1 - Castle City

Things To Do

Ione is the Castle City

Built on top of a hill looking over our city is Preston Castle a national historic landmark built in Romanesque Revival architecture in 1890. Open for tours and special events.

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2 - Golf

Things To Do

Castle Oaks Golf Club

Castle Oaks Golf Club is one of Northern California's premier public courses and a Golf Digest "Places to Play", 4-Star rated course. The 18-hole, Par 71 championship course includes a driving range, restaurant, and snack shack.

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3 - Equestrian Complex

Things To Do

Equestrian Complex

The Ed Hughes Memorial Arena is the City of Ione's Multi-Purpose, covered arena. It is available for all outdoor activities year round, rain or shine.

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visitors to Ione, CA

Welcome to Ione “The Castle City, Gateway to the MotherLode.” Whether you are stopping by or staying, you will be enchanted by our charming town.  Get out and take a look around!  Play a round of golf at Castle Oaks Golf Club, tour the historic Preston Castle or take your bike through the gently rolling hills. You will find unique shops and eateries in our town.  Parking is easily accessible at our park and ride located on the North end of Sacramento St.  Our 100 acre park, Howard Park, offers endless outdoor recreation opportunities.  With play structures, a skate park, frisbee golf, baseball fields, soccer fields equestrian center you can enjoy the great outdoors.   We want you to enjoy your time here in Ione, for any questions or concerns please click on the Report/Request option at the bottom of the page or if it is during business hours please contact City Hall at 209-274-2412.


home residents - of Ione, CA

Info for Residents

During these hot days of summer take care of yourself and neighbors, stay hydrated and check on neighbors who may be sensitive to the increase in temperature. All open burning has been suspended until further notice. Watch out for rattle snakes keep yards free of refuse piles where they hide and nest. If you need assistance with snake removal call 9-1-1 the City of Ione Fire Department has the protective gear and equipment to safely remove a potential threat to your health. If you need to report a concern or request information you can click on Report/Request link at the bottom of this page for assistance. You are an important part of our community and can address the City Council with any concerns at the regularly scheduled meetings held on the first and third Tuesday of each month.


Historic Main Street

Historic Main Street

Ione's historic Main Street stretches several blocks. Boutiques, restaurants and cafes make Main Street a popular shopping and browsing destination for both visitors and residents. Business and retail opportunities are available; parties interested in Ione's downtown commercial and historic district can contact Ione's City Manager.

Around Town

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Council & Commission Vacancy








City Meetings

 City Council Meetings
February 2, 2021 - 6 PM
February 16, 2021 - 6 PM
March 2, 2021 - 6 PM
March 16, 2021 - 6 PM
 Planning Commission
February 9, 2021 - 6 PM
March 9, 2021 - 6 PM
 Parks and Recreation
February 23, 2021 - 6 PM
March 23, 2021 - 6 PM

All meetings are held in the Ione City Council Chambers located at 1 Main St. Ione, CA unless otherwise noted.   



Council & Commision Vacancy

City Council
Notice of Vacancy
The City of Ione is accepting letters of interest for one vacancy that exists on the City Council. Anyone interested in being considered for an appointment to fill the unexpired term through November 2024 should send a letter of interest along with two references to: City Clerk, P.O. Box 398, Ione, CA 95640 or e-mailed to jtraverso@ione-ca.com. Applicants must reside within the City limits of Ione and be a registered voter. The current stipend for this position is $200 per month. Letters of interest must be submitted by Friday, February 12, 2021, by 4:30 p.m.
Ione Park & Recreation Commission

Notice of Vacancy

The City of Ione is accepting letters of interest for one position that exists on the Park & Recreation Commission. Four of the five members must reside within the Ione City Limits and One Commissioner may reside outside the City limits but within the City’s Sphere of Influence as identified on the current City of Ione Zoning Map. The applicant will be appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council to fill the existing two-year term expiring September 2022. A letter of interest must be submitted to the City Clerk, P.O. Box 398, Ione, CA 95640 or e-mailed to jtraverso@ione-ca.com and must be submitted by Friday, February 12, 2021, by 4:30 p.m.

Business Licenses

Business Licenses

Business licenses are available by clicking on the application below or at Ione City Hall, located at 1 Main St., Monday through  Friday 8:00-4:30.

