Historical Markers in
Sacramento County, California

1854 City Hall and Waterworks 1854 Flagpole 1972 Sacramento Canadair Sabre Accident Memorial 4th Avenue / Wayne Hultgren Light Rail Station 66 Main Street 9/11 Memorial A Stately Mansion A.J. Stevens Monument Acorns, Oaks, and the Native Peoples After the Gold Rush Aleck Blue Alexander Hamilton Willard Alice Dunbar Nelson American River Grange #172 An Electrifying Past Anthony J. “Tom” LoPresti Ashland Station B.F. Hastings Bank Building Base Headquarters Bing Kong Tong Society Building Bishop Alfonso Gallegos Blue Diamond Building Boon-Dox Botel Booth Building California Almond Growers Exchange California Firefighters Memorial California Mexican-American War Memorial California State Capitol California State Capitol Park California State Capitol Park California State Indian Museum California Veterans Memorial California Vietnam Veterans Memorial California’s First Passenger Railroad California’s Historic Capitol Camp Union Sutterville Captain John A. Sutter's Landing Cemetery of Children Central Pacific’s Other Big Four Charles A. “Charlie” King Charles Duncombe, M.D. (1787 – 1862) Charles “Chuck” Tison Charlotte Amanda Spears Bass Citrus Heights Community Club City Cemetery City Wharf and Warehouses City's First Southern Flood Levee Civil War Memorial Civil War Symbol Yields To Time Clara Shortridge Foltz Colonel William Stephen Hamilton Cutting Edge Technology Daniel Blue Delta Transmission Towers/Delta Cross Channel Gates Don Ray Building Dr. Alister MacKenzie Dr. Benjamin F. Pendery Dr. Margaret 'Mike' Chung Eagle Theatre Edmonds Field Edward Kelley School El Camino Real Bell Elbridge L. Hawk Elitha Cumi Donner - Wilder Elk Grove History Elk Grove History F-105G “Wild Weasel” Fifteen Mile House Fire Extinguisher First Sacramento High School First Synagogue First Transcontinental Railroad First Transcontinental Railroad Groundbreaking Site First United Methodist Church Five Mile Station Florin Folsom City Folsom Dam Improvements Folsom History Museum Folsom Institute Folsom Pony Express Terminus Folsom Terminal Folsom Veterans Memorial Forebay Frank C. Freer Frasinetti’s Winery Freeport Railroad Freight on the Move Fremont Cash Grocery Galt Water Tower General Albert M. Winn General Albert Maver Winn General George Wright George A. Lippi / Joseph F. Smith George Hack House Georgia Fisher Gertrude Weil Gold Mining and Michigan Bar Governor’s Mansion Gravel Pit Parking Lot Hardin Bigelow Hasman Building/General Store Heilbron House Heroes in the Sky Historic Businesses 10th to 11th Streets, North Historic Businesses 11th to 12th Street, South Historic Businesses 12th to 13th Street, North Historic Businesses 12th to 13th Streets, South Historic Street Lights History of Southside Park "Hoboken and This is No Jokin" Honor Roll Horse Head Hitching Post Hotel Del Rio and Casino In Memory of All American Veterans In Memory of the Old Tier Grounds Independent Boat Operations of the 1850s Independent Order of Odd Fellows Isleton’s Historic Old Town J. Clifton Toney J. Holland Laidler Camp No. 5 Plot James Logan Butler James Rutter Jane Norris Jared D. Sheldon Jean A. Bell Kellogg Jeannette Rankin Jesse M. Unruh State Office Building "Jim’s Bridge" John A. Sutter, Jr. John Bigler John P. Rhoads John Sutter Landing Johnny Cash Trail Joseph H. McKinney Jovita Idár Julie Soderlund Juno Frankie Seay Pierce K. Nakano Co. Store Ken Morton, Sr. Kenneth L. Maddy Kuntz Memorial Field Lady Adams Building Laura de Force Gordon Lavinia Gertrude Watson Leidesdorff Plaza Leland Stanford House Liberty Bell Replica Locke Locke / 樂居镇 Locke Memorial Park Locke, California Lower Powerhouse Luella Buckminster-Johnston Luella Johnston Mabel Ping-Hua Lee Main Powerhouse Margaret Rhodes Crocker María Amparo Ruiz de Burton Maria Guadalupe Evangelina de Lopez Marie Louise Bottineau Baldwin Mark Hopkins Mark Hopkins Monument Mary Church Terrell Mather Air Force Base Navigators Monument Mather Field McClellan Air Force Base McKinley Rose Garden Mei Wah Building Memorial Grove Merchant Marine Monument Michael “Mac” McDonagh Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Mormon Island Murphy’s Corral Naomi Anderson Natomas Consolidated of California New England Seed Store New Helvetia Cemetery New Uses on the Rail Yard Newton Booth Old City Plaza Old Elk Grove Old Folsom Powerhouse Old Masonic Cemetery Old Odd Fellows Plot Old Sacramento Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum Original Folsom Hydroelectric Plant Path of Honor Pinus Pinea Pioneer Camellia Grove Pioneer Cemetery Grove Pioneer Cemetery Grove Pioneer Hall Pioneer Park Pony Express Pony Express River Steamer “Antelope” POW/MIA Prairie City Prairie City Cemetery Prison Doodlebug Prisoner of the River Pushing Electrons R Street Bridge Railroad Gate Rancho Rio de los Americanos Re-Internment Site For New Helvetia Cemetery Rededication of El Centro Mexicano Plaque Rev. O.C. Wheeler D.D., L.L.D. Rhoads School Riot on the Cosumnes Robert Fulton Rocks to Rockets Sacramento City Cemetery Sacramento City Cemetery / People of the Cemetery Sacramento County WW I Veterans Memorial Sacramento Engine Company No. 3 Sacramento High School Sacramento Pioneers Society Sacramento Purple Heart Memorial Sacramento River Exploration Sacramento River Waterfront Sacramento Turn Verein Sacramento Valley Railroad Sacramento Volunteer Fire Department Sacramento's Early Waterfront Sacramento's Original Level Sacramento’s Maritime Heritage San Juan High School Sara Plummer Lemmon Sa’ Cumn’e Plaza Sept. 11, 2001 Memorial September 11, 2001 Sergeant C.W. Parker Sheldon Grist Mill Sisters of Mercy Site of Car/Carpenter Shop (1863) Site of First African Methodist Episcopal Church on the Pacific Coast Site of First and Second State Capitols at Sacramento Site of the First County Free Library Branch in California Site of the Ridge Home - Sacramento's First Mercy Hospital Sloughhouse Sloughhouse Pioneer Cemetery Solander's Spencer Hoofed Animal Complex St. Elizabeth Portuguese National Church St. George Hotel St. John the Baptist Catholic Church St. Luke's Episcopal Church Sutter's Fort Sutterville Brewery Sylvan Cemetery Sylvan School The 17 Doctors of the 1850 Sacramento Cholera Epidemic The Bennett Brothers The Birth Place of the Railroads The California Peace Officers Memorial The California State Insectary The Camellia Coffee Shop The Civil War Memorial Grove The Coloma Road The Coloma Road The Docks The Dunn Mansion The Explosion of the Yosemite The Fireman’s Plot The First Brick Building in Sacramento The First Hundred Years are the Hardest The G.A.R. Memorial Plot The Guy West Bridge The Interurban Railroad Lines The Lincoln Highway The Maine Memorial The Monitor The Northern Electric Bridge The Pony Express The Pony Express The River Lines Fleet The Rusch Home The Sacramento, Placer and Nevada Railroad Right of Way The Squatters Riot The Tower Bridge The Treasured American River The United States Merchant Marine The Young Wo Memorial Site Theodora Tiffee Purkitt, M.D. Theodore Dehone Judah Theodore Judah Thomas Starr King Tony's Corner Tower Bridge: Gateway to the Capital Transportation by Water and Land Tree Stump Hitching Post Turning Locomotives in Folsom Turning the Trains U.S.S. Sacramento 1863 – 1867 U.S.S. Sacramento 1914 – 1942 U.S.S. Sacramento – 1964 United States Post Office, Courthouse, & Federal Building USS California Bell Memorial USS Sacramento (PG-19) Vernal Pool Grassland Vernon-Brannan House Veteran of Foreign Wars Memorial View Near the M Street Bridge W.L. Perkins Warehouse Walerga Assembly Center Walnut Grove, Est. 1850/Locke, Est. 1915 We Will Not Forget... Welcome to Locke Welcome to Mather Lake Wells Fargo and Company Western Pacific Railroad Westminster Presbyterian Church Who is Fisher? William McKinley Park Williams House You Are Remembered – Rest In Peace Young America Engine Co. No. 6 Zitkála-Šá “Cobblestone” Ballast
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Sacramento County, located in central California, has a rich history that dates back thousands of years. Before the arrival of European settlers, the area was populated by Native American tribes, including the Nisenan, Miwok, and Plains Miwok people. They lived off the abundant natural resources in the region, including the Sacramento and American rivers.

