Fort Ann, California

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The mining settlement at Fort Ann appears near the top of this excerpt from the official 1866 map of Amador County.

Fort Ann is a former gold mining camp in Amador County, California. It was located on the South Fork of Dry Creek, 3.5 miles (5.6 km) north of Volcano.[1] Although local tradition has it that Fort Ann began as a military outpost, it began as a mining camp.[1]

The camp was in place by 1852. Mining occurred in the original camp's vicinity, with some gaps in time, until at least 1941, with people living in the settlement.[2][3][4] The camp appeared on the 1866 county map. Evidence of the camp and living quarters was reported to still be visible in 1967.[5]


  1. ^ a b Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 573. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  2. ^ Cook, Deborah Coleen (16 December 2018). Vestiges of Amador, Amador Ledger-Dispatch
  3. ^ Annual Report of the Director of the Mint, p. 68-69 (1885) (report of 1884 find at "a mine in Fort Ann")
  4. ^ Interview with Fred Clark, Amador County Historical Society (February 1979) (recorded personal account of resident of Fort Ann Mine area circa 1939-40)
  5. ^ Goode, Erwin G. California Gold Camps, p. 119-20 (1975)