Irishtown, California

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Former settlement
Irishtown is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 38°23′20″N 120°40′29″W / 38.38889°N 120.67472°W / 38.38889; -120.67472Coordinates: 38°23′20″N 120°40′29″W / 38.38889°N 120.67472°W / 38.38889; -120.67472
CountryUnited States
CountyAmador County
Elevation1,972 ft (601 m)
GNIS feature ID1733395[1]
Reference no.38

Irishtown (also, Irish Town)[2] is a former settlement in Amador County, California. It was located 1.5 miles (2.4 km) south-southwest of Pine Grove,[2] at an elevation of 1972 feet (601 m). The townsite lies within the boundaries of Pine Grove.[3] Irishtown is a former Miwok settlement.[3]


When the first white people arrived to the area, en route to finding mines, they saw a "city of wigwams."[4][3] The Miwok also left signs of bedrock mortars in the stone. These bedrock mortars are remnants of food processing/grinding once used by the Miwok who lived in the area.[4][3]

Irishtown is now a part of Pine Grove. Albert Leonard, Pine Grove's first postmaster, lived in the area in 1854, in an inn that he built. It served as a popular spot to visit for those traveling between Jackson and Clinton.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Irishtown (historical)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-03-30.
  2. ^ 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. 538. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Irishtown (No. 38 California Historical Landmark)". Sierra Nevada Geotourism MapGuide. National Geographic. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Irishtown". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-03-30.