The Gold Rush of 1849 added a notable California element to nineteenth-century American culture.
The heritage of the 49'ers is most evident in the remaining towns of the Mother Lode gold country, of which Amador City is a tiny gem. Most of these towns hit their population peak in the 1850's or 60's. Amador had 6000 residents in 1860, but only 185 now - the smallest incorporated city in the state.
There is a very consistent and recognizable look to these towns. They were originally built of wood and canvas, and burned down repeatedly. But eventually they were rebuilt in brick and stone, with heavy iron doors and shutters to make them fireproof.
Photographed with a Canon 5D Mark II digital SLR with a 15mm Canon fisheye lens, on a Nodal Ninja VR mount, Really Right Stuff ballhead, and Gitzo carbon-fiber tripod. Stitched with PTGui Pro 9 on a Macintosh Intel Core 2 Duo iMac, retouched with Photoshop CS3.
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