One of California's smallest incorporated communities, beautiful little Amador City has a official population of 212 souls. The block-long town is located on Highway 49 a few miles north of Sutter Creek in Amador County. Amador City features shops, restaurants and several renovated historic hotels and bed and breakfast inns. The little Amador Whitney Museum features early-day artifacts and focuses on the role of women in the Mother Lode. Admission is free to the museum, which is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.
Amador City is named for José Maria Amador, who was a rancher in what is now the San Ramon Valley.
The Keystone Mine, located close by, produced $24 million in gold. Today the Mine House Inn, orginally the headquarters for the Keystone Mine, does duty as a bed and breakfast inn. During the Gold Rush, Amador City was larger than Sutter Creek, but today the opposite is true.
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