California State Route 88
In fact, Route 88 over the Carson Pass is designated as Alternate U. S.50, such that it may be used during floods of the American River Canyon. SR88 is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System and is eligible for the State Scenic Highway System, however, it is only a scenic highway as designated by Caltrans from the Dew Drop ranger station to the Nevada state line. The road is open all winter but can be subject to restrictions or short-term closure due to snow or ice. SR88 begins just outside Stockton as Waterloo Road, heading northeast towards Waterloo, the highway turns north at Waterloo, and SR88 continues north to an intersection with SR12, where the latter runs concurrently. SR88 continues through Lockeford and Clements before continuing into Amador County, continuing northeast, SR88 intersects the southern terminus of SR124 and the eastern terminus of SR104 before passing through the town of Sunnybrook. In the community of Martell, SR88 turns south, running concurrently with SR49 for a period of time, before turning northeast again.
The highway continues northeast into Pioneer Station, Cooks Station, SR88 continues paralleling the county line with El Dorado County in El Dorado National Forest before passing by Silver Lake and Kirkwood, where SR88 crosses into Alpine County. In Alpine County, SR88 continues by Caples Lake before running concurrently with SR89 until Woodfords, the highway continues through Paynesville before entering Nevada as Nevada State Route 88. Route 88 is one of three routes to continue with the same route number after crossing into Nevada, the others being Routes 28 and 266. Listed in order from west to east, the Trail of the 1844 John C. This town once decided Amador County elections as its votes were always counted last, irishtown, at the intersection of Pine Grove Wieland Rd. in Pine Grove—This was an important stopping place for emigrants on their way to the southern mines. The first white settlers on this spot found it a city of wigwams and this difficult portion of the road was used by thousands of vehicles from 1848 to 1863, when a better route was blasted out of the face of the cliff at Carson Spur.
One is at the intersection of Mud Lake Rd, the second marker is at postmile ALP2.4, at Caples Lake. Hams Station was built by 1879 and originally served as a station on the highway. Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Kirkwood Kirkwoods, a resort, stage station, the building straddles the Alpine–Amador county line. The Kit Carson Marker, at the summit of Carson Pass, the original can be found at Sutters Fort, Sacramento. On some large rocks near Carson Pass, a group of pioneers inscribed their names, completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad in 1869 greatly decreased traffic on the wagon road. The original highway number was 8 in Amador County, old CA-8 overlaps present CA-88 from Alpine County to Jackson but continues south to Mokelumne Hill, to Valley Springs and other points south
Amador County, California
Amador County, officially the County of Amador, is a county in the U. S. state of California, in the Sierra Nevada. As of the 2010 census, the population was 38,091, Amador County bills itself as The Heart of the Mother Lode and lies within the Gold Country. There is a viticultural industry in the county. Amador County was created by the California Legislature on May 11,1854, the county split into Amador, and El Dorado Counties. It was organized on July 3,1854, in 1864, part of the countys territory was given to Alpine County. The county is named for José María Amador, a soldier and miner, born in San Francisco in 1794, in 1848, Jose Maria Amador, with several Native Americans, established a successful gold mining camp near the present town of Amador City. In Spanish, the word means one who loves. Some of the Mother Lodes most successful mines were located in Amador County, including the Kennedy, Argonaut. The Luck of Roaring Camp is a story by American author Bret Harte. It was first published in the August 1868 issue of the Overland Monthly, Harte lived in this area during his Gold Rush period, and possibly based the story in a mining camp on the Mokelumne River.
According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 606 square miles. It is the fifth-smallest county in California by land area and second-smallest by total area, water bodies in the county include Lake Amador, Lake Camanche, Pardee Reservoir, Bear River Reservoir, Silver Lake, Sutter Creek, Cosumnes River, Mokelumne River, and Tabeaud Lake. Amador County is located approximately 45 miles southeast of Sacramento in the part of California known as the Mother Lode, Amador County ranges in elevation from approximately 250 feet in the western portion of the county to over 9,000 feet in the eastern portion of the county. Though not as known as the Napa Valley AVA or Sonoma Valley AVA viticultural regions of California. With the discovery of gold, the quickly became a mecca for those trying to make their fortune. In the process numerous wineries sprouted up, many of whose vineyards are still in use by wineries today, the decline of the California Gold Rush coupled with the onset of Prohibition devastated the wine-making region of Amador County.
Today this area has been resurrected and is now home to over 40 different wineries, Amador County is renowned for its Zinfandel, but many other varietals are produced as well. Amador County has a percentage of old Zinfandel vines