist.
out with a Christmas card showing the high school, sent to Rose Birk of St.
Louis, Missouri in December 1910.
This card above was published by Edw.H. Mitchell S. F. Cal. for S. Inch &
Son, Placerville. It was sent to Miss Madge Spurlig of Steuben, Maine in
This card was sent to Miss Flora McGraw of Slatington, El Dorado Co., Cal (now
Kelsey) in January 1908. Published by S. Inch & Son, Placerville.
Card above sent to G. Willis Cline of San Jose, Cal.
in August 1910. Photo by G. W. Potter. Made in Germany.
This is the first postcard I have showing the steps up to the school from Clay
Street. Somewhere I have information about the steps. Unfortunately I am not
sure where that info is. I remember that the steps were a gift from one of the
graduating classes of the school.
This postcard (above) was made by the Western Card Company, Reedley, Fresno
Co., Calif. It is unmailed, handwritten on the back is "1920".
This card says "Placerville High School, Placerville, Calif." It was mailed to
Mrs. Fred Lambert of San Francisco, Calif. on May 12, 1923.
Now a little journey towards the old site of the school. These are photos I took
April 2nd. This photo above is taken as I drove west down Lincoln Alley. To
reach Lincoln Alley take Coleman street either west from Bedford Avenue or east
from Clay Street. Turn onto Lincoln Street going south, and on your left after
several great old homes is Lincoln Alley. It takes you steeply down to Clay
Street. Across Clay is Grandview Street, which takes you up to where the old
Welfare Dept. building is located. Under the building at the back, facing again
to Clay Street was the old Soil Conservation Service office. This is located in
approximately the same area as where the high school was.
This photo above shows the back of the Welfare building and some of the steep
area going up to it from Clay Street.
This is the stop sign at the end of Lincoln Alley.
Looking east from Clay Street as you turn right towards Main Street and the
Highway 50 underpass.
Going south on Clay Street, hillside where high school was on left.
Yes, you too can lease a very steep piece of Placerville history.
In my August 2010 blog I said "I believe at least part of the steps are
still there". So I tried to take some pictures to show you what I believe are
the school steps.
tried to take a picture of what I think are the old steps, they are almost
completely covered with weeds and briars. Probably blackberry bushes, this being
Placerville after all! The right bottom of the photo shows old cement that is at
the bottom of the steps. There is a foggy blur in the center of my photos that
is either something wrong with my camera or an old Placerville ghost trying to
be helpful and point out the steps to me. The steps run up through the middle of
the photo just beyond the tree.
This is the cement base of the steps. I am not very mobile yet, after my hip
surgery in December, so I just took photos from my car. If someone could climb
up the hill a bit, a picture could be taken of steps going up the hill. You can
see some of them, but most appear to have crumbled and have weeds and grass
growing through them.
This postcard above, photo by Atchison, was postmarked in Placerville on October
4, 1915. It reads in part on the back "This is where Earl and Irma are going to
"high". They are just doing fine and we are very proud of them". Signed by
Florence. Someone has written "72 steps" along the steps to the school. The home
below the school is known as the Blair house and is still standing.
Close up of the steps and showing the location next to Blair house on the
is an old photo of the Blair House from the El Dorado County Museum. The steps
are hidden in the trees to the left. This house was being operated last year as
the Blair Sugar Pine Bed and Breakfast, but closed its doors on October 31,
2011, and was sold.
Another old photo of the Blair house. The Welfare building is in the upper
corner on the left.
And one more of the Blair house. The steps would be off to the left. So if you
want to find them now, walk up Clay Street to the north from Main Street. Go
under the highway overpass, past the Blair house on the right, and just past
that look for a cement structure covered in briars. If you are hardy and have on
thick boots and sturdy jeans, I think maybe you can actually stand on a few of
the old stairs.
Good luck and welcome to Gold Country Girls, Jim of