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County Coordinator 1996-2003
Lewis M. Ruddick
County Coordinator 2003-2017
State Coordinator: Elizabeth E. Bullard
Assistant State Coordinator: Marc Irish
Assistant State Coordinator: Bob Jenkins
Amador County was created by the California Legislature in 1854. The county later split into Amador, Calaveras, and El Dorado Counties. In 1864, part of the county's territory was given to Alpine County. In Spanish, the word amador means "one who loves".
The county is named for José María Amador, a soldier, rancher and miner born in San Francisco in 1794, the son of Sergeant Pedro Amador (a Spanish soldier who settled in California in 1771). In 1848, José Amador, with several Native Americans, established a successful gold mining camp near the present town of Amador City.
Some of the Mother Lode's most successful gold mines were located in Amador County, including the Kennedy, Argonaut, and Keystone.
The Luck of Roaring Camp is a short story by American author Bret Harte. It was first published in the August 1868 issue of the Overland Monthly and helped push Harte to international prominence. Harte lived in this area during the Gold Rush period and possibly based the story in a mining camp on the Mokelumne River.
El Dorado (north)
San Joaquin (southwest)