“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Elk Grove in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Elk Grove History

Elk Grove History Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 16, 2022
1. Elk Grove History Marker

Gold South Of Elk Grove In 1847!

History books claim that gold was first discovered in the greater Sacramento area by James Marshall in 1848. There is another story that indicates that the first discovery of gold was a bit closer to Elk Grove in 1847 by Elizabeth Rhoads and Jemima Powel.

The women were washing their clothes in Dry Creek when they saw shiny objects that were later confirmed to be gold. The women were guests of John Sutter, of Sutter's Fort. Their husbands, John Powell and Thomas Rhoads, quietly informed Sutter of their discovery. Sutter and the families elected to keep this discovery a secret, mining only at night. This covert mining operation is only documented in journals, but suggests that gold brought about the establishment of the City of Elk Grove.

Elk Grove Hotel and Stage Stop

In 1850, Elk Grove was established as a hotel and a stop for the stagecoach. Located 15 miles south of Sacramento's historic Sutter's Fort, Elk Grove became a crossroads for business, entertainment, mail service and agriculture, and was home base for gold miners in nearby communities.

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Elk Grove Train Depot

A close-knit community with a distinctly rural and western lifestyle evolved following the early Gold Rush and after California achieved statehood. Elk Grove began where Elk Grove Boulevard and Highway 99 currently meet, but relocated one mile east to the railroad tracks when the railroad came through town in 1868. The train service allowed local farmers and ranchers a faster way to sell their produce and conduct business and meant improved travel for all. The Elk Grove Depot station was a wooden structure of the same style architecture as many depots across the United States. Its distinctive look made it a landmark in downtown Elk Grove. As time went on, rail services began to dwindle. Passenger service was the first to go. After the passenger services were gone, all the depots soon closed. By the late 1970's, Elk Grove's railroad depot building landmark was dismantled and relocated to an unknown location in southern California.

The City of Elk Grove purchased the property where the building once stood in October, 2012. The efforts to preserve the historic depot may have been unsuccessful, but the City of Elk Grove has created a formal gathering space for its residents where members of the community can congregate and enjoy current events in a historic setting.

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Elk Grove History Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 16, 2022
2. Elk Grove History Marker
City of Elk Grove.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is October 2012.
Location. 38° 24.523′ N, 121° 21.813′ W. Marker is in Elk Grove, California, in Sacramento County. Marker is at the intersection of Railroad Street and Main Street, on the right when traveling north on Railroad Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Elk Grove CA 95624, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hasman Building/General Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Independent Order of Odd Fellows (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of the First County Free Library Branch in California (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Elk Grove History (about 700 feet away); Rhoads School (approx. one mile away); Elitha Cumi Donner - Wilder (approx. 1.2 miles away); James Hall (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Lincoln Highway (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elk Grove.
More about this marker. The marker is located in the Old Town Plaza, just a few steps away from the bathrooms, just off of Main Street.
Also see . . .  History (Old Town Elk Grove Foundation). An historical overview of the development of Elk Grove. (Submitted on March 19, 2022.) 
Marker inset: Original Elk Grove Hotel and Stage Stop image. Click for full size.
3. Marker inset: Original Elk Grove Hotel and Stage Stop
Marker inset: Elk Grove Station built in 1892 image. Click for full size.
4. Marker inset: Elk Grove Station built in 1892
Credits. This page was last revised on March 19, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 19, 2022, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. This page has been viewed 277 times since then and 116 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 19, 2022, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California.

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Jun. 8, 2023