November 17, 2009
"Sacramento Powers Up"
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
"Gunshot" Young, Historian