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

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

Amador Canal was constructed as a 24-mile long mining ditch from 1870 to 1874.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 purchasing the business in 1875, Knight worked for owners Horace Campbell and David Hall. Over the next several decades, he would, in partnership with A.C. Kinloch and George W. Horn, expand and improve the business. It would become recognized as one of the premier foundry operations in California. This would not have been possible without the ingenuity of Samuel Knight and the building of the Amador Canal. Prior to the construction of the Amador Canal, Knight Foundry may have used steam power for a time, but otherwise relied on the fluctuating seasonal water flow in Sutter Creek. Water wheels used to drive machinery could only operate at full power when water levels were high. With the building of the Amador Canal, Knight was provided all the water power he needed to keep his operation moving at full speed.”

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