A charming gold rushera town located along historic Highway 49, Amador City is one of California's smallest incorporated cities, with a population of just over 200 people. Original miningera buildings are now home to unique antique stores, boutiques, art galleries, and museums.
Cities in California Gold & Wine Country
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The town was first settled by Missourians in 1849 and in the 1850s it served as a trading center for a number of mining camps in the area. The town also had one of the largest Chinese communities in the state (over 2,000 in the 1860 census). At the time of its founding, placer mining […]
Ione, like much of Amador County, was founded in the mid-1800’s during the Gold Rush. Unlike many of the gold mining communities in Amador, Ione was a supply center, stage and rail stop and agricultural hub. The City of Ione was incorporated as a General Law City in 1953 and is now the largest city in Amador County today.
Jackson began as a mining camp in 1848 and is located in the heart of California’s Mother Lode. The City of Jackson was incorporated in 1905, today it blends the ambiance of a gold rush-era downtown with Victorian era neighborhoods.
Pine Grove is located on Highway 88, also known as the "scenic route" to the Lake Tahoe region. At an elevation of 2400 feet, Pine Grove sits at a perfect transition altitude where oaks and pine trees share the landscape, and a light dusting of snow falls each year
Pioneer offers beautiful scenery for Route 88 motorists. There are a number of centuriesold tall pine trees and oak trees, as well as lakes for water sports and fishing. Pioneer Station, built in approximately 1925, is located in Pioneer, however, it was never a Pony Express stop, a popular fallacy.
Plymouth is nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range and is located on historic Highway 49, south of Placerville. The central location to the wineries in Shenandoah Valley, places this city at the heart of the Gold Country.
Sutter Creek is known as the Jewel of the Gold Country and is a postcard perfect mining era town situated in the center of Amador County. Offering an eclectic mix of retail shops showcasing everything from clothing, artisan jewelry and original art, to outdoor equipment and handcrafted furniture, Sutter Creek has something for everyone.
Volcano is named for its setting in a bowl-shaped valley which early miners thought was caused by a volcano. The early morning fog rising from the valley floor only reinforced that belief. Legend has it that among Volcano’s earliest settlers were members of Colonel Stevenson’s Regiment, who mined Soldiers Gulch in 1848. In 1851 a […]