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Sacramento in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Old Sacramento

 
 
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By Syd Whittle, September 10, 2008
1. Old Sacramento Marker
Inscription. Founded in December 1848 by John A. Sutter, Jr., Sacramento was an outgrowth of Sutter’s Fort established by his father, Captain John A. Sutter, in 1839. State Capital since 1854, it was a major distribution point during the Gold Rush. A commercial and agricultural center, and terminus for wagon train, stagecoach, riverboat, telegraph, Pony Express, and the first Transcontinental Railroad.
 
Erected 1966 by California State Park Commission in cooperation with the City and County of Sacramento (April 20, 1966). (Marker Number 812.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks, and the Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 34.986′ N, 121° 30.251′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker is on 2nd Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sacramento CA 95814, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. B.F. Hastings Bank Building (here, next to this marker); The Pony Express (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named The Pony Express (a few steps from this marker); New England Seed Store
Old Sacramento Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 10, 2008
2. Old Sacramento Marker
Pony Express marker, Pony Express Logo and Gladys Kennedy memorial plaque are to the left of the marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Booth Building (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lady Adams Building (about 400 feet away); Sacramento Engine Company No. 3 (about 600 feet away); Freight on the Move (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
 
More about this marker. Marker is within the Old Sacramento State Historic Park and a California Registered Historical Landmark (No.812)

There are 19 California Registered Historical Landmarks within the bounderies of the Old Sacramento State Historic Park, of which only three have markers; Old Sacramento, B.F. Hastings Building and the Lady Adams Building
 
Regarding Old Sacramento. Also see the nearby B.F. Hastings Building and Pony Express Markers
 
Also see . . .
1. California State Parks - Old Sacramento. (Submitted on September 10, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. Old Sacramento. (Submitted on September 10, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
Additional comments.
Wall Displaying All Markers image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 10, 2008
3. Wall Displaying All Markers
From left to right Gladys Kennedy Memorial plaque, Pony Express, Pony Express Logo, Old Sacramento, Pony Express Donor plaque and B.F. Hastings Building

1. Old Sacramento Historic District - National Historic Landmark
Statement of Significance (as of designation - January 12, 1965):
Situated on the lower Sacramento River, Sacramento's river port emerged in 1849-50 after discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill, in Coloma, in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Sacramento then became the terminus for the Pony Express, the first transcontinental railroad, and the transcontinental telegraph. A large number of the buildings dating from the 1850s to the 1880s remian in the original business district.
    — Submitted September 27, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
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Pony Express Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 10, 2008
4. Pony Express Plaque
1860-1861 ** 1960-1961
These plaques placed at the Western Terminus of the Pony Express, April 4, 1963 by the Sacramento Historical Landmarks Commission and the Sacramento County Historical Society; National Pony Express Centennial Association - Dwight D. Eisenhower, Chairman - Waddell F. Smith, President
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By Syd Whittle, November 14, 2005
5. Old Sacramento
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By Syd Whittle, November 14, 2005
6. Old Sacramento
National House
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By Syd Whittle, November 14, 2005
7. Old Sacramento
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By Syd Whittle, November 14, 2005
8. Mechanics Exchange
Barnes Store image. Click for full size.
California State Library - Archives, circa 1885
9. Barnes Store
This business was located on "J" Street
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California State Library - Archives, circa 1895
10. Miller Brothers
This man and woman are in front of Miller Bros. on "J" Street. (A store owned by Jacob and Edward Miller. They made stoves, tinners and cornices.) To the left is Paul Graf's, a harness maker. Wooded sidewalks connected all of Old Sacramento during this time, and are still in use in Old Sacramento today.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 10, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,021 times since then and 75 times this year. Last updated on September 15, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on September 10, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   8. submitted on November 4, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   9, 10. submitted on February 5, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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