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California Placerville

Placerville, California

Placerville was incorporated as a city in 1854.

The Placerville Water Company was incorporated on August 12, 1853 by Alex. Hunter, Alfred Bell and others for the purpose "of bringing water to Placerville for the use of the town."  The company built a system that was apparently operating by November of 1853 when the company advertised that its "arrangements are now complete."

The company was reorganized in 1893 as the Placerville Water Works, and was sold to the City of Placerville in November, 1920 for $20,000.

Water is provided by the City of Placerville.

1854 Mountain Democrat, November 25, 1854
Placerville Water Company.
The citizens of Placerville are informed that the Company's arrangements are now complete, and henceforth they will have an ample supply of water Tho charges for the use of the Water for private and domestic purposes, will be $1.50 per week; for Hotels, manufactories, Bathing establishments, &c., as per agreement.
The Directors are aware that subscribers have in many instances permitted non-subscribers to use the water of the Company, which ia unfair, and very prejudicial to its interests. By the By-Laws a penalty of $10 is incurred for every such offence, which penalty, for the future, will he rigidly enforced.
By order of tho Board, ALEX. HUNTER, Pres't.  Placerville, Nov. 5, 1853.

1855 Prices Current and Shipping List (San Francisco, California), January 23, 1855, Page 2.
Placerville Water Company.-- Incorporated August 12, 1853 by Alex. Hunter, Alfred Bell, and others, for the purpose of bringing water to Placerville for the use of the town. Capital $12,000 divided in 120 shares of $100 each.  Duration 40 years.

1882 Placerville from "The Water-Supply of Certain Cities and Towns of the United States," by Walter G. Elliot, C. E., Ph. D.

1888 "Placerville," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 1.

1890 "Placerville," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 2.

1891 "Placerville," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 3.

1897 "Placerville," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 4.

1920 "Placerville Votes $30,000 Bonds for Municipal Water," Sacramento Union, June 30, 1920, Page 5.

1922 Report of the Railroad Commission of the State of California from July 1, 1920 to June 30, 1921.
Page 422:  Placerville Water Works.  Incorporated July 30, 1893, under the laws of California.  Formed by reorganization of the Placerville Water Company.  Sold to city of Placerville, November 15, 1920.

Some papers relating to the Placerville Water Company are included in the collection of the Papers of Francis A. Bishop held by the Huntington Library.

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