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The CAGenWeb Project sincerely thanks the dedicated volunteers who devoted time and effort toward making this site a successful one:

Art Michaelis, County Coordinator 1996-2003
Lewis M. Ruddick, County Coordinator 2003-2017

State Coordinator: Elizabeth E. Bullard
Assistant State Coordinator: Marc Irish
Assistant State Coordinator: Bob Jenkins


A Little Bit About Amador County

Map of California with Amador Highlighted

Amador County was created by the California Legislature in 1854. The county later split into Amador, Calaveras, and El Dorado Counties. In 1864, part of the county's territory was given to Alpine County. In Spanish, the word amador means "one who loves".

The county is named for José María Amador, a soldier, rancher and miner born in San Francisco in 1794, the son of Sergeant Pedro Amador (a Spanish soldier who settled in California in 1771). In 1848, José Amador, with several Native Americans, established a successful gold mining camp near the present town of Amador City.

Some of the Mother Lode's most successful gold mines were located in Amador County, including the Kennedy, Argonaut, and Keystone.

The Luck of Roaring Camp is a short story by American author Bret Harte. It was first published in the August 1868 issue of the Overland Monthly and helped push Harte to international prominence. Harte lived in this area during the Gold Rush period and possibly based the story in a mining camp on the Mokelumne River.

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Neighboring Counties

Map Showing Amador Neighbors


El Dorado (north)
Alpine (east)
Calaveras (south)
San Joaquin (southwest)
Sacramento (west)








This site was updated last on 21-Jan-2018 21:25