Amador City

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Amador City and County are named for Jose Maria Amador, a wealthy California rancher who mined along the Amador Creek in 1848. It was 1851 that the settlement of Amador City began, after gold outcroppings had been prospected on both sides of “Amadore’s Creek,” several hundred yards upstream from downtown. The “Original” or “Little” Amador Mine (north) and the Spring Hill (south) were probably Amador County’s first gold mines. The city’s most productive mine, the Keystone, produced about $24 million in gold!

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.

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Amador City, California
City
Historic buildings in Amador City
Historic buildings in Amador City
Nickname(s): The gold country’s hidden nugget
Motto: "Essence of the California Gold & Wine Country"
Location of Amador City in Amador County, California.
Location of Amador City in Amador County, California.
Amador City, California is located in the US
Amador City, California
Amador City, California
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 38°25′10″N 120°49′27″W / 38.41944°N 120.82417°W / 38.41944; -120.82417
Country  United States
State  California
County Amador
Settled 1853[citation needed]
Incorporated June 2, 1915[1]
Government
 • Mayor Tim Knox[2]
 • State Senate Tom Berryhill (R)[3]
 • State Assembly Frank Bigelow (R)[4]
 • U. S. Congress Tom McClintock (R)[5]
Area[6]
 • Total 0.31 sq mi (0.80 km2)
 • Land 0.31 sq mi (0.80 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)  0%
Elevation[7] 919 ft (280 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 185
 • Estimate (2016)[8] 191
 • Density 622.15/sq mi (240.00/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 95601
Area code(s) 209
FIPS code 06-01514
GNIS feature IDs 1657922, 2409693
Website www.amador-city.com

Amador City (formerly, Amadore's Creek and South Amador) is a city in Amador County, California, United States. The population was 185 at the 2010 census, down from 196 at the 2000 census.

Geography

Amador City is located at 38°25′10″N 120°49′27″W / 38.41944°N 120.82417°W / 38.41944; -120.82417Coordinates: 38°25′10″N 120°49′27″W / 38.41944°N 120.82417°W / 38.41944; -120.82417.

Only two miles from Sutter Creek on Highway 49, Amador City is the state’s smallest incorporated city by area. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), all of which is land.

History

Amador City was originally settled in 1849 at what is now Turner Road and Amador Creek ( an old wagon road between Drytown and Sutter Creek) by several groups of gold panners who were drawn to the area looking for their lucky strike. One of the groups was the Sunol Group. The Sunol group included Jose Maria Amador. Jose Maria Amador panned the creek however his main success was providing supplies that he brought up from his rancheria in the San Ramon area. Jose Maria Amador left the group after six months to return to his rancheria which suffered the exodus to the Sierra's and to care for his ailing wife. Jose Maria Amador must have made a significant impression among the other panners in the area. The creek, city and County would eventually carry the name "Amador". Early in 1851 gold quartz veins were discovered along the same creek but further west. Arrastras were brought to the area to crush the quartz. Shortly stamps mills were brought up to handle the hard quartz that the gold veins were embedded in. By September two stamp mills were erected along the Amador Creek. These stamp mills were so remarkable that it drew the attention of Eadweard Muybridge. He photographed the area and 3D images taken in 1851 were made of the stamp mills.


Amador City was incorporated into a city on June 2, 1915.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 824
1890 984 19.4%
1920 377
1930 171 −54.6%
1940 249 45.6%
1950 151 −39.4%
1960 202 33.8%
1970 156 −22.8%
1980 136 −12.8%
1990 196 44.1%
2000 196 0.0%
2010 185 −5.6%
Est. 2016 191 [8] 3.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

2010

The 2010 United States Census[10] reported that Amador City had a population of 185. The population density was 589.6 people per square mile (227.7/km²). The racial makeup of Amador City was 171 (92.4%) White, 0 (0.0%) African American, 4 (2.2%) Native American, 2 (1.1%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 2 (1.1%) from other races, and 6 (3.2%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11 persons (5.9%).

The Census reported that 185 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 85 households, out of which 22 (25.9%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 35 (41.2%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 9 (10.6%) had a female householder with no husband present, 3 (3.5%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 10 (11.8%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 0 (0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 26 households (30.6%) were made up of individuals and 9 (10.6%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18. There were 47 families (55.3% of all households); the average family size was 2.74.

The population was spread out with 37 people (20.0%) under the age of 18, 18 people (9.7%) aged 18 to 24, 40 people (21.6%) aged 25 to 44, 65 people (35.1%) aged 45 to 64, and 25 people (13.5%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.5 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

There were 108 housing units at an average density of 344.2 per square mile (132.9/km²), of which 54 (63.5%) were owner-occupied, and 31 (36.5%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 6.9%; the rental vacancy rate was 8.8%. 111 people (60.0% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 74 people (40.0%) lived in rental housing units.

2000

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 196 people, 85 households, and 54 families residing in the city. The population density was 601.7 people per square mile (229.3/km²). There were 91 housing units at an average density of 279.4 per square mile (106.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.82% White, 1.02% Native American, 4.08% from other races, and 4.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.18% of the population.

There are 85 households out of which 23.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.5% are married couples living together, 15.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 35.3% are non-families. 27.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.6% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.31 and the average family size is 2.76.

In the city, the population was spread out with 19.4% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 32.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 92.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $45,625, and the median income for a family was $39,861. Males had a median income of $30,313 versus $16,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,963. About 14.0% of families and 22.9% of the population are below the poverty line, including 42.5% of those under the age of 18 and none of those 65 and older.

Government and Politics

In the California State Legislature, Amador City is in the 8th Senate District, represented by Republican Tom Berryhill,[3] and in the 5th Assembly District, represented by Republican Frank Bigelow.[4]

In the United States House of Representatives, Amador City is in California's 4th congressional district, represented by Republican Tom McClintock.[5]

Points of interest

with the new patio.

Traveling the two blocks on Highway 49 the traveler can see signs of abandonment in this once thriving city, a contrast to the time when the placers and underground mines produced in abundance. An abandoned brick building stands next to the Fleehart Store, a beautiful reflection of the stone masonry of the time. Also on Main Street is the old Imperial Hotel, another example of the beautiful brickwork of California's past.[12] A bridge replacement project completed in 2014 has beautified and revitalized the center of the city, providing patio dining at the Imperial Hotel, new public restrooms and improved access to the many quaint shops, wine tasting rooms and purveyors of unique, tasty comestibles.

  • Little Amador Railroad — Remnants remain of an incredibly-detailed G-Scale model train set in a garden that featured miniature mines and mills and turn-of-the-century full-size mining equipment.
  • Amador City Cemetery — located behind the Imperial Hotel. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the 1.25-acre (5,100 m2) cemetery that dates back to the beginning of the town. Historic Highway 49
  • Amador Whitney Museum — located in one of the oldest commercial buildings in town, dating back 1860, the museum collects and displays items related to history and culture of the Mother Lode region. The museum is named after Mr. Whitney, an antique dealer, that bequeathed the building to the city of Amador to be used as a museum. Amador Whitney Museum

References

  1. ^ "California Cities by Incorporation Date". California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions. Archived from the original (Word) on November 3, 2014. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Amador City Government Overview". Amador City CA. Retrieved April 6, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Senators". State of California. Retrieved March 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Members Assembly". State of California. Retrieved March 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "California's 4th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  6. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 19, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Amador". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2007-05-24. 
  8. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Amador City city". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  12. ^ Division of Mines, The Motherlode Country, Bulletin 141

External links

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amador_City,_California

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