Sacramento Chronicles: A Golden Past

Sacramento Chronicles: A Golden Past

by Cheryl Anne Stapp


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Sacramento boomed when forty-niners flocked to California, but the road from riverfront trading post to cosmopolitan capital was bumpy and winding. In this collection, historian and local author Cheryl Anne Stapp reveals the setbacks and successes that shaped the city, including a devastating cholera outbreak, the 1850s' Squatter Riots, two major fires, the glamorous Pony Express and the first transcontinental railroad built by Sacramento merchants. Even bursting levees and swollen riverbanks couldn't keep the fledgling city down, as Sacramento hoisted its downtown buildings and streets above flood level. Come discover the diversity of Sacramento's heritage from agriculture and state fairs to war efforts, Prohibition and historic preservation, and explore the historic sites that mark the city's development.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609495794
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 02/19/2013
Series: American Chronicles
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Cheryl Anne Stapp is the author of numerous magazine articles and Disaster & Triumph: Sacramento Women, Gold Rush Through the Civil War, a history of pioneer women who settled in California's capital city. She lives with her husband in Sacramento, where she serves on the Board of Directors of the California Writers Club, Sacramento Branch.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Part I Before There Was a City

Spanish-Mexican Rule 9

The First Settler 11

Part II Sacramento Becomes a Vibrant City

Gold Rush Days 19

Sacramento's City Charter 25

Early Churches and Schools 27

The First Staging Impresario 31

Sacramento Celebrates Statehood 32

Part III Troubles, Tribulations and Triumphs

Cholera 33

Floods 34

Fires 36

Frontier Law and Order 37

Cemeteries 39

The Squatter Riots 39

Steamboat Explosions 41

Sacramento Valley Railroad (SVRR) 43

The Pony Express 46

Consequences of the Mines 47

Raising the City 49

Serving the Miners: Breweries and Wineries 52

Part IV Early Politics

Land Commission of 1851 55

Slavery 57

Location of the Capital 58

Conflicts and Infamy 60

Experiments 61

Sacramento's Civil War Contributions 62

Part V The Central Pacific Railroad

Origins 63

The Golden Spike 65

Importance to Sacramento 67

Part VI Agriculture

Pioneer Nurseries 72

Agricultural Society and the State Fairs 77

Hop Fields 79

The Big Tomato 82

Other Agriculture 84

Part VII A Metropolis-Expansion and Innovation

Electricity: Folsom Powerhouse 1895 87

The Great Electric Carnival 89

Oak Park 91

East Park 93

Boulevard Park 94

The Fabulous Forties 95

The Governor's Mansion 96

The Crocker Art Museum 98

Part VIII Modern Times

The Tower Bridge 101

Prohibition 104

Aviation and the World Wars 105

The Alhambra Theater 106

The Founder's Bequests Disputed 107

Recurrent Floods and the Solution: Folsom Dam 109

Part IX Reconstruction and Restoration

Sutter's Fort 115

Capitol Mall 121

Old Town Sacramento 124

Sacramento Founder August Sutter (John Jr.) Brought Home 133

Bibliography 137

Index 141

About the Author 143

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