1. Travelers Hotel

    Got hold of a letter written on stationary from the Traveler’s Hotel - dated March 13th, 1935

    -from the letter 
    "Well Sacramento doesn’t come up to my expectations at all – I had imagined a really nice little city – but instead it’s just like the rest of them – dirty & funny looking. I guess I’m still in love with Berkeley, Calif. “

    Traveler’s Hotel (428 J Street) was completed in 1914 at 5th Street and J Street and still stands today as a commercial/office building. 

    About Traveler’s Hotel - 
    From Sacramento Old City Association 
    website: http://sacoldcity.org/?page_id=7

    "The Traveler’s Hotel opened in 1914 as one of the finest and most modern hotels on the Pacific Coast. Six stories tall, it was constructed of reinforced concrete and locally manufactured brown brick. Designed by architects Clarence C. Cuff and Maury I. Diggs the hotel was full of modern conveniences. These conveniences include dust chutes, laundry chutes, a central vacuum system and Sacramento’s first ice water circulating cooling system, which pumped water into all 226 rooms for cooling. This building was constructed by the Ransome Concrete Company, one of the originators of reinforced concrete. Founder E.L. Ransome wished to design an inexpensive means to build a fireproof and permanent construction. His idea was to use old cables, from San Francisco’s cable cars, to reinforce the concrete structure thereby combining the strength of iron with the strength of concrete."


  2. July 5th, 1958 - J Street, looking east from 12th Street.

    The large building is the current day AT&T office at 15th and J St. The trees in the far distance surround the Memorial Auditorium 
    Businesses in this photo….

    1224 J Street 
    Lota & Son’s Poultry
    Tofanelli Sea Food 

    1226 J Street 
    Love’s Grocery
    Penny’s Market Lunch

    1301 J Street 
    Fleming Music Co. 

    1307 J Street 
    Sacramento Saddlery 

    1309 J Street 
    Wilson’s Furniture

    1323 J Street 
    Atlas Blue Print Co.

    1407 J Street 
    Pacific Telephone & Telegraph
  3. everythingsacramento:


    Sacramento Timelapse

    This is a really awesome video if you haven’t already seen it!

    You can read about the video and the director here:  http://www.sactownmag.com/Local-filmmaker-releases-new-video-that-shows-Sacramento-in-motion/

    (Source: vimeo.com)

  4. 'Completed in 1926 as a memorial to those Americans who died in defense of the nation, inscribed on the building's portico are America's wars up to that time: The Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish American War, and the First World War.'



    I found an interesting story about past Sacramento Chief of Police William Martin Ahern.

    Ahern 74, died in 1936 at Mercy Hospital after suffering a heart attack. He’s buried at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery on 21st Ave, in Sacramento.

    Ahern was a very popular Special Agent for the Southern Pacific Railroad -
    Below is the article I found —

    An Invention that May Revolutionize Travel

    —Railroad Trains Outrun By Ordinary Wheelmen.
    Sacramento, Aug. 13. (1900) —Railroad Detective William Ahern has in his office at the depot a contrivance which would be of great interest to the cranks of the wheel—the men who have the bicycle habit on the brain. With this simple affair it is easy for a wheelman to ride his ordinary bike over any standard guage [sic] railroad track and make a passenger train appear like an ice wagon, so far as speed is concerned.

    The inventor of the affair is a young man named J. L. Robinson. He evidently took pattern after the ordinary railroad bicycle, which the track inspectors ride, and which is a heavy and cumbersome piece of machinery, lacking both grace and speed.

    Robinson has improved his pattern and has an affair which runs an ordinary bicycle over the rails like the wind. There is an outrigger which rests on a rail opposite the bicycle. It has a wheel which is about one foot in diameter, ball-bearing in its movement, having a rubber tire, and it is kept on the track by means of two flangs, [sic] which are about one inch in depth. The outrigger supports are of light wood and the whole apparatus does not, perhaps, weigh more than 15 pounds.

    Reports had come into the office of Superintendent Wright that some man was using the company’s tracks in this section of the State without any authority of the railroad officials. Station agents, section foreman and other railroad employes were instructed to be on the outlook for the wheelman and stop him whenever he put in an appearance.

    On Tuesday last the wheelman came sailing down the railroad track from a business trip which he had made into Tehama county. As he neared the little town of Roseville the section foreman spied him and stopped him. He took part of the apparatus and then telegraphed the news of his capture to Ahern. The railroad officer took the next train to Rosevllle, where he confiscated the bicycle attachment and then brought it back to this city.

    Robinson, of course, “made a roar” at the same time threatening all kinds of punishment for Ahern. He has given Ahern until next Monday to return his property.

    The railroad men are in a sort of quandary as to what kind of punishment they can mete out to the brilliant inventor. He has been riding over the company’s lines without permission and without paying anything for the privilege. He told Ahern that he was willing to pay a certain price for the privilege of riding over the lines in this State. He says that he has his machine patented and that it will only be a question of a short time when wheelmen all over the United States will be running their machines on all the railroad tracks.

    Robinson is employed in a local electrical establishment and makes frequent trips into the country in the performance of his duties, always riding his patented machine. He told Officer Ahern that he recently rode his machine from Colorado to the Needles in this State.

    — The Salem Daily Journal 13 August 1900



  8. californiastatelibrary:

    Holiday decorations in the Lobby at Hotel Sacramento. (date unknown)

  9. californiastatelibrary:

    The Sacramento Archives Crawl is Saturday, October 5th and the State Library is one of four host sites. We’ve been digging deep into our vault of treasured artifacts to find some really interesting items from California history to display on that day.

    If you get your Crawl passport stamped at three of the host sites (all in downtown Sacramento), you’ll get a set of these very cool coasters.

    Learn more about it here: http://sacarchivescrawl.blogspot.com/

  10. 4th of July Parade

    Hippodrome behind the float at 1013 K Street, now known as Crest Theater

  11. Libby McNeill & Libby Fruit and Vegetable Cannery

    From 1924 Statistics card set

    1724 Stockton Blvd 

  12. A residential street

    From 1924 Statistics card set

  13. South Side Park

    From 1924 Statistics card set

  14. Fremont School

    From 1924 Statistics card set

  15. Sutter Hospital

    From 1924 Statistics card set