"Sacramento - State Capital and Gold-Rush City" SACRAMENTO Tip by WulfstanTraveller

SACRAMENTO, California: 7 reviews and 14 photos

  California State Capitol, Completed 1874
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      California State Capitol, Completed 1874
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  • Old Sac - BF Hastings Bldg (Pony Express Terminus) - California
      Old Sac - BF Hastings Bldg (Pony Express Terminus)
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  • J St, Sacramento - California
      J St, Sacramento
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  • Sutter's Fort, Midtown Sacramento - California
      Sutter's Fort, Midtown Sacramento
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  • A 1940's Ice Cream Parlour - California
      A 1940's Ice Cream Parlour
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Sacramento, in the state's great Central Valley, is the capital and has held that role since 1854. Growing rapidly with the Gold Rush as a major shipping, break-of-bulk, and commercial centre well before it became the capital, it long remained the second-largest city in the state after San Francisco. It was only surpassed by Los Angeles in the 1890s and others began to pass it by soon after. Still, it is today the centre of the 4th largest metro area in the state, with about 470,000 people in the city and close to 2 million in the whole metro area. The Sacramento area is a major centre of technology industry, amongst other things.

Despite some people's perceptions that there is not much in Sacramento - and it does somewhat pale in comparison to giants like San Francisco and Los Angeles - it is still a great and interesting city. Chief among its atractions is history, and it is one of the most historical cities in the entire state, a result of its early settlement by John Sutter in the 1830s and 1840s; its major role in the Gold-Rush era economy; its long-standing importance as a commercial, transportation, and population centre, and its role as state capital, the latter adding museums amongst other things.

Sacramento was, amongst other things, the western terminus of the Pony Express and the place where the Big Four - Stanford, Crocker, Huntington, and Hopkins - rose to prominence as merchants and founded the Central Pacific Railroad. It has a wealth of historic buildings from the 1850s and 1860s, in the historically preserved Old Sacramento, but also elsewhere in downtown Sacramento, including the 1860s Stanford Mansion. Other sites include the state Capitol, built in the 1870s, the Crocker Art Museum, the oldest art museum in the state and in the founder's 19th-century mansion downtown.

As one would expect in a city of its size and importance, Sacramento has many great places to eat, both cheap or simple and expensive.

It can also be a great place to stay or visit on a trip to see the many interesting points around it. It is a short drive from San Francisco or the "Wine County" to the west and is literally right next door to the Gold Country just to its east.

Directions: More or less in the central part of the state.

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  • Written Jul 15, 2009
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