Nestled between the plains of the Sacramento Valley and the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, on the western margin of Amador County, is the beautiful region surrounding Ione and the Jackson Valley. Described as two of the most attractive and fertile areas of the Central Sierra region, both have been home to farmers, ranchers, and merchants for more than 150 years. From the thriving little town of Ione to the “four corners” gathering place known as Buena Vista, the region remains a favorite for residents and tourists alike. Recreational attractions such as the historic Preston Castle and Lakes Camanche, Pardee, and Amador lure visitors from both near and far.
About the Author
Historic archaeologist and Amador County archivist Deborah Coleen Cook presents here a distinctive look at these valleys, showing views from the early history of the region through to the 21st century. Gathering images from the Amador County Archives and private collections, she tells this story with a unique and interesting approach. Cook, a resident of the Jackson Valley, is also the editor of the Amadorian history quarterly and author of numerous historical and technical articles on gold rush history. She is also the author of Arcadia Publishing’s Jackson.
Table of Contents
The Native Land and the Newcomers 9
The Arroyo Seco Grant 21
Down to Business in Ione City 33
A Place to Call Home 49
Law and Order in a Small Town 65
Around the Ione Valley 73
Traditions and Amusements 83
The Jackson Valley and Beyond 91
Clay, Coal, and Sand 107
A Modern Hamlet 121