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Sacramento, Sacramento, California, USA

"Sacramento City, a port of entry and impºrtant commercial town, the capital of California and of Sacramento co, is situated on the left bank of Sacramento River at the mouth of American River, in the midst of a level and fertile country, 120 miles by water N.E. of San Francisco, which is about 75 miles distant in a direct line. Mean temperature: 60° Fahr. Climate dry and genial. Lat.” 34° N., lon. 121° 26' W. It is regularly laid out, the street nearest the river being called Front street, the next Second and so on; these are crossed by others at right angles, distinguished by the letters of the alphabet. The direction of the latter is E. and W., The principal places of businesses are near the Sacramento River, between First and Sixth streets and between HI and L streets. The houses and and stores in this part of the city are mostly built of brick. In other parts the dwellings are generally adorned with fine gardens. The city is lighted with gas. It is the second city in the state in respect to population and trade. As a centre of commerce, Sacramento City possesses great advantages. It is at the head of navigation for largest steamboats and is accessible for steamers and sailing-vessels at all seasons of the year; while not only the Sacramento River itself, but its important affluent the Feather River, is navigable for small steamboats far above, into the interior of the country. These advantages have rendered this town the principal entrepôt for supplying with provision the great mining-region of the north. It has also an extensive trade with the great central valley of the state, the inhabitants of which are mostly employed in agriculture. The principal buildings are the state capitol, a beautiful structure, built in a park of 50 acres, at a cost of $2,500,000, an edifice for the governor's residence, a masonic temple, an agricultural hall, Turner Hall, and an odd-Fellows' Hall. Sacramento City contains 14 churches, a high school, a female college, a normal school, a Catholic college, the state library, another Public library, a hospital, 2 orphan asylums, a national bank, and several savings-bank. Two or three daily newspapers are published here...

Founded in 1849. Pop. in 1860, 13,785; in 1870, 16,283; in 1880, 21,420; in 1890, 26,386."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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Sacramento, California, USA
The Gold Region of Upper California, Encampment in the Sacramento Valley
The Illustrated London News, 1849

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Rear View, State Capitol; Sacramento, California.

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The Buffalo Brewery, 21st Street, Sacramento, California

"In 1890, Buffalo Brewing Company began brewing beer in Sacramento. At one time, the Buffalo Brewery was the largest brewery west of the Mississippi with distribution throughout the western ... Read MORE...

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  • 1839 - Sacramento, California founded
  • News  1860 - April 14 - First Pony Express riders arrive in St Joseph Mo & Sacramento Calif
    April 14, 1860: Riders arrived in both St. Joseph and Sacramento with the mail. Proving the mail could be delivered in ten days. Throngs of people tur... Read MORE...

  • News  1863 - January 8 - Ground is broken in Sacramento, California, on the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad in the United States.
    January 8, 1863
  • News  1869 - The first passenger car through from Sacramento arrived in New York at 8 a.m., on the 24th. It was Pullman's palace sleeping car Wahsatch, which left Sacramento at 6:30 p.m. on the 17th.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    July 31, 1869
  • News  1870 - The Legislature of California has appropriated to the State Fair, at Sacramento, $3,000, and to each of the District Fairs $2,000.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    May 21, 1870
  • News  1871 - Sophisticated Young Criminals
    In Sacramento, Cal., a band of nine boys has just been broken up, which had all the signs, passwords, etc., of an organized robber band, and within tw... Read MORE...

  • News  1886 - A young man in Sacramento went into a saloon, sat down, read a paper a few minutes, and fell to the floor totally blind,
    It was found that the blindness resulted from inflammation of a near leading to the eye, superinduced by impure blood. - San Francisco Chronicle. St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    June 26, 1886
  • January 4, 1888 - Sacramento, CA, received 3.5 inches of snow, an all-time record for that location.
  • 1953 - November 13 - Strong southeasterly winds associated with a Pacific cold front reached 70 mph at Sacramento CA to equal their all-time record.
    The Weather Channel
  • 1955 - March 20 - KXTV TV channel 10 in Sacramento, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
    Sacramento (AP) - One man remained in critical condition Friday after an accident in which tons of construction steel collapsed onto four-lane U.S. 50... Read MORE...

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