The Historic Old Town Treasures of Sacramento County

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Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

 Old Sacramento

 

Those who follow my blog have learned I have a special affection for Old Sacramento, and the numerous annual events that occur there.  The 16th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held there this upcoming Saturday, March 17th at 1:00 pm.  I’m looking forward to attending!

Another Old Town favorite is Gold Rush Days held over Labor Day weekend.  Also, the California State Railroad Museum is in Old Sacramento!

 

However, I also want to share other delightful Old Town adventures in other Sacramento County towns and communities.  Each has a special flavor and quaint personality, which goes back to the time of their early roots and beginnings. 

 

Old Town Folsom by Myrl Jeffcoat 

 

As one travels east out of the city of Sacramento, along highway 50, they can take the Folsom Boulevard exist, and meander a mile or two over to Old Town Folsom.  Folsom is one of our Gold Rush, Mother Lode towns, which had its beginnings in the raucous days of California’s Gold Rush. In the past two decades, Folsom has grown to a vibrant city within Sacramento County, which still reveres its historical past.  In 2010-2011, Old Town Folsom underwent a restoration to preserve and revitalize areas in need of handicap accessibility, and a new sewer system.  It continues to be a delightful place to visit, with several antique shops, and cafes and restaurants.

 


Old Town Elk Grove, has also maintained its historical past.
  The town exists south of the city of Sacramento, along highway 99.  When I was a kid, Elk Grove was almost completely a rural community.  The business district back then, wasn’t much more than a 2 or 3 block area.  In today’s world, the city of Elk Grove, has expanded dramatically, as has Folsom.  The 2010 census states the population of Elk Grove is 153,000.  That was about the size of the entire population of Sacramento County, when I was a kid!

 

 Old Town Elk Grove by Myrl Jeffcoat

 

Fair Oaks Bridge by Myrl Jeffcoat 

 

Old Fair Oaks Village is in another of Sacramento County’s cities and communities, which have treasured their historical past and honored it, by keeping it alive and well.  Other than by water, the Old Fair Oaks Bridge was once the only transportation from one side of the American River to the other, at that section of the waterway.  When nearby Sunrise Bridge completed a widening, in the late 1960s, the old landmark bridge continued as a foot and bike bridge.  In addition to older historic buildings, the charm of Fair Oaks Village comes from a population of chickens, which rule the roost, and add entertainment to delight visitors. 

 

 

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Juli Vosmik
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What a fun way to explore the Old Town areas of Sacramento County.  Myrl, it's great when you share all thise great information with us - I just love learning about different areas. 

March 11, 2012 07:43 PM
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William Johnson
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Hi Myrl, We share this great affinity for the old towns. Wouldn't it be a neat website to have all the old towns around the US listed, with historical backgrounds and MF  ( Myrl Jeffcoat ) Photography to show the life and and  times the way history recorded it. There is something about them that I just connect with. And obviously you do as well. I need to go back and bring my Old Town San Diego photos up to date and add a few more things about  the activities there. Thanks for the nudge and this post is just the sort of thing I think deserves to be featured. Wonderful! 

 

PS, Yes, I hit Suggest. 

March 11, 2012 08:08 PM
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Joni Staples
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Your fabulous photographs tug at my heart strings. I would LOVE to visit Sacramento!!

March 11, 2012 08:22 PM
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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I like the posting of several Old Towns in the surrounding communities Myrl. There is a bunch of local history that has gotten overlooked by those that come into the area.

March 12, 2012 01:47 AM
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Myrl Jeffcoat
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
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Juli - When I was a kid these old towns were separated by quite a bit of uninhabited land.  That is not the case any longer.  As Sacramento County's population has exploded over the decades, each town bumps up against the other, and some of the little communities from our past, have actually been overcome, to the point where you can hardly find remnants that they once existed.  Examples, are the little community of Mills, which has been sopped up by Rancho Cordova.  However, the Mills Station landmark was preserved, and moved a few hundred yards from it's original location, rather than destroyed.  It now serves as a Light Rail Station in Rancho Cordova.  Thank goodness for that! 

William - That would really be a wonderful dream to see happen!  Like I mentioned in my reply to Juli, so many of these little communities either are in the process of being gobbled up and overcome by other encroaching towns or cities.  When I am out trying to find old landmarks here when I was a kid, I sometimes find a building or two if I'm lucky, but there are no markers to provide the original identity of the town by its first name.  That's kind of a sad thing.  There may come a time, when I go out and try to photo document the places that have all but disappeared, while being merged into the progressive bigger scheme of things.

March 12, 2012 08:57 AM
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Joni - Sacramento has a great deal to offer those who wish to visit!

Tom - I know you are fairly familiar to the Placerville area.  There are all kinds of surrounding towns up there, which have a rich Gold Rush history.  I can imagine all kinds of exploring going on in El Dorado Country!

March 12, 2012 09:00 AM
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Tony & Darcy Cannon
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Myrl, Nice job highlighting these historic communities!  In many ways it is both sad and exciting to see these small cities and towns grow into much larger metropolitan areas.  Have a great Monday!

March 12, 2012 11:29 AM
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Myrl  The Old Town section of Sacramento should really add color to the parade - a balance to all the green that will be on display

March 12, 2012 04:26 PM
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Tony and Darcy - That's the way I see it too! 

Karen - There is something always going on in Old Sacramento.  And you are right, adding the green on Saint Paddy's Day, will balance it all out!

March 12, 2012 06:26 PM
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Joshua Zargari
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Good morning Myrl.

Thank you for sharing.

March 13, 2012 03:34 AM
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John Cannata
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Have a great time at the Parade. I love the old town look and feel. Very cool buildings!

March 13, 2012 09:26 AM
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Chris Alston
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Oh hey!  I will be passing through old town in July to visit the train musuem.  LOVE THAT PLACE!

March 13, 2012 09:58 AM
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Roy Kelley
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I am sure that the St. Patrick's Day Parade will be an outstanding event on Old Sacramento.  Have a wonderful time.

A carnation for you...

March 13, 2012 11:28 AM
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Hi Myrl, I enjoy your photos of these old west places.  Enjoy the parade and I look forward to many good photos.  Nice to see old buildings reused and attracting business after so many years.

Have fun!

Gloria

March 13, 2012 03:11 PM
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Barbara Martino-Sliva
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Myrl, what a great post...love the info and the pictures of  The Historic Old Town Treasures of Sacramento County.  

March 13, 2012 07:36 PM
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Jennifer Fivelsdal
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Myrl I love the history  the various places you have visited.  One of these days I will make it out to Sacramento.

March 14, 2012 07:28 PM
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Toni Weidman
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Myrl - these are wonderful capsules of historic towns and the photos are enticing. I want to see it all.

March 15, 2012 08:26 AM
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Brigita McKelvie
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Myrl,

Old Sacramento looks like such a nice, historic town.  I would love to visit it sometime when I am out that way.

Brigita

March 16, 2012 12:05 PM
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