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The city's history began in 1839 when Johann Augustus Sutter settled at the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers after having
received a 48,000-acre land grant from the Mexican Governor Alvarado who was then in charge of running California. Gold was discovered
in 1848 just thirty miles east of Sacramento. The rest is history! The news of the discovery spread like wild-fire around the globe and fortune
hunters came by the thousands from all corners of the world to California—Sacramento to be precise. California became a state in 1850 and
Sacramento its capital four years later.


The city has been on the move ever since and is now one of the fastest growing regions in the United States.


                                             Area Facts

                 Sacramento is located 90 miles northeast of San Francisco, 383 miles north of Los Angeles. Elevation: 17 feet.

 Area Code:
                 400,000 in the city and nearly 1.7 million in the metropolitan area, which consists of Sacramento and parts of
                 Yolo, Placer and El Dorado counties.
                 Mediterranean. Sacramento enjoys mild year-round temperatures. Summers are dry with little humidity and an
                 abundance of sunshine. Be prepared for cool, sometimes rainy days in December, January and February.

                             Average Annual Rainfall:
                             Average Temperature in January:
                                                             53.5° F
                             Average Temperature in July:
                                                             88° F
                             Prevailing Winds:
                                                             SW 8.1 mph

                 The city is easily accessible from all directions. Interstate 80 and US Highway 50 run east/west; Interstate 5
                 and US Highway 99 run north/south. Sacramento International Airport (SMF) is served by all major airlines
                 with direct flights from Europe offered by several.
                 Sacramento is home to professional ballet, opera and theatre companies.
                 Performing arts, music, theaters and galleries galore. Sacramento is home to over 32 theaters, galleries and
                 museums. Night clubs range from quiet piano bars to folk and pop ensembles, and from country western to
                 rock and roll.
                 Sacramento is the capital of California.
                 The city of Sacramento has eight council districts. The county has a board of five supervisors.
                 7.5% sales tax; 12% hotel tax.
                 Town and Country Village, the oldest shopping center in Sacramento, was built in 1946 to accommodate the
                 new homes in the area. The ranch-style center at Fulton and Marconi avenues has 55 shops on its 22-acre lot.

                 Another well-stocked shopping center in Sacramento include Arden Fair, located at the Capital City Freeway
                 and Arden Way. Arden Fair contains Nordstrom, Sears, Macy’s and JC Penney, in addition to 150 specialty
                 shops, restaurants, a multi-screen cinema and a food court.

                 At Pavilions you'll find cosmopolitan shopping and fine dining. Located on Fair Oaks Boulevard, east of
                 Howe Avenue.

                 Sunrise Mall, at Sunrise Boulevard and Greenback Lane in Citrus Heights, has 1.1 million square feet of
                 shopping space and a theater. More than 110 stores include Macy's, JC Penney, Sears and many specialty
                 shops and restaurants.

                 Florin Mall, east of Interstate 5 on Florin Road, is 960,000 square feet and contains a theater, Sears, JC
                 Penney as well as 100 boutiques and restaurants.

                 Downtown Plaza, on the K Street Mall between 3rd and 7th streets, has many restaurants, and 150 boutiques
                 and specialty shops in addition to Macy's. A $107 million expansion, completed in 1993, added a multi-screen
                 In a city bound by two rivers, the American and the Sacramento, water recreation tops the list for outdoor
                 activities: Salmon and steelhead fishing, river rafting, boating. All can be done on the 1000 miles of waterways
                 around Sacramento and the Delta. Nearby Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma offer sailing and windsurfing.

                 Sacramento municipal golf courses provide the surrounding community with 540 acres of quality fairways and

                 More than 120 city parks encompassing over 2,000 acres provide outstanding natural and developed

                 Major league sports are represented by the Sacramento Kings of the NBA, the Sacramento Monarchs of the
                 WNBA and the Sacramento River Cats, a Triple-A baseball team.
 Annual Events:
                 Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, California State Fair, California International Marathon, Summerfest, Festival de la
                 Familia, Pacific Rim Street Festival and Winterfest.

acramento: Where California Began

The Sacramento area was originally inhabited by Native Americans. The Nisenan, a branch of the Maidu, had lived in the valley for
10,000 years before any other settlers arrived.

