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As one of Amador County’s smallest communities, the “village” of Volcano, as the locals call it, sits in a bowl-shaped valley and is home to two historic hotels, both with restaurants, a handful of small shops, a theatre company, and approximately 100 or so residents. A quiet hamlet now, Volcano was once a booming gold rush-era town boasting more than 10,000 residents. Today, Volcano is home to a popular outdoor amphitheatre owned by the Volcano Theatre company, which performs plays outdoors, and in the company’s sister location, the Cobblestone Theatre, directly across the street.

Did you know?

Volcano was home to California’s first private law school, first astronomical observatory, and Brigadier General Harry B. Liversedge, leader of the regiment figured in the historic Iwo Jima flag raising.