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Placer County was created from parts of Sutter and Yuba Counties
"Placer" is probably a contraction of the words plaza de oro
(the place of gold)
and in Spanish means "a place near a river where gold is found."
The county derived its name from the numerous places where the
method of extracting gold from the earth, called placer mining,
County Seat: Auburn
Year Organized: 1851
Square Miles: 1,404
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Douglas Co., NV
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