About nine miles south of the town of El Dorado is the town of Nashville, which for a time was known as Quartzville, Quartzburg and even Tennessee Bar. It is the one still remaining of a group of towns that existed near the Cosumnes River along the main road running between the northern mines and the southern mines (now Highway 49).
These towns, Nashville, Pittsburg Bar and Yeomet (which was also known as Saratoga, Yornet and Huse Bridge) were small communities located on flat pieces of land downstream from the confluence of the Middle and South Forks of the Cosumnes River.
The northern towns, Nashville and Pittsburg Bar were originally mining locations, while Yeomet, on the Cosumnes River, was the only nearby place where there was a ferry, and later a bridge, to cross the river.
A. L. Chilton arrived in Nashville in 1851 and immediately constructed a store and boarding house. Soon another store was opened by a Dr. Thurston and his brother Joel, who after a number of years, would move north to the town of El Dorado.
The Nashville School District was organized on October 5, 1869. The school building was located along the Cosumnes River, near what is now Highway 49. The school was closed in 1953 when it merged with the El Dorado School and later the Mother Lode Union School District.
The Nashville post office was established prior to March 5, 1852, with Elias DeYoung as Postmaster. On June 20, 1854, it was closed and less than a month later, on July 14, 1854, one was opened at Yeomet, which the Post Office renamed Yornet, the local Indian word for waterfalls or sounding rock.
Eustace P. Bowman was the first Postmaster at Yornet and served until the Post Office was closed and moved south to Jackson on June 8, 1861.
One would wonder why a Post Office in El Dorado County would be moved to an Amador County town. The answer is simple, Yeomet was part of El Dorado until the boundary was moved north from Dry Creek to the Cosumnes River and Amador county was created.
In 1854 that the State Legislature realized that people living between the Cosumnes and Mokelumne rivers were not being taxed by either El Dorado or Calaveras county. Apparently the separation from the two county seats was too far to make it convenient to collect taxes, or too difficult because of the necessary river crossings. They realized that this problem wasn’t going to go away so that year they formed a new county from portions of El Dorado and Calaveras counties.