If you need assistance with filling out the business license please contact the City Clerk at 209-790-4792.

Business License Application

Historic Landmarks

Historic Landmarks

historic landmarks preston castlePreston Castle

Location: Preston School of Industry, 900 Palm Dr., plaque located 0.9 miles N of site on State Hwy 104 (P.M. 4.3), 1 mi N of lone (MAP)
The “Castle”, built in 1890-1894, is the most significant example of Romanesque Revival architecture in the Mother Lode. It was built to house the Preston School of Industry, established by the State Legislature as a progressive action toward rehabilitating, rather than simply imprisoning, juvenile offenders.

Doors of the 120-room 'Castle' closed in 1960 after new facilities were completed. Preston Castle was also listed in the National Register of Historic Places on 7/30/1975. Registration Date: 1/11/1974.

historic landmarks breweryIone Brewery

Location: 338 Preston Ave. (MAP)
Built in the 1860‘s of Ione brick by brewers Raab and Huttner served as a brewery for over 30 years in 1907 C.C. Prouty moved his creamery to this site a soda works and ice plant were installed in 1910. Various businesses have occupied the premises since. Dedicated by CHIPSA Parlor No. 40 Native Daughters of the Golden West.


historic landmarks steam flour millSteam Flour Mill

Location: 217 W. Jackson St. (MAP)
Built in 1856 by Thomas Rickey Yearly grind 4000 tons, Barley-Oats-Corn. Dedicated May 3 1969 by Ione Parlor No. 33 CHIPSA Parlor No. 40 Native Sons and Daughters of the Golden West.


historic landmarks old red brick buildingOld Red Brick Building Saloon

Location: 12 W. Main St. (MAP)
Old Red Brick Building later the Scully building dedicated to the spirits within. James W. Marshall Chapter No. 49 E Clampus Vitus April 24, 1974.



historic landmarks city hallIone City Hall

Location: 1 E. Main St. (MAP)
Originally built as the three story commercial hotel in 1864. Razed by fire and rebuilt as a one story building in 1930. Remodeled in 1966 by the City of Ione as its City Hall. Mayor David S. Mason, Councilmen: Jack Gasaway, Dale Herfel, Ted M. Campbell, Anthony W. Guidon M.D. Dedicated by Ione Parlor 33 and Grand Parlor Native Sons of the Golden West April 22, 1967.


historic landmarks iron ivanIron Ivan

Location: Behind City Hall, 1 E. Main St. (MAP)
Old No. 7 was the last steam locomotive to operate over the Amador Central Railroad between Amador and Martell. The twelve mile long railroad lies entirely within Amador County and is one of the shortest railroads in this Country. Iron Ivan is a fine example of one of the early steam locomotives produced by the Baldwin locomotive works. This engine was manufactured in January 1901 and was brought to the Amador Central Railroad from the McCloud river railroad in 1937. The last trip was made by this engine between Ione and Martell in 1956. Dedicated by The James W. Marshall Chapter No. 49 E Clampus Vitus May 1, 1965.

historic landmarks pioneer parkPioneer Park

Location: Behind City Hall, 1 E. Main St. (MAP)
Dedicated to the memory of the pioneer men and women of Ione. Monument erected by CHIPSA Parlor No. 40 Native Daughters of the Golden West July 21 1935.



historic landmarks ione parlorIone Parlor No. 33 N.S.G.W.

Location: 25 E. Main St. (MAP)
This building built in the year 1854,was originally a hardware store on the ground floor and a dance hall on the upper floor. Ione Parlor No.33, N.S.G.W. bought the building in the year 1884 and has continuously owned it there ever since. Dedicated by Grand Parlor Native Sons of the Golden West March 11, 1971 David S. Mason III, Grand President In memory of James D. Phelan, Senator.


historic landmarks daniel stewart storeDaniel Stewart Store

Location: 18 E Main St, lone (MAP)
This general merchandise store built by Daniel Stewart in 1856 was the first building erected in lone Valley from nearby Muletown brick. Once known as 'Bed-Bug' and 'Freeze Out,' Ione was an important supply center on the main road to the Mother Lode and Southern Mines. Registration Date: 11/21/1963.


