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City's First Southern Flood Levee

 
 
City's First Southern Flood Levee Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 19, 2020
1. City's First Southern Flood Levee Marker
Inscription.  R Street was the location for the City of Sacramento's first southern flood levee. Built in 1853, the levee stretched along Front Street on the west, R Street on the south, 31st Street (Alhambra) on the east, A Street on the north to 6th Street, and then eventually rejoining the levee on Front Street. The levee system almost encircled the entire City.

California's first commercial railroad was built on top of the R Street levee in 1856. The levee provided a safe and dry location for the rail line's first route in and out of Sacramento. The R Street levee was removed in 1903 when another levee was constructed further south. The rail tracks were re-laid at ground level where they remain today.
 
Erected 2011 by Capitol Area Development Authority, City of Sacramento.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 38° 34.262′ N, 121° 29.756′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker is at the

City's First Southern Flood Levee Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 19, 2020
2. City's First Southern Flood Levee Marker - wide view
The marker, difficult to see here, is embedded in the sidewalk at the street corner.
intersection of R Street and 11th Street, on the left when traveling west on R Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sacramento CA 95811, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Theodore Judah (a few steps from this marker); Historic Businesses 10th to 11th Streets, North (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Businesses 11th to 12th Street, South (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Western Pacific Railroad (about 400 feet away); St. Elizabeth Portuguese National Church (about 500 feet away); Historic Businesses 12th to 13th Street, North (about 700 feet away); Historic Businesses 12th to 13th Streets, South (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fremont Cash Grocery (approx. 0.3 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 July 21, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 44 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 21, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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Jan. 18, 2021