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Behind the Seal - July 22, 2019

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Placer County, Calif.

The Placer County seal was adopted by the Placer County Board of Supervisors in 1959. The board paid George Mathis, an artist who resided in Nevada City, $52 to release the title and claim of the design. 
The seal can be found at the entrance of the county’s main museum where it is hand carved as a large oak medallion.

On the left side of the seal, a shovel and pick symbolize the Gold Rush.

A grove of fruit trees represents the agriculture of the county.

On the right side of the seal, mountains and pine trees represent the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

The steam locomotive and railroad tracks in the center of the seal represent the Transcontinental Railroad.

If you would like your county’s seal featured in “Behind the Seal,” contact Rachel Looker at

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