Rancho Cordova

September 26, 2011

Rancho Cordova

On July 1, 2003, after more than 20 years of advocacy, the City of Rancho Cordova officially incorporated, becoming the 478th city in the State of California. Located in the eastern part of Sacramento County,Rancho Cordova is a community with a rich history including the first 12 miles of railroad in California, a thriving military base in its time, and the home of a successful aerospace company.

The community chose to incorporate in order to retain and improve its identity and quality of life, to increase representation and accessibility of local government, to provide greater control over local land use, planning, and regulatory matters, and to provide an increased level of service to Rancho Cordova residents.

Woodland

September 26, 2011

Woodland

It was the pioneering farmers of the mid-1800s who sowed the seeds of commerce that are reflected in the thriving economy of Woodland today. These were men of the earth who recognized Yolo County`s rich soil, temperate climate and effective transportation systems. In the winter of 1853 Henry Wycoff settled in a dense grove of oak trees and opened a small store; soon other businesses followed suit, including a store owned by Major F. S. Freeman. He offered free lots to those who would clear the land and build homes, and before long the settlement of Yolo County was renamed Woodland; in 1862, the Yolo County seat transferred to Woodland from present-day West Sacramento.

Woodland has a strong historic heritage still evident today in the impressive stock of restored buildings and homes, both downtown and in surrounding neighborhoods, Woodland`s agricultural setting is largely responsible for the community`s distinct identity and economic vitality. Various transportation routes, as important today as the railroads of the 1800s, create a wealth of opportunities for industry and commerce. Easily termed in the “Heart of California,” Woodland`s proximity to the state capital of Sacramento places it near the political pulse of the state. Outside the San Francisco seismic area, Yolo County covers an area of 1,034 square miles – bounded by the Sacramento River on the east; Putah Creek on the south; Colusa County on the north; and the Coast Ranges (Little Blue Ridge and Vaca Mountain Range) on the west.

Home prices in Woodland are attractive relative to California real estate standards, and available housing ranges from Victorian treasures in the downtown core area to newly built homes. The City of Woodland and Yolo County are working together to meet increasing demand for residential growth and affordable housing with the population of Woodland expected to reach 71,250 by the year 2025.

Rio Linda – Elverta

September 26, 2011

Rio Linda – Elverta

Rio Linda and Elverta are now modern suburbs north of busy metropolitan Sacramento. But when Edwin Pitcher first opened his hotel, the Star House, on Nevada Road in 1860, it was only a place to water horses and spend the night on the long, open road to the new state capital.

Elverta was the first community to appear here in 1908, and in 1913, a development group, Suburban Fruitlands Company, promoted Rio Linda as ideal land for growing fruit. Unfortunate orchardists who believed the advertising saw their seedlings wither in hardpan, but those who stuck it out turned to lucrative poultry ranching. Until the 1960s, the area was a major California egg producer.

Land Park

September 26, 2011

Land Park

Land Park is a desirable, historic neighborhood located adjacent to downtown Sacramento.  Its wide streets, large shade trees, historic acorn streetlights, and local businesses, such as the Tower Theatre, Freeport Bakery, and Vic’s Ice Cream make Land Park a desirable neighborhood in which to live. People who live here take pride in being Land Park residents and are involved in keeping Land Park a vibrant and beautiful neighborhood.

Land Park consists of mainly single family dwellings in the area between Interstate 5 to the west, Broadway to the north, Sutterville Road to the south and Freeport Blvd to the east. William Land Park is its namesake, a major city park south of Highway 50 and east of Interstate 5 in South Sacramento. It also contains the Sacramento Zoo along with the popular children’s theme parks Funderland and Fairy Tale Town.

Elk Grove

September 26, 2011

Elk Grove

Elk Grove was established in 1850 as a hotel and stage stop, located about 15 miles south of historic Sutter’s Fort. The area became a crossroads for business, entertainment, mail service and agricultural ventures as well as supplying much of the needs of the early miners in the gold fields of nearby Sheldon, Sloughhouse and Coloma.

After playing its part in the early gold rush and statehood history of California, a close-knit community evolved with a distinctly rural and western lifestyle. Elk Grove remained quietly independent of Sacramento’s growth until the 1980’s.

On July 1, 2000, Elk Grove incorporated as a city.  However, its ability to retain the feel of that small town that began back in 1850 makes Elk Grove special to its residents. The annual “Western Festival” and “Salute to Red, White and Blue” are just two of the many family-oriented events that El;k Grove residents participate in and enjoy.  “Old Town” Elk Grove is located about a mile east of State Route 99 (formerly U.S. Route 99, the north-south artery of the California Central Valley).

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