Located at the corner of Sutter St. and Reading St. Folsom CA 38.675638, -121.180254 38°40’32.3″N 121°10’48.9″W
IN 1827 “BIBLE TOTIN” JED SMITH CAMPED HERE. IN 185O THESE DIGGINS BECAME KNOWN AS NEGRO BAR, THEN NAMED GRANITE CITY, AFTER THE ROCKS, AND IN 1855 JOSEPH FOLSOM LENT HIS NAME TO THIS FAIR CITY.
ALSO IN 1855 FOLSOM HIRED THEODORE “CRAZY” JUDAH TO LAY OUT A ROUTE FOR THE SACRAMENTO VALLEY RAILROAD BETWEEN SACRAMENTO AND FOLSOM, THE FOOTHILL METROPOLIS. JUDAH LATER SURVEYED AND PLANNED THE ROUTE FOR THE CENTRAL PACIFIC OVER THE SIERRA NEVADA.
IN 1868 FOLSOM PRISON WAS STARTED AND OPENED IN 1880. IN ITS DAY IT WAS HAILED AS A MODEL PRISON AND WAS THE FIRST TO LIGHT WITH ELECTRICITY.
WE HEARBY DECLARE JOSEPH FOLSOM AN HONORARY CLAMPER AND DEDICATE THIS PLAQUE TO HIS MEMORY.
PLAQUE PLACED BY NEW HELVETIA CHAPTER #5 E CLAMPUS VITUS ON AUGUST 8, 1981 AND SO RECORDED
JAN DE SWART CAME WEST IN BIDWELL PARTY IN 1841. JUAN DE SWART CLAIMED A MEXICAN LANDGRANT “NUEVA FLANDRIA” IN 1844 ON THE WEST BANK OF THE SACRAMENTO. SOLD LAND WHERE WASHINGTON (BRODRICK) WAS BUILT. JOHN SCHWARTZ DIED IN 1851. COURTS LATER FOUND THE GRANT NEVER EXISTED.
NEW HELVETIA CHAPTER NO. 5 E CLAMPUS VITUS AUGUST 3, 1974
LOCATED ON FIREHOUSE #3 AT 1215 19TH STREET 1215 19th St, Sacramento, CA 95811
THE FIRST HUNDRED YEARS ARE THE HARDEST
WHEN SACRAMENTO BOUGHT STEAM PUMPERS, THE VOLUNTEERS COULDN’T KEEP THEIR STEAM? UP SO THEY HIRED PROFESSIONAL FIREMEN. SINCE MARCH 30, 1872 SACRAMENTO PAID FIREMAN HAVE ALWAYS BEEN FIRST TO RESPOND TO ANY CRISIS.
NEW HELVETIA CHAPTER NO. 5 E CLAMPUS VITUS AUGUST 5 1972
5990 H St, Sacramento, CA 95819 LOCATED BEHIND FIREHOUSE IN RIVER PARK AT CARLSON AND H STREETS 38.567658447776964, -121.42788327053466
“HOBOKEN AND THIS IS NO JOKIN“
HOBOKEN A TENT TOWN IN THIS AREA BEGAN IN EARLY JANUARY 1853 AFTER FLOODS HAD HALTED BUSINESS IN SACRAMENTO CITY. RIVER STEAMERS LANDED HERE AND HUNDREDS OF TEAMS LOADED SUPPLIES FOR THE MINING CAMPS. AN ELECTION HELD WITH 1000 ELECTORS PRODUCED 1757 BALLOTS. THE MAGNOLIA SALOON WAS CITY HALL. BY MID – FEBRUARY 1853 HOBOKEN WAS ABANDONED AS THE WATER RECEEDED IN SACRAMENTO CITY. IT IS A HIGH POINT IN SACRAMENTO HISTORY
NEW HELVETIA CHAPTER NO. 5 E CLAMPUS VITUS AUGUST 3 1968
(Located at Lakeside Way and Folsom Dam Road, Folsom) 200 Lakeside Way Folsom CA 95630 38.7056001167025, -121.17223552093913
THE SACRAMENTO, PLACER AND NEVADA RAILROAD RIGHT OF WAY
HERE YOU SEE THE RIGHT OF WAY OF THE SACRAMENTO, PLACER AND NEVADA RAILROAD. IT WAS DESIGNED BY THEODORE DEONE JUDAH (MARCH 4, 1826- NOVEMBER 2, 1863) AS CHIEF ENGINEER. CONCEIVED IN 1854 AND CONSTRUCTED IN 1861, IT RAN ABOUT THIRTEEN MILES FROM FOLSOM TO WILDWOOD, STARTING IN SEPTEMBER 1862. IT CEASED OPERATION IN LATE 1864.
IT WAS NEVER LONG ENOUGH TO FULFILL JUDAH’S DREAM OF A CONTINENTAL PACIFIC RAILWAY AND ITS GUAGE WAS THREE AND ONE HALF INCHES TO WIDE.
