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West Sacramento, California Historical Markers

 
Bryte Post Office and Marker in West Sacramento image, Touch for more information
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 16, 2011
Bryte Post Office and Marker in West Sacramento
California (Yolo County), West Sacramento — BryteYolo County, California
Because of its location on the Sacremento River, it was first called Riverbank. When the post office was established 10 March 1915 the present name - for George Bryte, Sr., a local dairyman, son of Mike Bryte (early sheriff of Sacremento) - was . . . — Map (db m41749) HM
California (Yolo County), West Sacramento — 1040 — First Pacific Coast Salmon Cannery
Founded in the town of Washington (Broderick), Yolo County by Hapgood, Hume, and Company in 1864, California’s first salmon cannery was located on a barge moored here on the banks of the Sacramento River. This small canning operation was the . . . — Map (db m17520) HM
California (Yolo County), West Sacramento — Flood ControlWest Sacramento River Walk
On January 15, 1850, the fledging City of Sacramento, consisting mostly of tents and simple wooden buildings, stood in 6 feet of water. Two weeks later, the community pledged $200,000 to levee construction. But before the levee system could be . . . — Map (db m15720) HM
California (Yolo County), West Sacramento — Hydraulic MiningWest Sacramento River Walk
Hydraulic gold mining was introduced in the 1850’s. Men with hoses blasted hillsides with powerful jets of water, which reduced the hills to mounds of gravel 20 times faster than with pick and shovel. Massive quantities of gravel and silt from . . . — Map (db m15713) HM
California (Yolo County), West Sacramento — Pony Express Bridge
[Front of Marker:] Dedicated April 23, 2000 WEST SACRAMENTO by James Stretesky First Northern Bank Daniel F. Ramos Family Frank C. Ramos Family Dr. & Mrs. James O. Farley West Sacramento Land Company West Sacramento Chamber of . . . — Map (db m15708) HM
California (Yolo County), West Sacramento — Sacramento SkylineWest Sacramento River Walk
Just across the river and county line from West Sacramento is the City of Sacramento, seen here in a 1920s photograph looking east from 4th Street down J Street. California’s capital city, which is also the seat of Sacramento County, has grown from . . . — Map (db m15723) HM
California (Yolo County), West Sacramento — Salmon CanneryWest Sacramento River Walk
This is the historic site of the first salmon cannery established on the Pacific Coast. Begun in 1864 by William and George Hume and Andrew Hapgood on a barge moored to the bank, the cannery processed salmon harvested along the rivers – with . . . — Map (db m15724) HM
California (Yolo County), West Sacramento — The Rivers’ FlowWest Sacramento River Walk
Prior to European settlement in the mid-1800s, river flows in the valley changed with the seasons: spring torrents followed by low water during the summer. Construction of dams and other flood control measures during the mid-to late 1950s tamed the . . . — Map (db m15715) HM
California (Yolo County), West Sacramento — Tower BridgeWest Sacramento River Walk
Sacramento’s graceful Tower Bridge has spanned the river since 1936. It is the only historically significant vertical-lift bridge in California and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Lights added in 1986 in honor of its . . . — Map (db m15711) HM
California (Yolo County), West Sacramento — Veterans Plaza
[First Marker] SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR 1898 The Spanish-American War was a turning point in American history. It marked the first time that we sent troops overseas to defend freedom. Whether at San Juan Hill or Manila Bay, these founders of . . . — Map (db m15707) WM
California (Yolo County), West Sacramento — West Capital RacewayWest Sacramento's Last Race Track — 1947-1980
A quarter-mile "bullring", it was a whirlpool of horsepower as short track racers in jalopies and specially-built, high-horsepower machines, flew around the oval chasing the checkered flag in close, wheel to wheel action. It was a "tacky" place with . . . — Map (db m90073) HM
California (Yolo County), West Sacramento — Yolo County Courthouse
Around here someplace was almost Yolo County's first courthouse, It was here twice -- from 1851 to 1857 and from 1861 to 1863 -- when it was stolen permanently by The "Highbinders" in Woodland. So Be It. — Map (db m89143) HM

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