Welcome to Jackson, California
At the crossroads of Scenic Highways 49 and 88, Gold Country adventures begin and end in Jackson. Charming, 150-year old Main Street boasts one of California’s oldest and most notorious establishments, the newly renovated National Hotel. Antiques, the Amador County Museum, gift shops, popular eateries, even a steam punk-themed bookstore attract shoppers and history buffs. A Gold Country adventure isn’t complete without experiencing the miner’s way of life on a tour of the legendary Kennedy Mine. Minutes from Main Street, the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort features top name entertainers, and Jackson’s location on beautiful Highway 88 makes it the ideal base camp for High Sierra camping, fishing, and snow sports.
In 1853, Jackson became the county seat of newly formed Amador County, California. Previously, from 1851–1852, it had been the county seat of Calaveras County. Jackson may therefore be the only city to have ever been county seat of two different counties at different times.
Top Five Things To Do:
- The National Hotel
- Amador County Museum
- Kennedy Gold Mine
- Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort
- Biggest Little Kitchen Store
The Kit Carson Mountain Men Wagon Train and Days of 49 Celebration, April. 27 – 30, 2017, brings Gold Rush history alive in charming, historic Amador County.
An authentic wagon train of 15 horse-drawn covered wagons will embark on a 4-day journey from Plymouth, CA, through the Highway 49 towns of Drytown, Amador City and Sutter Creek, to Jackson for a celebration of California’s pioneer heritage.
The colorful Kit Carson Mountain Men will rendezvous for their fourth living history wagon train re-enactment through the Gold Country, when everyone is invited to visit with horse-men and -women at stops and encampments along the way.
The public is invited to join the wagon train each afternoon and evening for barbecue dinners and casual entertainment. Admission is free to all events.
Saturday, May 20, 2017 - In Historic Downtown Jackson, California on Main Street.
It's the Motherlode Cruise on Main Street, Jackson, Saturday, May 20, 10 am to 3 pm. The Motherlode Cruise car show will take you back in time with 150 vintage cars, from Model Ts to muscle cars. Stroll down Main Street to enjoy the cars, fine arts and crafts for sale by local artists and Main Street’s unique shops and eateries. It’s free fun for the whole family in historic Jackson!