Buffalo Chips in California Gold Country

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

Amador City
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This day in Sacramento, the gray clouds and fog of January, parted long enough to provide blue skies.  It has been a welcome sight.

Finding clear skies, I looked at the calendar and schedule this morning, and found them clear as well.  This gave incentive to grab the camera, and head East on Highway 16 from Sacramento.  There are little California Gold Rush era towns, with names like Slough House and Bridge House, before reaching the Highway 49 turnoff heading south.   About 35 miles from Sacramento, travelers reach Amador City, just 2 miles beyond Dry Town.  In Amador City, there is a neat little ice cream and sandwich shop by the name of "The Buffalo Chips" which makes fantastic cheeseburgers, fries and sundaes.   I was more then ready to shake off a little cabin fever, take a few steps back in time, and give "The Buffalo Chips" a visit.

Even before the California Gold Rush was spurred by the 1849 discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, John Sutter had a lumbering operation in the vicinity of Amador City.

In the past, I have spent wonderful times with grandkids in the old Gold Rush towns along this ribbon of road between Sacramento and Jackson.  One favorite memory came during a "Paint Your Wagon" weekend.  For those of you who remember the old 1969 Lee Marvin movie by that name, you will recall it as a hilarious comedy of California Gold Rush antics in "fictitiously" named  "No Name City" - which I am certain is a spoof on Jackson, California (approximately 6 miles from Amador City).  The kids and I started off on a Friday night watching the old flick, while picnicking and camping out on the living room floor.  The next morning we woke early, jumped in the car, and headed to Gold Country, to explore mines and caverns in the area, and to dine on ice cream.

Rich mining and pioneer history is steeped along this daisy chain of little gold rush towns and communities.  Dry Town, Amador City, Sutter Creek and Jackson are all delightful places.  Angel's Camp, Columbia, Murphy's, are also close by.

When I view old photographs from the 1860s to present day, I am amazed at how little change has come to the little community.  The major change is the paved road that now occupies what was once only dirt.

Amador City is named after Jose' Maria Amador, who with his companions set up camp in 1848, to collect gold from the creek bottom.  Amador was well known as a ranchero from the Livermore Valley.  He had left his comfortable home in search of riches in this wild Sierra Foothill countryside.

For more history on Amador City you can visit:

http://www.historichwy49.com/amador/amadorhistory.html and http://www.amador-city.com/

For Gold Rush Country activities in the 40 mile vicinity between Sacramento and Jackson - including cavern tours, gold mine tours, dining and lodging, you can visit:

http://www.amadorcountychamber.com and http://www.touramador.com


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Chris Canfield
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Tucson, AZ
Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona

Hi Myrl - Looks like a delightful town to spend a few hours!

Jan 12, 2011 11:36 AM #1
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

What a wonderful day you had Myrl! Me? I am buried... in snow... LOL. And are you telling me Paint Your Wagons came out in 1969? No way... not that long ago... LOL!

Great post, and I love the photos, as always! You make me want to jump in my car and drive out there. Thank you!

Jan 12, 2011 12:24 PM #2
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Chris - It really is.  Many folks prefer Sutter Creek a couple of miles away, but somehow, I've always cherished Amador City for it's more quiet and smaller feel.

Jan 12, 2011 12:31 PM #3
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Andrea - We've had a flurry of gray skies and fog for several days.  I was ready for a break.  Hopefully your snows will lesson, and provide you with a break as well.

Jan 12, 2011 12:32 PM #4
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Myrl, What a cute town.  It truly looks like a step back in time.  Great slide show.  So how was the burger?


Jan 12, 2011 01:56 PM #5
Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton
The Nines Team At Keller Williams - Stockton, CA
The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton

Myrl - What a great treat ... you are always taking us for adventures to places I haven't visited for a long time ... and now my summer outing schedule is filling up!  BUT ... Buffalo Chips ... may not wait for spring!  Thanks ...

Jan 12, 2011 02:35 PM #6
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Myrl, Naturally I loved this and learning about Amador. Your certainly write a wonderful narrative and you make these old towns come to life in your descriptions as we experience them through your eyes. Well done! 

Jan 12, 2011 02:55 PM #7
Nina Rogoff
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Medfield, MA
Sells Real Estate!

Myrl, I love the way those buildings sit right alongside the road. You can just picture it looking this way when it was just a dusty, dirt road. Those gold-rush towns would be a big hit with my kids! We'll have to put them on our travel "wish list".

Jan 12, 2011 03:08 PM #8
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Myrl, what a wonderful little town!  Great photos!  I love that they have kept the buildings and maintained them!  Very nice, we may have to try to get up that way some day!

Jan 12, 2011 06:44 PM #9
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Myrl - I really enjoyed seeing Amador through your pictures. It must be so much fun to take the kids to these little old towns.

Jan 13, 2011 12:06 AM #10
Erin Golding
Hallmark Sotheby's International Realty Hopkinton, MA - Bellingham, MA

Wow Myrl!  What great photos and I love the history here.  Makes me want to come out and visit those little gold rush towns.

Jan 13, 2011 12:55 AM #11
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello Myrl and all I can say is great history information with great photos attached, and featured at one of my favorite groups ...



Jan 13, 2011 11:34 AM #12
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Myrl, I love this little town's buildings.  Glad to hear the sun is back too, this was a great place to get away- looks like fun.

Jan 13, 2011 03:23 PM #13
Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor


What a beautiful old town. Very scenic and peaceful looking. :)


Jan 14, 2011 02:22 AM #14
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Myrl, I always love your slide shows and I also loved the history lesson about your area.  I love the history of the west.

Jan 14, 2011 02:41 PM #15
Jim Hale
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

I love your slide shows of the great old towns of your area.  Keep 'em comin'.

Jan 14, 2011 03:25 PM #16
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Myrl - Glad to hear that you had a few hours of blue skies and good weather; this has been a strange winter.

Jan 15, 2011 10:40 AM #17
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