November 15, 2011
The "original" history of Sacramento and the Sacramento Valley
If you believe science, as many do, if you believe the Bible, as many do, then know that both agree that four billion years ago the earth was a slimeball and dark. The super continent,
Pangea, 70% of all land, began breaking apart two billion years ago, and leaping forward in time, 200 million years ago the North American shore line was approxipately at Folsom. The
Pacific Plate began to go under the North American plate at the rate of two inches per year for a million years and speeded up and moved fast enough to heat below and made a ridge of
mountains; 100 million years ago a closed off sea 180 miles wide and 380 miles long and four to five times as deep as the Grand Canyon, the Sea of Ione, formed between the new mountains
on Pangea. There was lots of sea life, pleasaurs, monasaurs, pletasons (27 foot wing span (largest ever flying critter)).
The sea began to fill in; in the swamps around lived the duck
bill platapus, osanadon (60 foot long alligator), and, for a few million years as the sea filled in a chain of volcanoes seven hundred miles long provided ash and sand and settlements
which mixed and made clay beds later worked by the Murdock Brick Company which built everything in Sacramento and Stockton; also different varieties of fossils (a common sea snail and
piece of fern passed around for visual examination), mammoth bones, prehistoric camels and horses - Sacramento City College has fossils on display, and, the latest finds are from the
Arco Arena (1989), and, camels and horses from a few million to 50 million years ago are found out highway 50. Volcano eruptions from Yuba City to Elk Grove changed the river
Gold deposits were made 35 thousand years ago during the Great Ice Age which generated a 300 to 350 foot thick sheet of ice which broke through the coastal range and
made a huge gap (the Golden Gate) giving rivers a path to the sea, and, left were "hay stacks" (material suspended in the ice) which can be seen on highway 16 by Rancho Murietta which
when cored reveal the same material as is found in Oregon and Washington. The neat thing about this ice age is that placer gold (not the veins) was scrubbed (alluvial tumble) and clay
beds and fossils were moved.
The last geological action of importance was 5 million years ago when a volcano by Yuba City blew its top off from Red Bluff to Sacramento leaving the
Sutter Buttes (the worlds smallest mountain range) which was the northern border of Sutter’s land grant.
Brother Don "Peanut Butter" Breeland, well known Historian Extraordinaire