California Counties

Amador County, California

Amador County Photos clockwise from bottom left: Sutter Gold Mine in Sutter Creek; Imperial Hotel in Amador City; Historic Downtown Sutter Creek; and spring flowers in bloom in Amador County

AMADOR COUNTY: Amador County is blessed with four distinct seasons, and unique scenery to go along with them. Elevations range from 200 feet in the west, to more than 9,000 feet in the east. two major highways: Historic Highway 49, stretching from north to south, and scenic State Highway 88, a perfect and leisurely alternative gateway to upper Amador County and the Lake Tahoe region.

Jackson: Jackson is nestled in a picturesque valley, at the base of Butte Mountain, and in the heart of California's Mother Lode region. What began as a mining town in 1848 during California's Gold Rush has grown into an economically diverse community offering general business services, furniture and housewares, specialty shops and major grocery retailers, along with a variety of restaurants. Tourists as well as residents enjoy strolling its Historic Main Street, and exploring historic monuments and sites sprinkled throughout the town, like Jackson Gate and the Kennedy Mine Tailing Wheels. With an altitude ranging from 1200 to 1600 feet
Sutter Creek: the Jewel of the Gold Country, Sutter Creek is a postcard-perfect mining era town situated in the center of Amador County. Sutter Creek is situated on Historic Highway 49, between Jackson and Amador City.
Amador City: A charming gold rush-era 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 mining-era buildings are now home to unique antique stores, boutiques, art galleries, and museums. Dining options include a regionally acclaimed artisan bakery, old fashioned soda fountain and gourmet restaurant located in the historic Imperial Hotel.
Plymouth: Plymouth began as a mining camp more than 150 years ago by quartz miner Green Aden and associates. Established as a town in 1871, Plymouth boasts many mining-era structures, on and around its historic Main Street, like the Empire Store, and the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Ione: Ione is located on the western side of Amador County, Ione is nestled in the oak-studded valleys of the Gold Country. Many know it for Ione Castle, that some believe is haunted.
Pine Grove: Pine Grove is located on Highway 88, also known as the "scenic route" to the Lake Tahoe region. At an elevation of 2400 feet
Pioneer: Pioneer is one of Amador County's most populated unincorporated communities. At an elevation of just under 3000 ft. they get a fair amount of snow each year.
Drytown: As Amador County's oldest community, and the place in which gold was first discovered, about 200 people today call Drytown home. On the barely quarter-mile stretch of Highway 49 where Drytown sits, there is one saloon (as opposed to the 26 that inhabited it during the Gold Rush days), a family run diner and motor lodge nestled on the creek, general store, and antique shop. A handful of homes are set back in the steep hills and curvy country roads surrounding the town.
Fiddletown: Located just off Highway 49, six miles east of Plymouth, Fiddletown is a Gold Rush-era community with two important events a year, June's Fiddletown Flea, and September's Fiddletown Jamboree.
River Pines: At the northernmost end of the county, sitting at an elevation of about 2000 feet, is the tiny community of River Pines. Located just nine miles from Plymouth, River Pines is an unspoiled hamlet near the Cosumnes River and nestled in the towering pines of the El Dorado National Forest.
Volcano: , the "village" of Volcano, as the locals call it, sits in a bowl-shaped valley and is home to two historic hotels, both with restaurants, a handful of small shops, a theatre company, and approximately 100 or so residents.

58 counties in California County / Cities

Amador County
Cities & Towns
Sutter Creek

Amador County Annual Crops and Production

State/County Population Estimates with Annual Percent Change

California 38,648,090
Amador County 38,022


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