Sacramento in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Sacramento River Waterfront
Before 1848, the Sacramento River waterfront, behind you, was quiet and occupied by few people. New arrivals during the Gold Rush transformed the waterfront rapidly, turning it into a chaotic transportation hub crowded with goods and free-roaming animals. Miners bound for the gold fields stepped right off their boats onto The Embarcadero, as it was called. Today, could you arrive at Sacramento's waterfront by stepping off a boat directly onto land?
Early Sacramentans used the waterfront as a gathering place for making deals and entertainment. Each day hundreds gathered to witness the chaos at the waterfront. Auctioneers like Stephen Massett, a popular performer of the day, staged his auctions at the waterfront. He sold everything from musical instruments to livestock, mesmerizing onlookers and boasting that he could sell a one-dollar mouth harp for a chunk of gold worth eight dollars.
Sacramentans looked forward to holidays, like the Fourth of July, which they celebrated with a 35-gun salute from the waterfront
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln series list.
Location. 38° 34.903′ N, 121° 30.382′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker is on Front Street north of Capitol Mall, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sacramento CA 95814, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Pony Express River Steamer “Antelope” (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Freight on the Move (about 300 feet away); First Transcontinental Railroad Groundbreaking Site (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named First Transcontinental Railroad Groundbreaking Site (about 300 feet away); Lady Adams BuildingSacramento Engine Company No. 3 (about 400 feet away); Theodore Dehone Judah (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 29, 2018. It was originally submitted on January 20, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 127 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 20, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.