Drytown (formerly, Dry Town) is an unincorporated community in Amador County, California. It is located 2.5 miles (4.0 km) south of Plymouth on Dry Creek, at an elevation of 646 feet (197 m). The current population is approximately 200. The town is registered as California Historical Landmark #31. The community is in ZIP code 95699 and area code 209.
Drytown is the oldest community in Amador County, and the first in which gold was discovered. It took its name from Dry Creek, which runs dry during the summer. However, it was certainly not "dry", as stories tell of there being up to 26 saloons. The gold started to peter out by 1857 and when a fire destroyed most of the town that year, most of its inhabitants packed up and moved to more successful mines elsewhere in the county. The town was only saved by the construction of State Route 49, which went through it, in 1920.
A post office opened at Drytown in 1852.
In the state legislature Drytown is located in the 1st Senate District, represented by Republican Dave Cox, and in the 10th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Alyson Huber. Federally, Drytown is located in California's 3rd congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +7 and is represented by Republican Dan Lungren.