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ECV® CHAPTER 1841

HISTRORIANS REPORT

 

OUTPOST #1841

 

November 17, 2009

 

 

 

"Sacramento Powers Up"

 

 

The time is 1874; Sacramento has just completed its capitol building now having a formal meeting place for government. The state sees its capitol city growing with the success of the railroads many new immigrants are entering the city daily and postal service is better than it has ever been allowing Sacramentans to communicate with family more often and faster.

In 1880 Sacramento installs its first electric street lighting system and telegraph lines, with this innovation the city is able to keep doors open later and make days longer for the production and processing of goods & services to the neighboring cities that have grown dependant upon the growing city.

In an effort to keep the electric way of life moving forward the city moves to battery powered street cars in 1888, although they lasted only a few months due to the short power storage capability of batteries of the time. As horse drawn carriages were now seen as a thing of the past, a short 3 years later in 1891 brought the first street trolley system to Sacramento bringing an end to horse powered street cars permanently.

Power was on the move now as 1895 brought the first electric powered California State Fair and later in the year one of the first hydro-electric power plants would be brought on line at Folsom Dam with transmission lines stretching all the way to Sacramento, the longest lines run anywhere in the country. In July of 1895 the first "Parade of Lights" would mark the cities transition to the electric era.

With lights and power readily available in the city proper many new venues became visible in the growing city, in 1903 the first vaudeville play at Grumman's Theatre opened with "A trip to the Moon", a very fitting and inspirational playwright of the times.

 

 

Satisfactory,

Mike "Gunshot" Young, Historian