The Sacramento and American rivers were discovered in 1808 by Lieutenant Gabriel Moraga and Spanish soldiers from Mission San
Jose. The Sacramento River was originally named "Jesus Maria" and the Feather River was called the "Sacramento."

Jedediah Smith and a party of American fur trappers were next to pass through the area in 1827-28, followed in the late 1820s and 30s
by fur trappers from the Hudson Bay Company.

In 1833 a smallpox epidemic killed approximately 20,000 Native Americans in the Sacramento Valley.

Sacramento's modern history actually begins in 1839 when John Augustus Sutter landed on the banks of the Sacramento River, in an
area now known as Old Sacramento. He had received a 48,000-acre land grant from Governor Alvarado of Mexico who was then in
charge of running California.

John Sutter had left his native Switzerland in 1834, leaving behind his wife and four children to escape debtor's prison after a failed
business venture.

Sutter's journey to the American West was a long one-20,000 miles to be precise-taking him to New York, St. Louis, Hawaii and Alaska
before landing in Sacramento on August 12, 1839.

In Hawaii, Sutter had befriended King Kamehameha, who had given him eight Kanakas (Hawaiians) to accompany him on the final leg
of his journey to the West Coast. An Irishman, a Belgian, a German and a Native American rounded out the traveling party.

Upon his arrival, Sutter decided to build a settlement on higher ground about one mile from his landing site on the river naming it "New
Helvetia" (New Switzerland). Intended as a haven for European emigrants, Sutter envisioned a large trading post in the mostly uncharted

In August of 1847 Sutter contracted with James Marshall, a 37-year-old carpenter from New Jersey, to build a sawmill on the American
River thirty miles east of his fort.

It was here on January 24, 1848, that James Marshall discovered gold while inspecting the tailrace of the mill.

Marshall waited for several days before he made the trip to the fort to tell Sutter of the discovery. It was another month before the find
was back page news in a San Francisco newspaper. At that time California was a sleepy, nearly unpopulated land that nobody really
cared about. San Francisco with 460 and Sacramento with 150 people were the area's largest communities.

Gold fever didn't really strike until Sam Brannan, an enterprising merchant from Sutter's Fort, collected some nuggets at the discovery
site, stuffed them into a bottle and rode trough the streets of San Francisco shouting "gold, gold on the American River." San Francisco
was nearly deserted within a week as people headed for the gold mines.

The excitement of the discovery didn't sweep the eastern states until President Polk addressed Congress after having received a report
by Colonel Mason from San Francisco. California would never again be the neglected, sleepy land!

Business sprung up along the Sacramento riverfront, where would-be fortune hunters bought their supplies before setting off for the gold
mines. Sam Brannan became California's first millionaire through his shrewd business ventures and Sacramento's population grew into
the thousands.

By all accounts, Sutter should have become a very wealthy man-but this was not to be. Sutter's workers deserted the fort to join the Gold
Rush of the 49ers.

As word of the gold discovery got out, Sutter's creditors demanded immediate payment of outstanding debts. John Sutter Jr., having just
arrived from Switzerland, came to his father's rescue. He surveyed land along the Embarcadero, divided it into lots and auctioned them
off to satisfy his father's creditors. Sam Brannan, who was backing Sutter Jr., takes credit for naming the town Sacramento.

In 1849 Sutter Sr. sold all his holdings for a mere $40,000 and continued losing money through poor judgment and bad luck.

He died in 1860 in Washington, D.C., while applying for a grant from Congress for helping European emigrants bound for California.

Sacramento, however, continued to prosper as a boomtown along the river. The year 1850 marked California's admittance to the union
and Sacramento became the state's capital city in 1854.

Construction began on a magnificent capitol, and merchants who had made their fortunes during the Gold Rush built elaborate mansions
in a city that would develop into one of the most rapidly growing urban areas in the United States.

