Jackson in Amador County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Sesquicentennial Court House Site
In the “great fire” of August, 1862, the first court house and much of Jackson were destroyed. County Judge Marion Gordon urged supervisors to rebuild. By January, 1864, the county had a new, 2-story brick court house standing here.
In 1893 the county out-grew the court house, and erected a matching, 2-story brick hall of records next to it. A catwalk connected the two. Jail prisoners exercised in intervening ground. When more room was needed, the county filled in the space between the two buildings.
By the 1930s, the two buildings had become one. But supervisors decided the 19th century style needed modernizing. By 1940 the art deco façade you see was the result. Thus, a 1940 skin covers a 1864 court house, 1893 hall of records, and 20th century fill-in. No more unique court house exists.
Since the beginning of the county in 1854 its citizens have sought justice and upheld law in its court houses here. We, therefore, in Amador County’s Sesquicentennial
Barney Noël, Grand President
Native Sons of the Golden West
Amador Parlor #17
Excelsior Parlor #31
Ione Parlor #33
In cooperation with the
Amador County Sesquicentennial Committee
Erected 2004 by Native Sons of the Golden West and Amador County Sesquicentennial Committee.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
Location. 38° 20.962′ N, 120° 46.395′ W. Marker is in Jackson, California, in Amador County. Marker can be reached from Summit Street near Court Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is mounted in the grass in front of the Old County Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 108 Court Street, Jackson CA 95642, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Memoriam: The '49ers (here, next to this marker); The Court House Well (here, next to this marker); Constitution Saloon (a few steps from this marker); Law Office Excelsior Parlor 31 (within shouting distance of this marker); S. Harris Clothing Store (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Steckler's Building (about 300 feet away); M Harris Clothing Store (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jackson.
More about this marker. The court house building is located at the intersection of Court and Summit Streets.
Categories. • Government • Notable Buildings •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 24, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,018 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 24, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 7, 8. submitted on May 6, 2016, by James King of San Miguel, California.