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Crocker Mansion and art gallery on 3rd Street

The Crocker Art Gallery consists of two nineteenth century mansions connected by modern galleries.

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O Street crossing over Interstate 5 in Sacramento

An overpass was added here to provide access to the riverfront promenade from Crocker Park and the Crocker Art Gallery.

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Sacramento Riverfront Promenade

Once a busy commercial and industrial district, the waterfront south of Tower Bridge was demolished during construction of the I-5 freeway. It has now been converted into a pedestrian promenade with river views.

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Tower Bridge from the riverfront promenade

A good view of Sacramento's iconic Tower Bridge. This lift bridge was opened in 1935 and formed a dramatic link in the original Lincoln Highway. In 2002 it was painted golden, to match the capitol rotunda.

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Old Sacramento Schoolhouse from the boardwalk

The Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum is just across the tracks from the riverfront boardwalk. It is used to show schoolchildren what a one-room schoolhouse in the nineteenth century was like.

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Riverfront restaurant in Old Sacramento

In addition to its historic and educational importance Old Sacramento provides a pleasant ambiance for numerous restaurants.

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Delta King Steamboat hotel

The Delta King is an authentic sternwheeler, built in 1927 to connect Sacramento and San Francisco. It now serves as a floating hotel with 44 rooms, bar, restaurant, and theater.

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I Street Bridge from the Old Town boardwalk

The double-deck I Street bridge carries both railroad and highway traffic.

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Locomotives along the waterfront in Old Sacramento

Locomotives and tenders awaiting renovation for the California State Railroad Museum are stored along the Old Sacramento waterfront.

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Eagle Theater and Tehama Block on Front Street

The north end of Front Street has railroad buildings along one side and the historic Eagle Theater and Tehama Block on the other.

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I Street in Old Sacramento

Although only one block long, I street has four of the most important sites in Old Sacramento - the Sacramento Historical Museum, the Central Pacific Railroad Company building, Huntington and Hopkins Hardware, and the California State Railroad Museum.

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Wooden sidewalks along Front Street

Covered wooden sidewalks make strolling Front Street a pleasure even in summer.

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Corner of Front and K Streets in Old Sacramento

The historic "What Cheer House" hotel at the once busy intersection of Front and K Streets, next to both the steamboat landing and the old railroad station.

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Front Street Old Sacramento

Wooden sidewalks add charm and authenticity to Front Street, an otherwise unremarkable row of souvenir and fast food shops.

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Sacramento No 3 Firehouse

The historic Sacramento No 3 Firehouse on Second Street in Old Sacramento, and the ground-level entrance to the Firehouse Restaurant.

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Second and K Streets in Old Sacramento

After it crosses Second Street, K Street continues as an underpass leading to downtown.

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Pony Express Monument in Old Sacramento

The legendary Pony Express ran from St Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, as commemorated by this statue on Second Street. The B.F. Hastings Bank Building, the actual Pony Express terminal, is now a Wells Fargo Museum.

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Only one side of Second Street survived

Although the route of Interstate 5 was modified to spare the Old Sacramento historical area, it did involve demolition of many old buildings, including the northernmost block of Second Street.

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River City Saloon in Old Sacramento

Claiming to be the last authentic wild west saloon, the River City Saloon in Old Sacramento features authentic atmosphere with sawdust on the floor.

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Lower level on I Street in Old Sacramento

The corner of I and Second Streets in Old Sacramento shows clearly how the city streets were raised by one story to escape flooding. What was originally the ground floor is now one story below the street.

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Interstate 5 north of Old Sacramento

Interstate 5 rises from below ground level to cross over the railroad tracks north of Old Sacramento. Walkways lead to the railroad station and parking.

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Amtrak California in Sacramento

The busy Capitol Corridor service to San Jose runs through the northern part of the sprawling intermodal transit complex.

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Amtrak Sacramento Valley Station

Caltrain, Amtrak, and the Sacramento light rail trains use the old Central Pacific Railroad station. It may someday also host the California High-Speed Rail service.

