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Clarksville ghost town springs back to life in El Dorado Hills

By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
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A little ghost town in El Dorado Hills is about to get very lively. On May 5, horse-drawn wagons, a stagecoach, Pony Express riders, Mormon Battalion re-enactors and others will turn back the clock to Clarksville’s late 1800s heyday. Betty January, one of the organizers of the Clarksville Day celebration, is excited about the event. “We’ll have three horse-drawn wagons to bring people in as well as extra golf carts for handicapped individuals,” she said. Three years ago, when the historic town site was first opened to the public, more than 3,000 people attended the celebration. “The Blue Canyon Gang, complete with ladies in saloon costumes and gunslingers, will also be there,” she said. Expect the occasional gunfight or an even louder blast when a certain replica cannon is fired. The Mormon Battalion fires their cannon periodically throughout the day, according to January. “You would be amazed at what they have to go through to fire that,” she said. “It’s very interesting.” Pioneer-era live music, food and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. According to January, the town boasts the longest stretch of original Lincoln Highway still intact in California. Cemetery tours will also be available and, according to January, one of the pioneers buried at the Clarksville Cemetery is a Civil War veteran. For more on Clarksville, including a history of the town, visit edhhistory.org. * * * KNOW AND GO Clarksville Day When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, May 5 Where: Clarksville town site, at White Rock Road and Highway 50, near the Silva Valley Parkway underpass, in El Dorado Hills Cost: Free admission Information: edhhistory.org