Visiting Sacramento, California?

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If you visit Sacramento, California we do have a number of places to check out.

California State Capitol

The capitol was built in the 1850’s once Sacramento was designated as the permanent capitol.  The building was completely restored to it’s past glory just a few years back.

Besides the building there is a museum and a beautiful state park.

California State Capitol

Sutter’s Fort

For those who forget their history, John Sutter founded Sacramento, building a fort on his Spanish Land Grant.

Nice spot for a family outing.  Don’t miss it.  The city has grown around the fort but it is still there.  It was at Sutter’s Mill that gold was discovered in 1849.  Important site for sho.  The Living History days and the Annual Honored Elder days should not be missed.

Old Sacramento

The waterfront district where Sacramento started.  Now it is a few blocks of shops, a paddlewheel river boat great restaurant & bars.  Lots of history including underground tours of the original city and the Railroad Museum.

Here is a nice article with tips for places residents should visit in Old Sacramento.  It’s good for visitors as well!!  Dives, speakeasies, hard to find sites….nice.

The Railroad Museum

Sacramento was the western starting point as our nation worked to complete the transcontinental railway which ended with the golden spike connecting the eastern and western railway routes.  The Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento houses not only trains but one of the original golden spikes!

If you have ever watched Huell Howser’s California Gold series on PBS you have probably enjoyed his show about the railroad, the museum and the golden spike.  He made two shows about Sutter’s Fort.  Sacramento is famous even in the 21st century.

Crocker Art Museum

Sacramento not only has a number of very good art galleries and our 2nd Saturday Art Walk, but we have the Crocker Art Museum.  The museum is in the original Crocker mansion.  Those California history buffs out there remember the Crocker family.  Judge Erwin served on the State Supreme Court and his brother Charles was a member of the “Big Four”.

The mansion is a significant Victorian building, beautiful on the outside and simply stunning on the inside.  The site also house a modern gallery and beautifully landscaped grounds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sac State

There are quite a few colleges and universities in the Sacramento area.   Sac State (CSUS) is the first and sits on the storied American River.  Beautiful grounds.

Welcome to Sac State

California State Fair

Running now (July 2011) at Cal Expo (see my prior posts for more info).

Discovery Park

Sacramento lives at the confluence of two rivers.  The two rivers come together at the site of Discovery Park. Picnics, boats, watersports etc.

The Sacramento River which is the cities connection to the San Francisco bay and beyond., running thru the Delta.  Seen any movies about the Mississippi River or the Mississippi Delta??  Chances are it was actually Sacramento.

The American River where gold was first found and later the site of huge gold mining efforts.  Still gold in them thar hills!!

Below is the old bridge crossing the Sacramento River.

Coloma:  Gold is discovered!!

Gold was discovered in 1848 by James Marshall.  Marshall ran the mill on the American River for John Sutter.  He and Sutter died poor.  Crazy huh??

Family friendly historic site.  You can even pan for gold here and take home what you find.

So that’s my city.  I hope you can visit Sacramento soon.

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