Gold Country Visitors Love Volcano

The Volcano Theatre Company presents "House of Frankenstein" by Martin Downing playing Sept. 28 through Nov. 2, 2013; Directed by Rolf Hein. In the Cobblestone Theatre, Friday & Saturday curtain is 8:00 PM and Sunday matinees begin at 2:00.

A brilliant coming together of some of the most famous classic horror stories ever written creating a frightening blend of laughter and mock horror. Guaranteed to leave you in stitches! Cobblestone Theatre, Volcano, Ca. For more information, visit


Big Crush Harvest Festival -- Each year, we celebrate the grape harvest by inviting our friends to join our 37 member wineries and get in on this most exciting time of year.  BIG CRUSH is a grand time to see the harvest in action and this year we’ll be experiencing an exceptional one! Saturday, October 5th & Sunday, October 6th, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. you’re invited to see the Crush in full swing. Scenes of teeming vineyards, trudging tractors, bustling crush pads are accompanied by incomparable non-stop Amador wine region hospitality! Creative food & wine pairings, music, and entertainment presented by warm & friendly family wineries.

Please join us and enjoy the sights, sounds, and aromas of this exciting harvest season. Tickets for the “Big Crush,” are good for wine tasting, food and all activities. Each ticket includes a commemorative wine glass. For more information and tickets, visit


Historic Emigrant Trail tour Sunday, Oct 6 2013 -- In 1849 gold rushers came by the thousands to California with the dream of getting rich. The 49er Trail passes through Sorensen's Resort, Hope Valley, and over Carson Pass. Join this tour and listen to the many fascinating tales of hardship and toil. See the visible remnants left by tens of thousands of wagon wheels and visit a pioneer grave. Your tour leader and author (Gold Rush Trail and Hiking the Gold Rush Trail available at Sorensen's) Frank Tortorich will provide the stories that will make the experience come alive.

The activities start with a free slide show and diary readings the night before and all guests are welcome. The tour is designed for all ages with the walking portions moderate over uneven ground. Some participants may be asked to drive their own car.

For Tour reservation and lodging, contact Sorensen's Resort at 1-800.423.9949 or visit


Gold Country Visitors loves Volcano … the town, that is! The town of Volcano is named for its bowl-shaped valley which early miners thought was caused by a volcano. The early morning fog that rises from the valley floor, typical of the area, reinforced that belief. The area was first known by Colonel

Stevenson’s men who mined Soldiers Gulch in 1849. In 1851 a post office was established and by April 1852 there were 300 houses. By 1853 the flats and gulches swarmed with men and there were 11 stores, 6 hotels, 3 bakeries, and 3 saloons. Hydraulic mining operations begun in 1855 brought thousands of fortune seekers to form a town of 17 hotels, a library, a theater, and courts of quick justice.

During the Civil War, Volcano’s gold served the Union. The Volcano Blues smuggled the Cannon  “Old Abe,” into the town by hearse, to intimidate rebel sympathizers. The cannon was cast by Cyrus Alger & Co. in Boston in 1837 and is the first of two 6-pounders made on the same day to be stamped with serial number 4. The cannon was never fired. The other cannon still survives at Shiloh Battlefield and is called “Shiloh Sam”. Abe is the only cannon of that age in the U.S. still on a nineteenth century wooden carriage, and has had an interesting history all on its own.

The landmark St. George Hotel, located in Volcano, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Volcano almost became the county seat in 1854 and again in 1857, but the newspaper closed in 1857 and afterwards, the town began to decline.

Although small, Volcano is a town of many “firsts” in California including the first theater group, debating society, library, private school, law school, legal hanging, astronomical observatory, and solar still.