Experience the Sacramento of the gold rush. Enjoy
   museums, entertainment, restaurants, lots of
   interesting shops, and plenty of great places to stay
   at this National Registered Landmark and 28-acre
   State Historic Park, on the river, in downtown
   Sacramento. Old Sacramento attracts over 5 million visitors annually. For locals,
it is a favorite getaway and has been voted the best place for a first
date. Old Sacramento proudly offers a full year-round event calendar
and is home of one of the largest jazz festivals in the world


California Military
 1115 Second Street
 (916) 442-2883
 Open daily except Monday
 from 10:00 to 4:30 p.m.
 An interpretive museum with
 authentic clothing, equipment
 and stories from our nation's
 rich military past.
                        California State Railroad
                        111 I Street
                        (916) 445-6645
                        Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to
                        5:00 p.m.
                        The largest interpretive railroad
                        museum in the nation with exhibits
                        and activities for the whole family.
                        See beautifully restored
                        locomotives and cars from the
                        1860s to the 1960s.
 Crocker Art Museum
 Third and O Street
 (916) 264-5423
 Open Tuesday through
 Sunday, 10:00 - 5:00 p.m.
 Featuring Victorian
 architecture, Early California
 painting collections, Old
 Master drawings and colorful
 contemporary California art.
                        Discovery Museum
                        101 I Street
                        (916) 264-7057
                        Open daily except Monday,
                        10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
                        A public service, educational
                        institution established to foster the
                        wonder and curiousity in us all.
                        Explore, experience and
                        examine... Learning has never
                        been more fun.
 Schoolhouse Museum
 Front and L Street
 (916) 483-8818
 Call for hours or to reserve
 for your school group
 An authentic one-room
                        Spectacular Russian
                        Dinosaur Exhibition
                        1126 Second Street
                        Hours Su. 1:00-6:00pm;
                        Mo.-Sa. 10:00am-6:00pm
                        World's largest, authentic,
                        traveling dinosaur exhibition,
                        including the 20 foot Saurolophus
                        and the 16 foot Tyrannosaurus.
                        Open to the public. Call to
                        schedule groups.
 Sutter's Fort
 2710 L Street
 (916) 445-4422
 Open daily from 10:00 a.m.
 to 5:00 p.m.
 Sacramento's earliest
 settlement was founded in
 1839. Self-guided audio tours
 are available.
                        Towe Ford Museum
                        2200 Front Street
                        (916) 442-6802
                        Open daily 10:00 a.m - 6:00
                        Featuring exhibits of the
                        American Automobile.
 Wells Fargo Museum
 Corner of Second and J
 (916) 440-4263
 Open daily.
 Stagecoaches, gold, mining,
 business, commerce are all
 colorfully interpreted for
 visitors. ATM, W.A.
 Educational tours available.Already one of California's fastest-growing, most affordable and attractive
                    cities, Sacramento now boasts updated and greatly expanded facilities
                    guaranteed to make your next event the biggest and best it's ever been -
                    regardless of its size.

                         Top-of-the-line "flat shows" are finding Sacramento an exciting new
                    alternative: not only is our Exhibit Hall divisible into five separate areas
                    ranging from 12,060 to 51,500 square feet, but our facility attracts enthusiastic
                    local and regional audiences from a bustling metropolis of 1.5 million.


                                                                             Located in the heart of the city that brought you the Gold Rush, the
                                                                        state-of-the-art Convention Center complex features 134,00 square feet of
                                                                        contiguous exhibit space with convertible arena seating for 6,500, 31 meeting
                                                                        rooms, an elegant 25,000-square-foot ballroom and award-winning cuisine by
                                                                        on-site Classique Catering.

                                                                             A block away, Memorial Auditorium offers arena seating for 3,867 amid
                                                                        gilded 1920's glamour.

                                                                             The Sacramento Community Center Theater with its precision acoustics
                                                                        and plush seating for 2,452 hosts a variety of top caliber events, from touring
                                                                        Broadway musicals to performances by the city's resident local artist.

                         At the other end of the shop-lined K Street pedestrian mall, where
                    skyscrapers mingle with sidewalk-cafes, you'll discover the charming,
                    bustling riverfront of historic Old Sacramento, with its paddlewheels and
                    horse-drawn carriages.

