Griffin Society Historical Walking Tour of Sutter Creek

Meet us at 10 A.M. at Miners Bend Park; 29 Old Rte 49, Sutter Creek 95685

Tickets – $20

Embark on a captivating Historical Walking Tour of Sutter Creek, the Jewel of the Motherlode, led by renowned guide Frank Tortorich. Explore the town’s well-preserved historic buildings and landmarks as Frank shares fascinating tales from its Gold Rush past. After the tour, savor Sparkling Wine and delectable treats, toasting to the newfound knowledge and unforgettable memories of this remarkable event. Discover the allure of Sutter Creek, where history comes alive with every step.


About Frank:

Frank, a native of Jackson, California, is a retired school administrator from the Amador County Unified School District.

He is the author of the three books, GOLD RUSH TRAILA Guide to the Carson River Route of The Emigrant Trail and Hiking the Gold Rush Trail.

His most recent book published after ten years of research, John A. “Snowshoe” Thompson  Pioneer Mail Carrier of the Sierra.

Frank is a Charter and Life Member of the Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA).

In 1997 he was awarded OCTA’s prestigious “Outstanding Educator for the Post Secondary Level.”

In 2005, he and his friend James Carman were recipients of OCTA’s coveted “Merrill J. Mattes Writers of the Year Award” for their article on the research of the Big Tree Road.

On July 24, 2013, Frank was the recipient of OCTA’s highest award, The Life Time achievement award.

On June 20, 2019, Frank is the recipient of the highest award given by Native Daughters of the Golden West, titled CALIFORNIA IMAGE AWARD, for his years in researching and promoting California history.

He has appeared on Public Television System (PBS) with Tom Bodett on the “America’s Historic Trails” series and on the “California Trail” produced by Little Big Horn Production in Salt Lake City.

He has authored numerous other articles for various publications. His most recent one can be found in the Fall issue of the Overland Journal: Tragedy Spring and the Opening of the Gold Rush Trail

Frank is a past president of the Amador County Historical Society and presently is on the Board of Directions for the ACHS and the Kennedy Mine Foundation .

Currently he is a volunteer tour guide at the Kennedy Gold mine and Knights foundry. Frank was also a member of the Argonaut Mine Fire Disaster Commemoration Committee planning events for its Centennial in August and September of 2022.


*Limited availability so please reserve early. We recommend arriving 30 minutes early for parking as the Ragtime Festival will be starting at the same time causing limited parking. 


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