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Amador County, California
The nicest town in the Gold Country
The Jewel of the Mother Lode
Founded in 1848 by Captain Jon Sutter, Sutter Creek played a starring role in California's golden history. In 1845-46, the original settlers came in search of timber, not gold. With discovery of gold in 1848, Sutter Creek became a mecca for gold seekers from around the world. The Widman, Lincoln, and Central Eureka Mines opened in the 1850's. Homes and businesses sprang up along what is now Hwy 49. A number of fires destroyed wood frame buildings, but the brick and greenstone buildings remain to this day. As the mines prospered, so did the townsfolk. Large, stately homes sprang up along Spanish and Main Streets. Leland Stanford, founder of Stanford University, is one of Sutter Creek's most famous former resident
With the closure of the mines in the 1920's and 1950's, Sutter Creek experienced a decline. Sutter Creek today is the legacy of the town's first shopkeepers and business owners. Gingerbread Victorians, spare New England structures and Greek Revival buildings line the streets where once there were horse-drawn carriages.
Here is a history page for Sutter Creek.
Sutter Creek is centrally located for the Mother Lode of the Sierra Foothills. Within minutes are numerous Gold Rush Historic sites and state parks like Chaw-Se Indian Grinding Rocks, while 25 miles to the north is Coloma, the site of James Marshall's discovery of gold, at Sutter's mill. With mountain rivers forming the north and south boundaries of Amador County, and numerous lakes, both natural and man-made, excellent fishing can be found by either driving or hiking to your chosen site. If your sport is golf, then visit one of the champion courses in the area.
Today's "gold" can be found amongst the many family owned wineries, where quality wines and friendly atmosphere are in abundance, or in the myriad of antique and collectibles stores, where treasures await to be discovered.
Learn all about Sutter Creek
Samuel Knight Foundry - The oldest continuously operating water powered machine shop and foundry in the United States.
Monteverde General Store Museum - Historic General Store Museum.
Open weekends 10 to 3 pm.
Sutter Gold Mine - A commercial venture offering underground tours, panning and a visitor center.
Indian Grinding Rock State Historical Park - Open daily, featuring a cultural and art center focusing on Miwok Native Californians. Nature trails, ceremonial buildings and campgrounds.
Daffodil Hill - Each spring this ranch blooms with over 400,000 daffodils and other flowering plants in a historical landscape. Call for exact dates.
Kennedy Mine Tours - This 1880 gold mine, once one of the richest in the Mother Lode, offers tours and panning on weekends. Open March to October.
Amador Flower Farm - Beautiful 12 acre-garden in the Shenandoah Valley specializing in over 800 varieties of daylilies, display gardens, gift store and picnic area.
Amador Wine Country - With over a 150 year history in wine production, Amador County now boast 22 award winning wineries, offering tours and wine tasting in a small friendly environment.
Sutter Creek Visitor's Center
P.O. Box 1234
Sutter Creek, CA 95685
Phone: (209) 267-1344
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