Historic Sites and Points of Interest in Amador County

Silver Lake Viewed From Highway 88 in Amador County, California
Silver Lake and Sierra Nevada Viewed From Highway 88
(Mormon-Carson Pass Emigrant Trail Scenic Rest Stop)
17 February 2007
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Amador County bills itself as "The Heart of the Mother Lode" and lies within the Gold Country. The Spanish word amador translates to lover in English.

Amador County was created by the California Legislature in 1854 from parts of Calaveras and El Dorado Counties. In 1864, part of the county's territory was given to Alpine County.

The county is named for Jose Maria Amador, soldier, rancher and miner, who was born in San Francisco in 1794. In 1848, Jose Maria Amador, with several Native Americans, established a successful gold mining camp near the present town of Amador City.

Some of the Mother Lode's most successful gold mines were located in Amador County, including the Kennedy, Argonaut and the Keystone.

"The Luck of Roaring Camp," a short story by Bret Harte, was first published in the August 1868 issue of the Overland Monthly. Harte, who lived in this area for several years, possibly used a mining camp on the Mokelumne River as a model for the fictional Roaring Camp.

Adapted from Wikipedia

Name Address City Year Authority ID Sort Address Sort Name
Amador City CemeteryChurch StreetAmador CityPOIChurchAmador City Cemetery
Amador County Sutter Hill Road and Eureka RoadSutter CreekPOISutter Hill Amador County
Argonaut and Kennedy MinesHighway 49 Milepost 5.6Jackson1850California786Highway 049 (P.M. 05.6)Argonaut and Kennedy Mines
Bellotti Inn 53 Main StreetSutter CreekPOIMain 0053Bellotti Inn
Big BarHighway 49 (P.M. 0.0)Big Bar1840California41Highway 049 (P.M. 00.0)Big Bar
Botto Saloon Sutter Hill Road and Eureka RoadSutter CreekPOISutter HillBotto Saloon
Brignoli Building 71 Main StreetSutter CreekPOIMain 0071Brignoli Building
Buena Vista Store Buena Vista Road and Jackson Valley Road Buena VistaPOIBuena VistaBuena Vista Store
Butte StoreHighway 49 (P.M. 1.4)Scottsville1857California39Highway 049 (P.M. 01.4)Butte Store
Butterfield House115 BroadwayJackson1873National1986002412Broadway 0115Butterfield House
Centenary Church150 West Marlette StreetIone1866California506Marlette W 0150Centenary Church
Centenary Church150 West Marlette StreetIone1866National1977000287Marlette W 0150Centenary Church
Central Eureka Mine Sutter Hill Road and Old Ridge Road Sutter CreekPOISutter Hill Central Eureka Mine
Ceremonial Roundhouse14881 Pine Grove-Volcano RoadIndian Grinding Rock SHPCalifornia1001Pine Grove-Volcano Road 14881 Ceremonial Roundhouse
Chew Kee Store14274 Fiddletown RoadFiddletown1850POIFiddletown 14274Chew Kee Store
Chichizola Complex1316-1330 Jackson Gate RoadJackson1860National1992000979Jackson Gate 1316Chichizola Complex
ClintonEast Clinton and Clinton Road; One Mile Southeast of Highway 88ClintonCalifornia37ClintonClinton
County Hospital708 Court StreetJackson1890National1972000215Court 0708County Hospital
D'Agostini Winery14430 Shenandoah RoadPlymouthCalifornia762Shenandoah 14430D'Agostini Winery
DePue House215 Court StreetJackson1870National1982002169Court 0215DePue House
Drytown (California Marker)Highway 49 (P.M. 13. 7)Drytown1848California31Highway 049 013Drytown (California Marker)
Drytown (NDGW Marker)SR 49 at Bens AlleyDrytown1848POIHighway 49Drytown (NDGW Marker)
Early Day Butcher Shop SR 49 at Bens AlleyDrytown1860POIHighway 49Early Day Butcher Shop
Emerson Shaft Cole Street Near Randolph StreetSutter CreekPOIColeEmerson Shaft
Farnham House Jibboom Street near Ostrom RoadFiddletownPOIJibboomFarnham House
FiddletownFiddletown RoadFiddletown1849California35FiddletownFiddletown
Fiddletown Historic DistrictFiddletown RoadFiddletown1849National1978000655FiddletownFiddletown Historic District
Forest HomeState Route 16 Near Forest Home RoadForest Home1850POIHighway 16Forest Home
Imperial HotelSR 49 and Water StreetAmador CityPOIHighway 49Imperial Hotel
Indian Grinding Rock14881 Pine Grove-Volcano RoadIndian Grinding Rock SHPNational1971000133Pine Grove-Volcano Road 14881 Indian Grinding Rock
Ione BreweryPreston Avenue at Welch LaneIonePOIPrestonIone Brewery
Ione Chinatown East Main Street and Eldorado StreetIonePOIMain E Ione Chinatown
Ione City HallEast Main Street and North Church StreetIonePOIMain EIone City Hall
