Amador City - A Little California Gold Rush Town

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

Yesterday morning, as my grandson and I traveled East on Highway 16 from Sacramento, we made journey through little California Gold Rush era towns, with names like Sloughhouse and Bridge House, before reaching the Highway 49 turnoff heading south.  About 35 miles from Sacramento, travelers arrive in Amador City, three miles south of Dry Town, 2 miles north of another historic community, Sutter Creek, and a mere 4 miles more on into Jackson. These places along the journey, form a daisy chain of towns and communities steeped in rich mining and pioneer history.

I snapped the photos below in Amador City. Its stretch along Highway 49 is no more than a block or two long, but it is a fun place to stop, enjoy the scenery, while visiting quaint shops. Even before the California Gold Rush was spurred by discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, John Sutter had a lumbering operation in the vicinity of Amador City.

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: and

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: and

I take pictures for the purpose of remembering fond times.  I do not impose copyright restrictions on this photo, so you may feel free to use, or distribute as you wish.  However, should you need a Real Estate Professional in the Greater Sacramento area, I hope that you will contact me by email or by visiting my website - Thank You!


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Steven Nickens
Elite Pacific Properties Maui - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

Hi Myrl, I have visited Sutter, your right they look like you think they would have been back there.

Oct 01, 2018 05:57 PM #1
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Myrl Jeffcoat,

I love the photos and that you spent quality time with your grandson exploring! How wonderful..he will always remember these times with you.

Oct 01, 2018 07:31 PM #2
Kristal Wilson
Strategic Sales and Marketing - Chino Hills, CA
Cause We Like 'Em New ~ New Home Specialist!

Myrl Jeffcoat ~ it’s almost like strolling through a forgotten time. Hope you and your grandson enjoyed your road trip

Oct 02, 2018 02:19 AM #3
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Myrl Jeffcoat it's rare to see those original features on buildings....our downtown had a similar look without the ornate's been totally renovated now from end to end....

Oct 02, 2018 04:46 AM #4
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Your grandson is lucky to travel with you and I enjoy seeing the pictures from you travels, so many fun places you go!

Oct 02, 2018 07:09 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Myrl. I really enjoy your jaunts, prose and pictures. This made me smile.

Oct 02, 2018 07:33 AM #6
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Looks like a fun place. We have the territorial capital north of us in a town called Guthrie. It has a huge masonic retreat that is open for tours and the twon has restored it's original fronts on main street.

Oct 02, 2018 08:41 AM #7
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Hi ya, Myrl: We were just through Amador County a few weeks back to buy lilies for our Land Park garden at the Amador Flower Farm. Must have driven right past the turnoff for this town.

Looks like a place where you can still tie up your horse.

We should set another lunch date since you had to cancel this week. I am in Sacramento until the 18th, back the second week in November. Let's schedule something between 11/9 and 11/26. Lemme know.

Oct 02, 2018 08:41 AM #8
Pat Champion
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty - Mount Dora, FL
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I am sure your grandson is enjoying making memories with his Grandmother. Enjoy those memories and time with him.

Oct 02, 2018 09:40 AM #9
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your photographs and for telling us about Amador City.

Oct 02, 2018 11:25 AM #10
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

The gold rush lives in NOCAL and you paint a great picture Myrl Jeffcoat 

Oct 02, 2018 01:12 PM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We actually have visited Amador and you took some beautiful photos.  And they make some wonderful wines in that area.  A

Oct 02, 2018 01:45 PM #12
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