Sacramento was founded in 1850 as a result of the gold rush. The city’s first neighborhood was Alkali Flat, named for its chalk-like soil. Houses in this area date back to 1853. Oak Park was the first subdivision outside the city’s main grid. The area gets its name from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Illinois hometown and was annexed by the city in 1911. Farmlands yielded to development as Sacramento neighborhoods grew out to the east and the south of the city in the early 1920s. Curtis Park, named for William Curtis, a local farmer who served eight years as county Supervisor, was developed in the late 20s and early 30s. Many immigrants who found work with the railroad settled in East Sacramento, Tahoe Park and Elmhurst, areas which were also developed in the 1920s.
The Land Park Neighborhood was build around the park in the 1930s. River Park was established in the late 1940s and early 1950s and became home to many university workers when California State University, Sacramento was established in 1947. In the late 1960s, College Greens and Campus Commons developed around the university.
Today many more communities have been added to Sacramento. People live in the city to be close to work and the abundance of restaurants, museums, galleries, curiosity shops, historic spots, libraries, parks and the convenient mom-and-pop grocery stores. South Sacramento residents can enjoy their close proximity to the beautiful Lank Park with its fishing ponds, and driving range for golfers. Fairy Tale Town and the Sacramento Zoo are popular family destinations.
With more than 120 parks throughout the city, residents can find tennis and basketball courts, playgrounds, nature areas and a variety other recreational opportunities. Sacramento municipal golf courses provide the surrounding community with 540 acres of quality fairways and greens. There is a skateboard park at 19th and R streets, which provides hours of entertainment to local youth. The Water Park and State Fair are popular summertime destinations. Sutter’s Fort and the State Indian Museum give visitors a view of the area’s early inhabitants. Of course the state Capitol is of great significance to the area with its rose garden and war memorials and the city is proud of its fine galleries and museums.
Historic Old Sacramento, which features many unique shops and restaurants, as well as the impressive State Railroad Museum, is located along the deep, flowing waters of the Sacramento River. Old Sacramento is a National Landmark and boast 53 historic buildings. Visitors can eat on the Delta King riverboat, travel the streets in a horse-drawn carriage, or even ride a train powered by a steam locomotive. Old Sacramento features more than 20 fine restaurants, 100 interesting shops and year-round events including one of the world’s largest jazz festivals!
Sacramento is home to professional ballet and theater companies as well as professional sports teams( Sacramento Kings, Sacramento Capitals, Sacramento River Cats ). Raley Field is more than just a baseball park. There are many rental options including the Field, Concourse, BBQ Area, Foul Ball Patio, Solon Club or our Party Suite. Sacramento residents enjoy affordable housing, ample employment opportunities and a wealth of amenities in the exciting capital city of the golden state.