Sacramento in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
A Stately Mansion
This landmark home upholds a tradition of service to the state
Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park, a National Historic Landmark, served as the headquarters of three governors during the turbulent 1860s. Today it welcomes leaders from around the world as the State’s official reception center and public museum.
As a pro-Union Civil War governor and president of the Central Pacific Railroad, Leland Stanford negotiated political and business deals that helped complete the transcontinental railroad. Jane Lathrop Stanford gave birth to their only child, Leland Jr., here on May 14, 1868. The couple’s new wealth enable them to expand the mansion in 1872, creating the architectural legacy you see today.
In the 20th century, children in need found a home in the mansion when Jane Stanford gave it to Sacramento’s Catholic diocese.
California State Parks bought the property and, supported by the Leland Stanford Mansion Foundation, restored its Victorian grandeur. In 2005, this stately home opened to the public, renewing its service to the state.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsParks & Recreational Areas • Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is May 14, 1868.
Location. 38° 34.574′ N, 121° 29.847′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker is on N Street west of 9th Street, on the left when traveling west. The marker is just inside the fence towards the small museum at the Leland Stanford Mansion. 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. Leland Stanford House (within shouting distance of this marker); First Sacramento High School (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Heilbron House (about 600 feet away); The California Peace Officers Memorial (about 700 feet away); Jesse M. Unruh State Office Building (about 800 feet away); California Mexican-American War Memorial (about 800 feet away); California’s Historic Capitol (about 800 feet away); California State Capitol Park (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 143 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 7, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.