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

Early Settlement

West Sacramento River Walk

 
 
Early Settlement Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 29, 2015
1. Early Settlement Marker
Inscription.  
RANCHO DE NUEVA FLANDRIA,

The Beginning of
EARLY SETTLEMENT

In 1843 or 1844, the Flemish Jan Lows de Swart, also known as John Schwartz, became one of the earliest known settlers in the West Sacramento area. He built a shack on the west side of the Sacramento River. It was 20 feet by 12 feet, of light wood frame with tule shingles, and was located six miles south of the confluence of the American River. With the help of John Sutter, Swart was successful in his application to the Mexican Governor Manuel Micheltorena for a land grant. This land was located on the west bank of the Sacramento River, now West Sacramento. It was one mile wide and twenty miles long. Mr. Swart named this land (13,000 acres) Nueva Flandria in honor of his homeland.
 
Location. 38° 35.473′ N, 121° 30.536′ W. Marker is in West Sacramento, California, in Yolo County. Marker can be reached from County Road 136. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 151 County Road 136, West Sacramento CA 95605, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Township of Washington (within shouting distance of this
Early Settlement Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 29, 2015
2. Early Settlement Marker - wide view
marker); Yolo County Courthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Prisoner of the River (approx. half a mile away); 1854 Flagpole (approx. half a mile away); 1854 City Hall and Waterworks (approx. half a mile away); Influences on the River (approx. half a mile away); Sacramento Skyline (approx. half a mile away); Sacramento's Early Waterfront (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Sacramento.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located in the northeast area of the parking lot of the Broderick boat launching facility.
 
Also see . . .  Rancho Nueva Flandria (Wikipedia). (Submitted on January 9, 2020.)
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Marker inset: map of Nueva Flandria land grant image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 29, 2015
3. Marker inset: map of Nueva Flandria land grant
The marker site on this map would be on the left side of the river towards the very top, just opposite where the American River joins the Sacramento River.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on January 9, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 9, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 9, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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