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Fiddletown - Amador County
(Previously Known as Oleta)


Looking Down Main Street, Fiddletown
Looking Down Main Street

Our next stop was the old town of Fiddletown, which was known for several years as Oleta. It is a very small, sleepy town today with one main street. Most of the old buildings are made of brick, schist, and rhyolite tuff. One of the most interesting buildings was a store which was made of rammed earth adobe made for a Chinese doctor. In 1948 it is was described as "dilapidated," but today it has been preserved and has a memorial in front.

The rhyolite tuff was acquired from a quarry about 1 miles east of Fiddletown.

Rammed Earth Building
Rammed Earth Building

Brick Store in Fiddletown
Brick Store in Fiddletown

Schallhorn Smithy in Fiddletown
Schallhorn Smithy in Fiddletown

 


Fiddletown Memorial Plaque for the Rammed Earth Adobe house reads:

Rammed Earth Adobe Built 1850
Home-Office-Store of Dr. Yee, Chinese Herb Doctor
February 24, 1968.
Memorial Plaque for the Rammed Earth Adobe



Schallhorn Blacksmith and Wagon Shop

Schallhorn Blacksmith and Wagon Shop (side wall)

Restored Rammed Earth Adobe

Schallhorn Blacksmith and
Wagon Shop

Schallhorn Blacksmith and
Wagon Shop (side wall)

Restored Rammed Earth Adobe

Restored Rammed Earth Adobe (side wall)

Abandoned Brick Store

 

Restored Rammed Earth Adobe
(side wall)

Abandoned Brick Store

 


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