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Inside the Southern Pacific Sacramento Depot

The Southern Pacific Railroad Company's Sacramento Depot was built in 1927, turned over to Amtrak in 1971, and has now been completely renovated. It is the second busiest railway station in California.

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Sun Yat Sen Memorial Center

This library and research facility honors Sun Yat Sen, the Chinese republic's first president. It is said that he wrote portions of the 1911 Chinese constitution while living in Sacramento.

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Sun Yat Sen statue and memorial

Though there has been a Chinese community in Sacramento since the city was founded, its Chinatown, known as Yee Fow (second city), remains relatively inconspicuous.

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Historical mural under Interstate 5

The pedestrian passage under Interstate 5 from Downtown to Old Sacramento is decorated with a long mural of people important in the city's history.

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Second Street in Old Sacramento

Elegant and substantial buildings on Second Street between K and L.

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Missing building on J Street

A missing building on K Street in Old Sacramento shows the original city ground level, one story below the present streets.

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Park below street level in Old Sacramento

This small park demonstrates how the street level in Sacramento was raised by one story to escape flooding. Some buildings were physically raised, others simply converted the first floor to a basement and the second to the main entrance.

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Firehouse Alley in Old Sacramento

Between Front and Second Streets, Firehouse Alley runs down to the old street level.

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Firehouse Restaurant patio

The Firehouse restaurant is entered through the historic Engine Company No 3 building on Second Street, but its courtyard dining area is one story below, in a walled garden on Firehouse Alley.

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Theodore Judah Monument in Old Sacramento

Theodore Judah was the genius behind the first transcontinental railroad's crossing of the Sierra. Unfortunately, he died just after work commenced, and it was 60 years before this long overdue monument was erected.

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Drought fountain in Sacramento

This office building on Capitol Mall features a dry fountain, a common sight in California after four consecutive years of drought.

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Wells Fargo Center on Capitol Mall in Sacramento

The handsome highrise Wells Fargo building on Capitol Mall throws a welcome cool shadow on its north side, adorned with fan palms and impatiens.

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Crocker Art Museum and Teel Family Pavilion

The original building here was greatly enlarged to become the Crocker family mansion and gallery in 1872. Subsequent additions include the modern Teel Family Pavilion.

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Outer wall of Sutters Fort

Sutter's Fort certainly looks fortress-like, with its high wall at the top of a slight hill above L Street. Carronades point out through embrasures on either side of the south-facing gateway.

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East Yard at Sutter's Fort

Sutter's Fort is now entered through a gate in the east wall. The East Yard contains a beehive oven and costumed interpreters.

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Interior of the Central Building at Sutter's Fort

The Central Building is the only remaining original part of Sutter's Fort. It has simple rooms with small windows through thick adobe walls on the second floor.

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West Yard at Sutter's Fort

The West Yard at Sutter's Fort contains a well and is surrounded by workshops and storage buildings.

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Fur trade at Sutter's Fort

Costumed interpreter Trevor, a history student at UC Davis, explains about the fur trade at Sutter's Fort.

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Carronades in the northwest bastion

Two carronades (small cannons) in the northwest bastion, one removed from its carriage and the other suspended from a portable tripod gantry.

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Trade store and workshops at Sutter's Fort

A recreated trade store plus working carpentry and blacksmith shops in the West Yard at Sutter's Fort.

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Field howitzer at Sutter's Fort

A field howitzer, a small cannon that could be moved by a team of mules, in the West Yard. None of the cannons at Sutter's Fort were ever used as weapons.

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South gate and Main Building at Sutter's Fort

The main gate is flanked by cannons on high platforms. The Main Building has storage on the ground level and an attic. It is built of adobe brick and is the only original part of the fort to survive.

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Cannnons in the southeast bastion

Three carronades in the bastion - four would be needed to cover all directions including the side walls of the fort.

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Interpreters and covered wagon

Tall lightweight wagons with big wheels like this, known as prairie schooners, were used by the pioneers to cross the continent from Missouri to California. Sutter's Fort welcomed (and rescued) many of the early pioneer parties.

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