Amador City California
Amador City is a small gold rush town in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. I'm guessing that Amador City once had a population of a thousand or more. Today it's population is 196. Amador city was established in the 1850s and has a large number of surviving 19th century buildings. The town mostly burned down in 1878 but some buildings survived that fire. It's a great town to walk around in. There aren't many services for tourists compared to some of the other nearby gold rush towns. There also weren't nearly as many tourists when I was there. Here is a nice site with photographs and stories of some of the buildings: Amador City Walking Tour. Just outside of Amador City, South on Old Highway 49 are the remains of the Keystone Mine. There is a parking area, some informational plaques and a few visible ruins but the bulk of the mine is off limits.