Rio Linda and Elverta are now modern suburbs north of busy metropolitan Sacramento. But when Edwin Pitcher first opened his hotel, the Star House, on Nevada Road in 1860, it was only a place to water horses and spend the night on the long, open road to the new state capital. Elverta was the
first community to appear here in 1908, and in 1913, a development group, Suburban Fruitlands Company, promoted Rio Linda as ideal land for growing fruit. Unfortunate orchardists who believed the advertising saw their seedlings wither in hardpan, but those who stuck it out turned to lucrative poultry ranching. Until the 1960s, the area was a major California egg producer. Nearby McClellan Air Force Base, established just before World
War II, was a major employer until it reverted to other military uses in 2001
and is still a point of pride for residents.
About the Author
Author Joyce Buckland is the newsletter editor for the Rio Linda Elverta Historical Society, a genealogy instructor, and a former trustee of the California Museum for History,
Women, and the Arts. Gathering images from the historical society, the Sacramento Archives and Museum Collection Center, and local private collections, she assembles
a charming visual scrapbook of these growing Central Valley towns.