A soon as I stepped into the store, I knew the place was old. The floors were the first indicators of the age. Worn floorboards showing shiny polished tops on the old square cut nails and tin can lids nailed over the knotholes. Rounding the corner revealed rolling ladders, old display cases and ancient brickwork. Narrow aisles with inventory stacked floor to ceiling testified to days of old before shopping carts and ADA laws. Placerville Hardware is the oldest hardware store, west of the Mississippi, and has served the community of Placerville, California continuously for over 150 years. Since 1952 it has been operated by the Fausel family. Located in historic downtown Placerville, also known as “Old Hangtown,” the store focuses on superb customer service and maintaining a unique inventory of items. I think there may have even been some RV supplies lurking on a shelf or two. Unique items may be an understatement, as the inventory includes such items as oil lanterns, gold pans, old fashioned toys and other items of yesteryear. I am sure I observed an old timer pay for his purchase in gold dust as we passed the cashier on the way out!
For additional information on the store’s history visit:
Store Hours: Monday- Saturday 8:00am-6:00pm Sundays 9:00am-5:00pm *Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Years Day
RV parking is limited in “Old Hangtown“. We parked the RV at a vacant service station just west of downtown and walked.
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