historic landmarks china townIone’s Chinatown

Location: Main St. South side at the top of the hill before El Dorado St.
Looking North from the monument lies 5.22 acres which was originally deeded to Ky Kee, Hop Wah Chung, Quong On Long and Chang Hang Co. in 1883 Know as Chinatown, the community was comprised of stores, homes and a Joss house. At the peak of population approximately 1,000 chinese lived in this town and surrounding area. Dedicated May 3, 1970 by the CHPSA Parlor No. 40 Native Daughters of the Golden West.

historic landmarks elementary school bellIone Elementary School Bell

Location: 415 S. Ione St. (MAP)
Dedicated in memory of our Pioneer Mothers and Fathers. CHPSA parlor No.40 Native Daughters of the Golden West, Ione Parlor No.33 Native Sons of the Golden West October 8, 1955.


historic landmarks ione picnicIone Annual Picnic

Location: 600 S. Church St. (MAP)
In 1876 Ione’s annual picnic moved from Shakeley Hill to this location. The 100 acre park is part of an 1840 land grant and was leased to the City by the Howard Estate May 11, 1967. The Park during its early years hosted many of the important horse events of the day. Today horse shows and horse racing are still a part of he celebration held the first weekend in May. Dedicated this March 10, 1979 by Grand President Charles E. Kohlbert, Native Sons of the Golden West, Ione Parlor 33.

historic landmarks ione methodist churchIone Methodist Church

Location: 150 W. Marlette St. (MAP)
The cornerstone was laid in 1862 and the church, constructed of locally fired brick, was completed in 1866. Dedicated as the Ione City Centenary Church and later popularly known as the Cathedral of the Mother Lode, this church was the first to serve the people in the area. Registration Date: 7/31/1953.


historic landmarks high schoolIone High School

Location: 450 S. Mills St. (MAP)
The first high school in Amador County was erected on this spot in 1903 by the Ione Academy, a private corporation. The original two story frame structure built at a cost of $2,287, housed the school until 1939. As a result of the steady growth in enrollment a major building program was begun. The original structure was remodeled into a one story building, Four other buildings three of brick veneer and one of stucco were added and the project was competed in 1941 when the wood frame shop building was finished. The last major building program was completed in the spring of 1975 when the new shop and the academic center is a replica of the remodeled original building which was destroyed by fire on November 26, 1972. Dedicated by Grand Parlor Native Sons of the Golden West Fred L Peixoto, Grand President March 8 1975 In memory of James D. Phelan United States Senator.

historic landmarks skully ranchScully Ranch

Location: 9805 Dave Brubeck Road (MAP)
Property settled by J.P. Martin in 1848. Home built Circa 1852. Purchased in 1882 by William Scully who arrived from Ireland in 1854. The Scully family has owned and operated the ranch for five generations. Present owners are Robert and Etta Scully. Placed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks November 1978. Dedicated by Ione Parlor No. 33Native Sons of the Golden West CHIPSA Parlor No. 40 Native Daughters of the Golden West September 8, 1979.

Space for Lease

Space for Rent or Lease

Wanting to start your business in Ione? Below we have listed commercial properties that may be available. Please contact our Business Concierge at 209-274-2412 for further assistance. 

  • NEW! 11/7/2019 14 West Main St., Ione, CA 95640 listed by owner for lease: 450ft retail or office space (209)-274-2770
  • 30 East Main St. Ione, Ca. 95640 listed by Town and Country properties for rent: residential/commercial 209-304-0144
  • 22 East Main St.  Ione, Ca. 95640 listed by owner for rent: 1120ft retail space (760)-207-1183
  • 20 East Main St.  Ione, Ca. 95640 listed by owner for sale: 4000 square feet retail space (209)-607-4868
  • 14 West Main St. Ione, Ca. 95640 listed by owner for rent: 300+ square feet retail space (209)-274-2770
  • 17 West Main St. Ione, Ca. 95640  listed by owner for rent: 1700 square feet retail space (760)-207-1183
  • 108 West Main St.  Ione, Ca. 95640 listed by owner for rent: 5000+ square ft. retail space (209)-607-1183


If you are interested in having your commercial property listed, please send an email with information to mwren@ione-ca.com

The City of Ione, California

The City of Ione is nestled in the beautiful oak covered foothills in the Gold Country. Residents and visitors to Ione enjoy the gentle climate, pastoral setting with oak trees and farmlands, and the family-oriented atmosphere of this medium-sized city.

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