The Gold Rush of 1849 caused into being most of the colorful towns that remain vibrant in this part of California. Today, this area is largely sustained by the burgeoning wine industry as Amador is known for its deep and flavorful red wine grapes, mostly descendants of the fabled Mission Grape. But even those stalwart genes are not as persistent as those that remain peppered throughout the beautiful rolling hills of Amador in the form of shadowy evidence that is both elusive and right where it has been all your life but not understood at all by but a very few.
In 2006, a bypass and bridge were put in place right through some of the most vast continuous stone wall works. This colossal stonewall network can be seen from space and does proceed right through the uninhabited portion of the countryside and on through other counties and so forth. The part that can be viewed is on private property and is off-limits, but can be clearly seen from the bypass route.
The county is split by the scenic highway 49 , and we would be remiss to not feature a few of the more relevant sights here. From the stone walls and clear Nazca-like patterns, to the most striking geological features, Amador has some amazing, ancient, and perhaps even spiritually significant things to see and ponder.
There are many places to pull off and take a look at what there is to see. It must be stressed that nothing (REALLY nothing) should be removed for any reason from any location anywhere, ever (unless purchased, of course) .
Drone above the entire width of Amador County along the Highway 49 route