|Amador City, CA, 1860's
This is a photograph taken of Amador City, before 1878. This is known because the Amador Hotel, as pictured, burned to the ground in 1878 (see newsarticle below). It is the large building in the foreground, the Fleehart building is just beyond it. Amador Creek is at the bottom of the photo flowing from E to W (left to right). The small building between the Creek and the Hotel is the butcher shop. The Keystone Mine is at the top of the photo, just below the brow of the hill. Just below the "newly built" building is the Eclipse Mine, with a hand-cranked windlass. It is speculated that this photo was taken in the late 1860's.Amador Dispatch, June 15, 1878.
Hotel burned at Amador-------- We learn the Hotel kept by Mr. C. Largomasini (Largomarsino) at Amador City, was destroyed by fire this Friday Morning. We were unable to get the full particulars as to the cause of the fire, or the amount of Loss sustained before going to press; but we are informed by a local insurance agent that the building, and its contents, were insured for $3500.
This photo of Amador City was generously submitted by Bill Baccus who had these comments;
"My recollection of the events surrounding this particular photograph are as
During one of my many visits to Amador City, in approximately 1980, I met a gentleman by the name of Bill Hart. Mr. Hart, and wife, ran an antique store on the west side of Hiway 49, in Amador City. Mr. Hart claimed to be a descendant of early settlers, and invited me into his Water St. home to discuss "old times." It was during this discussion that he showed the photograph to me. It was obviously authentic in nature, and was a dark, dull, sepia color, and had frayed edges.
I asked Mr. Hart if I might have a copy, whereupon he agreed. I further asked him if I could reproduce it for my family history, and he again agreed. He allowed me to take the photo back to Los Angeles with me, where I had two copies made. These were made in straight black & white, and not sepia tones. I wanted no confusion between Mr. Hart's original and the copies that he had so graciously allowed me to reproduce. I mailed the original back to his home in Amador City, forthwith."