Fountain & Tallman Museum

Built in 1852

Old Hangtown

524 Main Street
Wednesday - Sunday
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

(530) 626-0773

Exploring Main Street
Fountain Tallman Museum
First floor exhibits
Second Floor Exhibits
Museum Gift Shop

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Board Members
Kris Payne


Joyce Thompson
Treasurer Carol Sexton
Secretary Mary Cory
Finance Jarel Culver
Publications Joyce Thompson
Frances Kilday
Fund Raising

Colleen Moore

Publicity P.J.Patton
Historic Trails Douglas Walker
Don Uelmen
Membership Secretary Mary Cory
Newsletter Editor Caroline Uelmen
Webmaster Dee Owens

The El Dorado County Historical Society wants to thank the El Dorado Museums Foundation for the grant the Society has received since 2012. This grant enables the Society to maintain and staff the El Dorado County Historical Society Museum (Fountain Tallman Building.)














Placerville Historical Museum in the Fountain & Tallman Soda Works Building

The Fountain & Tallman Museum is owned and operated by the El Dorado County Historical Society. Built in 1852, it is the oldest building on Main Street and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

museumThe museum is located at 524 Main Street, east of Bedford Ave. The building was erected in 1852-1853 and soon afterwards it was the site of John Fountain & Benjamin Tallman's Soda Works.

The museum building style is called rock rubble construction and is a prime example of the first permanent buildings that transitioned Placerville from a mining camp into a town. The walls are two feet thick and the window and door openings had exterior iron shutters to protect the building from fires.

Spring water was carbonated, bottled and sold to the miners. The soda water was an important product as the river and creeks were polluted from mining activities which made that source of water unsafe to drink.

interior museum

Several businesses have been located here since that time, including Pacific Gas & Electric Company. They owned the building from 1927 -1961 and when selling it made a condition in the deed that the "Old Stone Building " be held as an historic landmark. The Society received the building in 1981 as a gift from Mrs. Fay Rupley Cannon and in 1983 opened it as a Museum. Now known as the "Biggest Little Museum in the West" the building is dedicated to Mrs. Cannon.



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