California Historical Landmarks in Sacramento County

California Historical Landmark 869
Site of First and Second State Capitols At Sacramento
Northwest Corner of 7th and I Streets

Sacramento County Jail The marker is in front of the Sacramento County Jail

California Historical Landmark 869: Site of First and Second State Capitols 16 October 2022
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Sacramento’s first county courthouse, formerly located on this site, served as California’s State Capitol from January 16, 1852 to May 4, 1852 for the third session of the legislature and from March 1, 1854 to May 15, 1854 for the fifth session. Destroyed by fire on July 13, 1854, it was rebuilt in less than six months. The second courthouse served as the Capitol from 1855 – 1869 when a transition began to the current Statehouse. A third courthouse occupied this site and remained until replaced by the County Jail in 1989.

California Registered Historic Landmark No. 869, January 11, 1974

Plaque placed by California State Parks in cooperation with the Sacramento Trust for Historic Preservation
Dedicated June 27, 2007

First Sacramento County Courthouse

First Sacramento County Courthouse
Drawing courtesy Sacramento Room Digital Collection

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