In 1808, Spanish explorer Gabriel Moraga was the first documented European to visit the area. Then, in 1839, Swiss immigrant John Sutter established a trading post called Sutter's Fort along the American River, attracting settlers to the area. This led to the beginning of Sacramento's transformation from a small outpost to a bustling city.

The California Gold Rush of 1848 further propelled the growth of Sacramento County and the larger Sacramento region. Thousands of gold seekers flocked to the area, turning Sacramento into a booming commercial center. The city's location at the convergence of major rivers made it a key transportation hub for gold miners heading to the Sierra Nevada foothills.

Sacramento County was officially established on February 18, 1850, following California's admission to the United States as a state. The county quickly developed into a political and economic center, becoming the capital of California in 1854. Over the years, Sacramento County has continued to grow, attracting industries such as agriculture, government, and technology. Today, it is home to over 1.5 million people and remains an important cultural and economic hub in northern California.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Sacramento County, California.

  • 1839: Sacramento County is established as one of the original 27 counties of California.
  • 1848: Gold is discovered in the American River, leading to the California Gold Rush.
  • 1850: The city of Sacramento becomes the state capital of California.
  • 1856: The first railroad bridge, the Sacramento Valley Railroad Bridge, is built across the American River.
  • 1861: The Central Pacific Railroad, which would later become part of the First Transcontinental Railroad, is founded in Sacramento County.
  • 1879: The Sacramento County Courthouse, known as the Old Sacramento County Courthouse, is completed.
  • 1967: The California State University, Sacramento, is established in Sacramento County.
  • 1974: The Sacramento International Airport is opened in Sacramento County.
  • 2018: The Golden 1 Center, a multi-purpose arena, opens in downtown Sacramento.