Bayley House – a piece of history in Pilot Hill

In 1861, A.J. Bayley built the beautiful Bayley House in Pilot Hill. Bayley built the house/mansion thinking that it could be used as a hotel when the Central Pacific Railroad came to town. The railroad did not come to town, but the historic mansion still stands today. It was a 10,000 sq foot mansion with over 22 rooms, and 6 fireplaces. Rosewood and mahogany woods were imported from England and milled on site. Underneath the mansion was an expansive wine cellar. The second floor had a large dining room that turned into a ball room for entertaining.

The Bayley house is in need of restoration before it will be open to the public. But if you are driving through Pilot Hill, you can see it from Hwy 49.

What an amazing piece of real estate!

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Cool CA? Is that really the name of your town?

“Cool CA? Is that really the name of your town?…Well Cool!” Residents of Cool hear that all the time. Yes, we must admit it is pretty amazing to live in a town named Cool!

But how did Cool get it’s name? Some people think that the city leaders thought the area was just so awesome and “Cool” so they decided to name it Cool! Others have wondered, is the area very cold, so the town was named, Cool?

None of the above are correct. The town of Cool used to be called Cave Valley, but was renamed to Cool CA, after a preacher named Aaron Cool.

Pilot Hill CA, a quaint peaceful town

Pilot Hill is a small, unicorporated community in El Dorado County. Pilot Hill is a fomer gold mining town as was formerly known as Centerville, and Pittsville. Pilot Hill is 13 miles from Placerville and 17 miles from Folsom.

Today, residents of Pilot Hill enjoy many recreational activities such as, river rafting, wine tasting (Venezio Winery), horse back riding (Cronan Ranch), jogging, hiking, cycling, and fishing.

Pilot Hill is below the snow line at an elevation of 1175 ft.

Students in Pilot Hill are part of the Black Oak Mine Unified School District.

Where is Cool CA?

Cool is a picturesque town in El Dorado County, located on historic Highway 49, between Auburn and Coloma. Cool CA is relatively close to major cities such as, Auburn, Roseville, and Placerville.

Residents of Cool enjoy an active, close-knit community. Cool sponsers many year round activities such as the Cool Bike Race, and Way Too Cool Marathon. Horseback riders, joggers and bike riders enjoy the many trails throughout Cool. World famous river rafting can be enjoyed in nearby Coloma.

Cool CA has a population of about 2,700 people. There is one school, Northside Elementary and Middle School serving students from grades K-8.

Cool CA sits below the snowline at 1532 ft elevation.