NEW HELVETIA CHAPTER #5 E CLAMPUS VITUS AUGUST 2 1975
(Located at Lakeside Way and Folsom Dam Road, Granite Bay)
JAMES FRASINETTI, AN ITALIAN IMMIGRANT, FOUNDED THIS WINERY IN 1897. FRASINETTI’S IS THE OLDEST FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED WINE PRODUCER IN THE SACRAMENTO VALLEY. AT ITS PEAK THE WINERY HAD OVER 400 ACRES OF GRAPES.
TODAY GRAPES HAVE DISAPPEARED FROM THIS AREA AND THE WINERY IS BACK TO THE ORIGINAL SIX ACRES. THIS WINERY PRODUCES VARIETAL WINES THAT COMBINE OLD WORLD TRADITIONS WITH THE IMPROVED METHODS OF TODAY.
NEW HELVETIA CHAPTER #5 E CLAMPUS VITUS NGH JESSE SALINAS FEBRUARY 17, 2007
SITE OF A TWO STORY BRICK BUILDING BUILT FOR ROBERT H. VANCE OF SAN FRANCISCO IN 1853. ONE OF FIVE BRICK STRUCTURES ERECTED THAT YEAR. IT WAS FIRST OCCUPIED AS A STORE ALMOST COINCIDENT WITH THE FOUNDING OF CAMP UNION IN 1861. IT WAS TAKEN OVER BY MARTIN ARENZ FOR A BREWERY AND OPERATED UNTIL AFTER 1880. IT ENDED UP AS A RENTAL HALL AND WAS RAZED IN 1952. BUT FOR NINETY YEARS IT WAS CALLED THE SUTTERVILLE BREWERY. IT WAS SUTTERVILLES LAST REMAINING BUILDING.
DEDICATED BY THE ANCIENT & HONERABLE ORDER OF E CLAMPUS VITUS NEW HELVETIA CHAPTEER NO.5 AUGUST 6 1983
Location: near 8250 Freeport Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95832 38°27’26.9″N 121°30’03.6″W 38.457483, -121.501000
IN 1863 A TEN MILE LONG SHORT LINE WAS BUILT FROM BRIGHTON STATION ON THE SACRAMENTO VALLEY RR TO THIS HERE SPOT. IT WAS CALLED “FREEPORT” BECAUSE IT AVOIDED THE HIGH CHARGES FOR LANDING FREIGHT AND PASSENGERS AT THE SACRAMENTO CITY EMBARCADERO. THE SHORT LINE BECAME A POPULAR SHORT CUT TO THE “WASHOE” MINES. CENTRAL PACIFIC RR BOUGHT THE LINE IN 1865 AND REMOVED THE TRACKS IN 1866 TO ELIMINATE COMPETITION.
A SHORT LIVED SHORT CUT SHORT LINE NEW HELVETIA CHAPTER NO 5 E CLAMPUS VITUS AUGUST 2, 1969
REDEDICATED IN MEMORY OF LARRY HARRISON SEPT 8, 1908-DEC 13, 2001 XNGH #13 ECV CHAPTER #5
( Located on Freeport Blvd, North of Freeport Bridge)
Located at 38° 23.774′ N, 121° 22.768′ W. Marker is in Elk Grove, California, in Sacramento County. Marker is on East Stockton Road, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located at the entrance to the parking area for the Elk Grove Hotel and Stage Stop Museum, adjacent to the west entrance to the Elk Grove Community Park.
OLD ELK GROVE
“JUST WEST OF THIS POINT”
STARTED AT JAMES HALL’S HOTEL IN 1860 (AN OUTSTANDING BRICK BUILDING DESTROYED BY THE FREEWAY) ON UPPER STOCKTON ROAD AND MOVED A MILE NORTH TO JAMES BUSHNER’S RANCH A FEW YEARS LATER. THE TOWN MOVED TO ITS PRESENT SITE ON THE RAILROAD IN THE 1870’S.
NEW HELVETIA CHAPTER NO 5, E CLAMPUS VITUS MARCH 9, 1968
( LOCATED WEST SIDE OF ELK GROVE PARK IN MUSEUM PARKING LOT)
Located at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex 3645 Fulton Ave, Sacramento, CA 95821 38°38’03.0″N 121°24’10.2″W
ON JANUARY 12, 1864, PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN DECREED THAT WHERE THE CENTRAL PACIFIC RAILROAD CROSSED ARCADE CREEK THE WESTERN BASE OF THE SIERRA NEVADA BEGAN. THE HARDSHIP OF RAILROAD CONSTRUCTION THROUGH MOUNTAINS RESULTED IN INCREASE OF GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIES. THESE FUNDS GAVE THE COMPANY IMPETUS TO FINISH THE TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD. CALIFORNIA REGESTERED HISTORICAL LANDMARK NO 780-8 PLAQUE PLACED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION IN COOPORATION WITH THE NEW HELVITA CHAPTER NO 5 E CLAMPUS VITUS AUGUST 7 1971 REMOUNTED BY JOHN A SUTTER #1841 IN CONJUNCTION WITH YUBA BUENA #1 E CLAMPUS VITUS MARCH 2009
“Oh where oh where did my clamp year go” I sing to myself and I can’t help but think how plans and life change so quickly.
