Highway 49--Gold Rush Country
Placer County Courthouse Museum 101 Maple St., (530) 889-6500. Daily 10-4. Free.
Located on the echoing first floor of the landmark Placer County Courthouse (the entrance is at ground level under the formal steps that are reminiscent of an Aztec temple), this museum’s exhibits include a Native American habitat, a restored circa 1915 sheriff’s office, and the Pate Collection of Native American Art featuring more than 400 artifacts from throughout the U.S. The jail serves as a gallery, and a spectacular 52-piece gold collection worth more than $350,000 is displayed in a vault in the gift shop. Kids particularly enjoy a hands-on telegraph and telephone display.
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