Placerville News

In the early 1850s the newsstand was opened as the Davis and Roy News Depot. In 1855 and 1856 the town of Placerville experienced two major fires. These fires destroyed most of the structures including the newsstand. Mr. Davis and Mr. Roy rebuilt the newsstand and in 1856 the Davis and Roy News Depot was opened for business once again.

In 1898 Mr. Shelly Inch added the second floor, embellishing the building with a Cast Iron and Stamped Tin facade manufactured by the Mesker Brothers Iron Works of St. Louis, Missouri. This style facade is one of the few left in the United States as most of them were torn down and the metal recycled. In 1912 the current owner’s great grandmother purchased the business which she operated until the early 1950s. Her son, George Duffey, operated the store from the 1950's until his passing in 1998. George was and still is a legendary figure in Placerville History, known and loved by the community.

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About this Establishment

Today the newsstand is owned and operated George’s daughter and two of her children, the third and fourth generation to own the business. Placerville News carries newspapers and magazines of all kinds, art supplies, office supplies and many types of gifts and many items with a local connection. The current owners (third and fourth generation) have preserved the look of the old newsstand inside and outside and when you walk into the store, it feels very comfortable and inviting. They have tried to sustain the old look and feel.

Time Period Represented

Re-built after fire in 1856

Hours Open

8am-6:30pm Mon-Thur 8am-7:30pm Fri-Sat 8am-5:30pm Sun

Visitor Fees


Seasons Open

Any time of the year is a good time to visit Placerville News.

Price Style for this Establishment


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Pet Friendly Notes

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I used to work at Placerville News and it was a wonderful place to work and to visit. It's like steeping back in time. The original wood floor and the structure is impeccable. Visit when you can and you will stay all day.

Robin Pawson, 4/9/2010

I grew up in P'ville and the newsstand was my favorite shop --- newspapers, magazines, office supplies (including an excellent selection of erasers), candy, the creaky wooden floors. In my family it was always called "Duffy's" and Mr. Duffy was a sweetheart. My dad would sometimes drive into town on the weekend to splurge on the Sunday San Francisco Chronicle.

Linda N., 9/16/2016

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