Ione Parlor No. 33, NSGW21-23 East Main StreetIonePOIMain E 0021Ione Parlor No. 33, NSGW
IrishtownHighway 88 (P.M. 20.8) at Irishtown RoadPine Grove1854California38Highway 088 (P.M. 20.8)Irishtown
Iron Ivan Steam LocomotiveNorth Church StreetIone1901POIChurch NIron Ivan Steam Locomotive
Jackson Downtown Historic DistrictMain Street From 215 Main Street to 14 BroadwayJackson1857National2000000365Main 0215Jackson Downtown Historic District
Jackson Gate1235 Jackson Gate RoadJackson1850California118Jackson Gate 1235Jackson Gate
Kennedy Mine Historic District12594 Kennedy Mine RoadJacksonNational2008001347Kennedy MineKennedy Mine Historic District
Kennedy Tailing Wheels1200 Jackson Gate RoadJackson1914National1981000146Jackson Gate 1200Kennedy Tailing Wheels
Kirkwood Lake TractKirkwood Lake Shoreline North of Route 88El Dorao National FoestNational2009001054KirkwoodKirkwood Lake Tract
Kirkwood'sHighway 88Kirkwood1864California40Highway 088 (P.M. 71.8)Kirkwood's
Knight Foundry81 Eureka StreetSutter Creek1873California1007Eureka 0081Knight Foundry
Knight Foundry13 Eureka StreetSutter Creek1873National1975000423Eureka 0013Knight Foundry
Lancha PlanaLancha Plana Buena Vista Road Six Miles South of Buena VistaBuena VistaCalifornia30Lancha Plana Lancha Plana
Levaggi Opera House 54 Main StreetSutter CreekPOIMain 0054Levaggi Opera House
Maiden's GraveHighway 88El Dorado National Forest1850California28Highway 088 (P.M. 61.3)Maiden's Grave
Middle BarMiddle Bar Road at Mokelumne River Three Miles South of ScottsvilleScottsvilleCalifornia36Middle Bar Middle Bar
Monteverde General Store Randolph Street and Boston AlleySutter Creek1896POIRandolphMonteverde General Store
Native Sons Hall 56 Main StreetSutter CreekPOIMain 0056Native Sons Hall
Norton-Popovich House 134 Broad StreetSutter CreekPOIBroad 0134Norton-Popovich House
Observatory SiteShake Ridge RoadVolcano1861California715ShakeObservatory Site
Old Emigrant RoadHighway 88 (P.M. 63.1) at Mud Lake RoadKirkwood1848California662Highway 088 (P.M. 63.1)Old Emigrant Road
Old Red Brick Building Saloon 12 West Main StreetIonePOIMain W 0012Old Red Brick Building Saloon
Oleta SchoolhouseAmerican Flat RoadFiddletown1860POIAmerican FlatOleta Schoolhouse
Paugh House406 Pitt StreetJacksonNational2007000507Pitt 0406Paugh House
Pine Grove19840 State Highway 88 Pine Grove1854POIHighway 088Pine Grove
Pioneer Hall111-113 Main StreetJackson1886California34Main 0111Pioneer Hall
Pioneer Synagogue SiteMain and Church StreetsJackson1857California865MainPioneer Synagogue Site
Plymouth Trading PostMain Street Between Mill and Mineral StreetsPlymouth1857California470Main MillPlymouth Trading Post
Preston CastleHighway 104Ione1894California867Highway 104 004Preston Castle
Preston CastlePalm DriveIone1894National1975000422Preston 0000Preston Castle
Saint Sava Church724 North Main StreetJackson1894National1986000385Main 0724Saint Sava Church
Scully RanchWest Marlette Street and Old Stcokton RoadIoneNational1978000656Marlette Scully Ranch
Soldier GulchMain and Consolation Streets Volcano1848POIMainSoldier Gulch
Soracco Company 78 Main StreetSutter CreekPOIMain 0078Soracco Company
St. George Hotel16104 main streetVolcano1867National1984000757Main 16104St. George Hotel
Steam Flour Mill 217 West Jackson StreetIonePOIJackson WSteam Flour Mill
Stewart Store18 East Main StreetIone1856California788Main 0018Stewart Store
Sutter CreekMain and Badger StreetsSutter Creek1848California322Main BadgerSutter Creek
Sutter Creek BridgeFive Mile DriveIone1910National1986000734Five MileSutter Creek Bridge
Sutter Creek Grammar SchoolCole StreetSutter Creek1871National1976000477ColeSutter Creek Grammar School
Sutter Creek Jail Gopher Flat Road Near Main StreetSutter CreekPOIGopher FlatSutter Creek Jail
Sutter Creek Sanitarium72 Main StreetSutter CreekPOIMain 0072Sutter Creek Sanitarium
Sutter Creek United Methodist Church 14 Main StreetSutter CreekPOIMain 0014Sutter Creek United Methodist Church
Union Mine Boarding House175 Spanish StreetSutter CreekPOISpanish 0175Union Mine Boarding House
VolcanoMain and Consolation Streets Volcano1848California29MainVolcano
Volcano CentennialMain and Consolation Streets Volcano1848POIMainVolcano Centennial
Wildman Mine Powder HouseTucker Hill RoadSutter CreekPOITucker HillWildman Mine Powder House
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