It started off strong with Emperor Norton Day with YB1, Gold Discovery Doins with James Marshall #49, the Bean feed with Lord Sholto Douglas #3, and Growlersberg #86’s VFW Doins. Everything was poised to be an epic Clamp Year….. but then COVID-19 brought it all to a screeching halt. One week before our own 1841 John Sutter Doins the state shut down and thus so did clamping.
Everyone thought it would blow over before the next doins. Weeks went by and chapter after chapter cancelled their events. Chapters with events scheduled months out still held out hope that it would clear up. 7-11 Pair-O-Dice managed to pull off their June doins. It looked like we might be getting back to business, but it wasn’t to be. California chapters were still shut down.
If I wanted to Clamp I had to leave California, so I did. I managed to attend Julia C Bulette #1864 in Virginia City, Nevada in July. It was a great time and I thought maybe I’ll get some more in soon. But unfortunatly I didn’t have the budget to travel to Montana, Idaho, or Colorado. Local California chapters were still cancelled due to venue or safety concerns.
As I sit here mid August thinking about all of the great doins that did not happen I can only hope that there are some more that still make it. Lassen-Loomis #1914 has a mid September doins scheduled in Anderson CA, and there are multiples coming up in Nevada. Maybe the budget will let me travel to one of them.
Unfortunately John Sutter 1841 had to cancel our October 2-4 doins in Woodland Ca. due to the venue not being available.
I miss my Brothers and can’t wait to see you all again.
WILLIAM BYAS GIBSON CAME TO CALIFORNIA FROM MISSOURI BY MULE TRAIN IN 1850 AT THE AGE OF 19. IN 1856 HE STARTED CONSTRUCTION OF THE GIBSON HOUSE WHICH BECAME THE NUCLEUS OF HIS SUBSQUENT 3,000 ACRE ESTATE. HE MARRIED MARY COOK AND THEY HAD 3 SONS. THE FAMILY SPECIALIZED IN RAISING CATTLE AND LARGE SCALE FARMING. THE GIBSON FAMILY PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN THE AGRICULTURAL AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT OF YOLO COUNTY.
DEDICATED APRIL 2014 (6019) THE ANCIENT AND HONORABLE ORDER OF E CLAMPUS VITUS JOHN A SUTTER CHAPTER #1841 IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE YOLO COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM CREDO QUE ABSURDUM
PORTUGUESE PIONEERS CAME TO THE FREEPORT/CLARKSBURG AREA IN THE 1850’S TO FISH AND FARM ALONG THE SACRAMENTO RIVER BANKS TURNING A CHAOTIC SWAMP INTO SOME OF CALIFORNIAS MOST FERTILE LAND. THE I.D.E.S. HALL WAS BUILT IN 1893 FOR “THE FESTA DO ESPIRTO SANTO” CELEBRATION “FESTIVAL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT” WHICH TAKES PLACE HERE EVERY YEAR ON TRINITY SUNDAY.
DEDICATED APRIL 6018 (2013) BY JOHN A SUTTER #1841 IN CONJUNCTION WITH YERBA BUENA #1 ANCIENT AND HONORABLE ORDER OF E CLAMPUS VITUS CREDO QUIA ABSURDUM
This building was constructed at Camp Beale in 1942 as an Officers Recreation Hall. The hall was purchased by members of VFW Post 8762 in 1948 and moved in pieces to this location. The Veterans of the Post took on the arduous task of reassembling the structure at its current location. Proudly it still stands as an edifice for all veterans.
Dedicated 2016 (CY6021) by the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus John A Sutter Chapter 1841
Located at the Elkhorn Saloon – 18398 Old River Rd, West Sacramento, CA 95691
Near this site in 1887 Swiss born Frank Linggi and family established a dairy and built a large two-story hotel with saloon and residence which served overland and river travelers for the next 20 years. The building prominently displayed the horns of the fourteen-point elk he had shot as it swam across the nearby river, helping to set the name “Elkhorn” to the family business and area forever.
Dedicated 2018 (CY6023) by the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus, Johann A Sutter Chapter 1841
(LOCATED IN FOLSOM CITY LIONS PARK NEAR THE LIBRARY AND ZOO) 38.68266125278897, -121.16697453428925
“EDUCATION DOTH NOT A SCOLAR MAKE” NEAR HERE WAS THE FIRST AND ONLY COLLEGE EVER IN FOLSOM. IT LASTED TWO YEARS (1858-60),THEN CLOSED FOR LACK OF STUDENTS. FOLKS PROBABLY FIGURED THEY WERE SMART ENOUGH (?). IT WAS A NOBLE TRY – TOO BAD!
DEDICATED IN HONOR OF THE CLASS OF ‘60 NEW HELVETIA CHAPTER #5 E CLAMPUS VITUS AUGUST 1, 1970
(LOCATED IN FOLSOM CITY PARK NEAR THE LIBRARY AND ZOO)