Placer County California Cities/Towns - Auburn (County Seat), Colfax, Dollar Point, Foresthill, Granite Bay, Homewood, Kings Beach, Lincoln, Loomis, Meadow Vista, North Auburn, Rocklin, Roseville, Sunnyside-Tahoe City, Tahoe Vista

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Placer County is a county located in the U.S. state of California. In 2004, the population had grown to 307,004. The county seat is Auburn.

History
Placer County was home to the peaceful Nisenan Native Americans for hundreds of years before the discovery of gold in 1848 brought hordes of miners from around the world. Only three years after the discovery of gold, the fast-growing county was formed from portions of Sutter and Yuba counties on April 25, 1851 with Auburn as the county seat. Placer County took its name from the Spanish word for sand or gravel deposits containing gold. Miners washed away the gravel, leaving the heavier gold, in a process known as "placer mining".

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