Site information:On State Hwy 49 (P.M. 13.7), 0.2 mi N of Drytown
Plaque information:State plaque at listed site above and private plaque in town
State plaque text:Drytown
Founded 1848. Oldest town and first in which gold was discovered in Amador County. Its venerable town hall and other picturesque structures remain. Was not "dry" as name implies, containing 26 saloons at one time.
Department of Public Works - Division of Highways
Private plaque text:Rich placer mining, 1850s. Origin of town's name: Lack of water in nearby creek to wash gold. Many Chinese laborers in fields & mines. East gateway to New Chicago, New Philadelphia, Amador City; Quartz mines: Fremont-Gover & Treasure (1867), Bunker Hill (1853); Scene of Rancheria massacre (1855); Dynan monument.
Dedicated 1988 by Amador County Historical Society. Native Daughters of the Golden West, Forrest Parlor No. 86, Plymouth, CA.<p.