SEPTEMBER 15, 2009
"Sacramento's Growing Pains"
is now a city, although not formally named until 1854 and flourishing more and
more at every turn, both locally and nationally.
Sutter Jr & Sam Brannon have now sold many parcels and attracted several
businesses that will lay the framework for a city that doesn't rely on the gold
rush to continue its existence.
designates a cemetery named for itself at 10th & Broadway to
keep the dead in one place rather than buried where they died or on family
property. Steamships are bringing in goods and immigrants from up and down the
coast, from flowers to ice the ships are making regular service from Sacramento to San
the introduction of the city's first fish packing plant in 1851 and the first
meat packing plant & butcher shop in early 1852, California forms the
Agriculture Society (based in Sacramento)to showcase the states diverse crops
& livestock, this was to later become the foundation for the State Food
& Ag Department.
on the river had its share of problems, with several floods creating setbacks,
in mid 1852 some 85% of the city was lost to fire, and this prompted the
rebuilding and all new construction to be of brick rather than wood. The
flooding continued to be a problem even with the building and refortification
of the city's levees, it wasn't until 1962 that a decision was made to raise
the city by some 15 feet creating an "underground" city that exists still
June 1852, amid the rebuilding of the city, Wells Fargo & Co. opens its
first bank in Sacramento,
bringing loans & other financial services to the city. Later that same year
the Sacramento Valley Railroad incorporates and begins the ground work for
their first route, Sacramento
to Folsom. In September the first agricultural fair is held at Warrens' New England Seed Store on "J" street,
this would go on to become the California State Fair we know today.
finds itself as a year of many transportation milestones as the California
Stage Company and California Steam Navigation Company are formed to provide
transportation to and from the Sacramento
to Folsom line that formally began service as the first passenger rail service
in the West in August of 1855. This new mode of transportation caught the eye
of a couple of hardware store owners Collis Hunnington & Mark Hopkins, who
with financial magnates Leland Stanford & Charles Crocker sought to take
the new passenger rail service much further East and a short 5 years later in
1860 they incorporate the Central Pacific Railroad buying up land and smaller
railroads at will to become one of the largest and most powerful companies of
"Gunshot" Young, Historian