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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, making it the smallest city in California by size.
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.
At the 2000 census there were 196 people in 85 households, including 54 families, in the city.
Points of Interest
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. It is currently unused.
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