Do you have any idea where Ione, California is? I didn’t. Until one day when my sister-in-law invited us there for Thanksgiving…that’s the only time I got to know this town.
Wikipedia says, “Ione is a city in Amador County, California, United States. The population was 7,918 at the 2010 census, up from 7,129 at the 2000 census.”
History of Ione. Ione is located in the fertile Ione Valley, which is believed to be named by Thomas Brown around 1849 after one of the heroines in Edward Bulwer Lytton’s drama “The Last Days of Pompeii.” During the days of the Gold Rush, the miners knew the town by the names of “Bedbug” and “Freezeout.” Unlike other communities in Amador County, which were founded on gold mining, Ione was a supply center, stage and rail stop and agricultural hub.
The Town of Ione continued to grow and prosper after its gold rush founding. The first school was built in 1853. The historic Methodist Church was organized in 1853 and the structure was completed in 1862. The first flour mill was built in 1855. The first brick building was built by Daniel Stewart in 1855 for his general merchandise store and is still owned and operated by the same family.
At the centennial of 1876, Ione had a population of about 600 which included about 100 Chinese who lived in Ione’s Chinatown. The town included one public school, 4 churches, 4 general stores, one meat market, one laundry, one brewery, a resturant, millinery shop, an art gallery, six saloons, a drug store and barber shop, and many other business establishments. The centennial also celebrated the completion of the railroad to the town of Ione. The centennial celebration was the beginning of what is now known as the Ione Homecoming. This annual celebration has been held during the month of May almost every year since that first Centennial celebration in 1876 and is now held on the first weekend in May every year.
The City of Ione was incorporated as a General Law City in 1953 and is now the largest city in Amador County. (To read more of its history click: HERE)
Danella (my sister-in-law) said that they don’t have crime in Ione. This place is close to the prison area and so it makes perfect sense that most residents are cops and therefore NO CRIME. With the small amount of people who live here I believe I can live here too. The nice thing about this place it’s close to my sister’s place as well. It’s only one hour away from Brentwood.
It’s been awhile we lived here in Fresno for 21 years far away from anybody. All of my in-laws lived so far away from us. Some live in Oroville, California. All of my family lives in the bay area. And so guesss, Rachel grew up without seeing her cousins very much except on holidays which is only once or twice a year. I used to take Rachel to see my parents who lived in Modesto but not very long. Dad died of a heart attack and mom was left alone. She had to move back to the bay area with my sister and so now she’s not around either.
So, I want to be closer to my family & husband’s. I think it’s about time. It makes one big happy family if all of us can fellowship every Sabbath and share so many wonderful things.
This place is so beautiful, not too many people know this exist. The nicest thing I remember are the CLOUDS. When we visited here it was kinda overcast. Just about to rain. But the clouds plays many colors of pinks, blues, lavenders, and yellows. It was just breathtaking!
I never stop dreaming. I want to move in the country. Perhaps it would be good also for our granddaughter, Scarlett. It would be nice if we could all move to a smaller town and raise our granddaughter in a country. Rachel is for it too. I know this is not much of a post but it’s been on my mind since we visited this place. Steven (Tim’s brother) put a seed in our mind. I mean he & Danella wanted us to move there. He said, “At least for now it’s a seed.” And that seed is growing everyday in my mind. I pray that someday we will move out of Fresno and move to Ione!
NOTE: To see more photos of Ione click HERE.