                          With 12,000 hotel rooms in the region, great restaurants, art galleries and
                    museums, mild weather - and an International Airport just 15 minutes from
                    downtown - it's sure to be the perfect fit.

                    For Information Please contact the Administration Office
                    By phone:  call (916) 264-5291 or fax: 916-264-7687
                    E-mail: [email protected]
                    Our office (mail or visit): 1030 15th Street, Suite 100 Sacramento, CA 95814

California's Historic Capitol
The historic Capitol was designed by architects M.F. Butler and Reuben Clark. Its style is an adaption of Roman Corinthian architecture. Work began in 1860 and by late 1869 the Capitol
was partly occupied. In 1874, construction ended at a cost of $245 million. The west wing which once housed all branches of government is now a legislative facility. Its design and
construction are tributes to California's pioneer architects, craftsmen and builders.

Sacramento city is the home of the Capitol of California, the biggest state in the United states with a population of over 35 million people. The building itself is set in the
midst of a park at least 4-5 city blocks in extent. The property was owned originally by John Sutter, who deeded it to the city for public parks or plazas. However, there
were four previous Capitol buildings in different parts of the state before Sacramento was decided upon. The first of these was in 1849-1851, a mission style two storied
building at San Jose, California. Some historians say the state legislators were dissatisfied with the location since the accommodations were poor, and the pueblo seemed
too remote. The second Capitol building was planned for Vallejo, but never materialized. Again Vallejo seemed too far removed from the
rest of the State, and the accommodations were worse than the Pueblo of San Jose. Disgruntled, the legislators were offered the newly
built, two storied courthouse in Sacramento as a site for the Capitol. It was in Sacramento that the 1852 session took place. The legislators
arrived by river boat, were warmly greeted and show to their lodgings. Things were looking up for the city of the plains, Sacramento.
However, in 1852, Mariano Vallejo, an American citizen tried once more to lure the legislators to Vallejo. A bill was even passed
designating Vallejo as the new Capitol--but Vallejo couldn't finish the building and accommodations in time for the 1853 session, which
dissolved itself and moved to Benecia, designated as the Capitol city for the 1853-54 sessions. An offer was made by a Sacramento
businessman to use the new Courthouse, and an additional plot of land. It was accepted with the idea that the legislature would meet
                     temporarily in the courthouse, then build on the plot of land offered. Sacramento was designated as the Capitol city. The feisty men who
                     made up the lawmakers of California still weren't content. Whether to move back to San Jose or to remain, that was the question, one that
                     was solved by ignoring it.

                     In 1856, the first shovel filled with dirt was turned over on the site given to the state by the city. Law suits started immediately, saying the
                     State didn't have the money to pay for such a building. The work on the original plot of ground given to the State stopped--nor did it ever
                     continue. That was the end of it. A state of waiting set in till 1860 when the City, anxious to be the Capitol city, offered the state four large
                     and attractive pieces of land, once owned by the Sisters of Mercy. The State accepted and began construction on the present building in
1861 with the laying of the cornerstone. Even during the Civil war, the building continued and was completed in 1869. In December of that year the city put on a grand
ball with dancing in the chambers of the Senate and the assembly, and supper in the hall. The Capitol had finally found a home.

Today, the Capitol building is one of the first places visitors come to see. It remains a beautifully constructed building. Walking through recaptures California's past and

One block away from the Capitol building is the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, built by the miner turned Bishop, Patrick Manogue. It was finished in 1889. The
piece of ground for the Cathedral was chosen precisely because of its proximity to the Capitol. Manoge believed in the separation of Church and State, but he also saw
the advantages of being close by, a decision which has been advantageous for both Church and State.alifornia State Capitol Museum
                                    Capitol Building
                                    10th and L Streets

                                    Discover how you fit into the past, present and future of state government at
                                    the State Capitol Museum. Experience history in the making at the Capitol‹a
                                    working building that has served since 1869 as home to the lawmaking
                                    branch of state government. Guided tours, informative films, historic
                                    reenactments, family programs and a variety of changing exhibits give you
                                    many opportunities to explore the history and future of California's

                                    Open daily 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. except January 1, Thanksgiving Day, and
                                    December 25.

                                    Free admission