Modern Day Sutter Creek

A charming balance of old and new, today’s Sutter Creek maintains its Gold Rush facade while catering to the wants and needs of visitors from around the world. Shop, dine, slumber, stroll, wine taste, and enjoy the atmosphere of Sutter Creek in California’s Amador County.

Located about 45 miles southeast of Sacramento. Sutter Creek is ideally situated in the heart of the Sierra Foothill Wine Country and is Amador County’s most walkable town with Bed and Breakfast Inns, restaurants, wine tasting rooms and shops on beautiful Main Street.

Sutter Creek is the perfect hub to explore the Sierra Foothill Wine regions including Amador’s own Shenandoah Valley, El Dorado County’s Fairplay region and Calaveras County’s wine region. Amador County’s Shenandoah Valley has become a thriving and popular wine growing region of California and is often quoted as being “like Napa and Sonoma were thirty five years ago.“

Plan to visit Sutter Creek, the Jewel of the Motherlode, and one of California's finest and friendliest small towns.

Visitor Information: www.suttercreek.org

SACRAMENTO VALLEY: Knight Foundry: A Window into the Industrial Technology of the 1800s

By: Carl Gwyn (9-19-17) Nestled in a corner of the beautiful Gold Rush town of Sutter Creek, you’ll find the only remaining water-powered foundry in the United States. Established in 1873 to supply equipment for the Gold Rush and other developing industries of the new state of California, Knight Foundry operated continuously, with little technological [...]

Mercury News: California’s newest historic site is pure gold for families

Built in 1873 at the height of the Gold Rush's second wave, Sutter Creek's Knight Foundry was one of the nation's first hydroelectric foundries. Today it's the last of its kind. (Photo: Jackie Burrell/Bay Area News Group) SUTTER CREEK — Long narrow belts whir across the ceiling of the cavernous structure, the sound buzzing, thrumming [...]

Native Sons of the Golden West – Sutter Creek Retro Ramblings

By: Douglas Love, Grand HistorianTucked in the golden foothills of the Mother Lode is a jewel of a town. As a matter of fact, it is known as “The Jewel of The Mother Lode” and it is Sutter Creek. Sutter Creek was founded by John Sutter in 1846 as a lumber camp. The lumbering in [...]

Vestiges of Amador-The Annals of Knight Foundry, Part 3

Ledger Dispatch article by Deborah Cook on Apr 16, 2017 Updated Apr 27, 2017 "Just three short blocks off Highway 49 in Sutter Creek, straddling both sides of Eureka and Borgh Way, sits one of the most unique industrial factories in the United States – Knight Foundry. This water-powered wonder has sat mostly idle for [...]

Vestiges of Amador-The Annals of Knight Foundry, Part 2

Ledger Dispatch article by Deborah Cook on Apr 9, 2017 Updated Apr 27, 2017 "Sutter Creek is home to many historic treasures, but none so unique as Knight Foundry. This engineering marvel was the product of the dreams and imagination of Samuel Newman Knight, a native of Maine, who came to California in 1862. Before [...]

The “Home Shop Machinist” blasts newsletter about Knight Foundry to 50,000 members!

On April 5, 2017, "The Home Shop Machinist" newsletter was blasted out to its 50,000+ email database and it carried an article about Sutter Creek's Knight Foundry. THE HOME SHOP MACHINIST ARTICLE IN PART Knight Foundry A Historic Industrial Crown Jewel The Knight Foundry, set in the heart of Sutter Creek, California, began operation during the [...]

Knight Foundry is now a member of the Conference of California Historical Societies (CCHS)

The Knight Foundry Alliance (http://www.knightfoundry.com) and the Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation (SCCBF) jointly held a community fund raising, open house on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Knight Foundry. Located in Sutter Creek CA, the Knight Foundry is a premier relic of the Mother Lode gold mining history. The Foundry is America’s last water-powered cast [...]

Sutter Creek, California: Knight Foundry Acquisition a Reality

Following decades of effort and negotiations, the City of Sutter Creek has entered into an agreement to acquire the historic Knight Foundry complex. The Knight Foundry, for those not familiar, is one of the most significant and remarkably well-preserved historic industrial properties in the country. Established in 1873 and operating continuously into the 1990s, Knight [...]