Longtime El Dorado Hills locals relish area's rich heritageBy: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
EL DORADO HILLS, CA - A large group of El Dorado Hills’ movers and shakers from the past several decades got together recently to visit and share stories.
Mimi Mattock, who organized the reunion at Relish Burger Nov. 5, said the event was a way to bring the “old timers” together.
“This is a chance for those that have lived here since the 60s, 70s and 80s to catch up,” said Mattock who has lived in El Dorado Hills since 1970.
Mattock said she moved to the area to provide a better education for her children.
“We were from Sacramento and looked for a good community to raise our children,” she said. “We’ve seen tremendous growth.”
Back when Mattock and her family first moved to El Dorado Hills, there were no major shopping centers. Town Center and Montano de El Dorado weren’t on the drawing board.
“When I had to buy a gift or something, I had to go to Folsom to the hardware store,” she said. “There wasn’t any place up here to shop.”
The community as it is now, began in the early 1960s when developer Alan Lindsey began developing a master-planned community.
El Dorado Hills was originally envisioned as a large-scale master-planned community as a group of residential “villages” and included a business park, golf courses, parks and shopping centers.
Other land uses in the master plan included a business park, two 18-hole golf courses, community parks, schools, a community shopping center, and small commercial centers in each village. The master plan emphasized open space between villages and opportunity for outdoor recreation.
The original villages of El Dorado Hills include Park, Ridgeview, Saint Andrews, Crown, Governors, Stonegate, Franciscan, Marina and Lake Hills Estates.
According to the 1990 census, there were approximately 6,395 residents in El Dorado Hills. More recent numbers estimate the population at about 42,000.
Bob Dorr moved to El Dorado Hills in 1972. He was on the Board of Supervisors from 1980 to 1992. He said he moved to the area after retiring from the Air Force.
“We liked it here,” he said “In the 60s we drove out her up Highway 50 and came to a wide spot in the road – El Dorado Hills. I asked my wife ‘who would live out here?’”
Well, just a few years later, Dorr and his wife of 57 years, Barbara, did just that.
He said they bought their first home for $39,000.
Joanne Gillapie, now of Cameron Park, was enjoying the evening catching up with friends.
“This is wonderful,” she said. “I still see quite a few of these folks because I’m in several bridge groups. … Just getting to see everyone that lived here for 40 years. This is great.”