National Register of Historic Places in Sacramento County, California

Gold Rush Days in Old Sacramento Gold Rush Days
2 September 2006

National Register #66000219
Old Sacramento Historic District
Founded 1848

The Old Sacramento Historic District is an area of a few blocks beside the Sacramento River -which still retains some flavor of the pioneering era of the city's history from about 1840 to 1870.

Old Sacramento during the Gold Rush days of the mid 19th century was a hub of activity for Northern California and the entire Pacific Coast. Gold prospectors from all over the world loaded up with supplies here and joined the wagon trains which slowly wound into the Mother Lode country.

The first stores, hotels theatres and other commercial structures were made of wood, brick and stone. Despite floods, fires, cholera and squatter riots, Old Sacramento thrived. Its energetic citizens built levees, formed fire brigades, established hospitals, schools and churches.

The first stage and telegraph lines, the first steamboats, the first California railroad and the Pony Express agency were here.

The Old Sacramento Historic District is a National Historic Landmark and a California Historical Landmark.

Source: NRHP nomination form submitted in 1966.

Name Year Address Remarks Sort Address Sort Name
Adams and Company Building18531014 Second Street Street 02 1014Adams and Company Building
Big Four1852113 I Street Street I 0113Big Four
Booth Home Site1015-1017 Front StreetFront 1015Booth Home Site
Brannan House Site1853112 J Street Street J 0112Brannan House Site
Darius Qgden Mills Bank1852226 J Street Street J 0226Darius Qgden Mills Bank
Eagle Theater1849925 Front StreetFront 0925Eagle Theater
Ebner's Hotel1856116 K Street. Street K 0116Ebner's Hotel
Hastings Building18531006 Second Street. Street 02 1006Hastings Building
Lady Adam's Building1853113-115 K Street. Street K 0113Lady Adam's Building
Mills Bank Building18522nd and J Streets Street 02 0000 JMills Bank Building
Orleans Hotel Site18521018 2nd Street Street 02 1018Orleans Hotel Site
Overton Building2nd and J Streets Street 02 0000 JOverton Building
Pioneer Telegraph Station18501015 Second Street Street 02 1015Pioneer Telegraph Station
Sacramento Bee Building18571016 Third Street Street 03 1016Sacramento Bee Building
Sacramento Union Site1851121 J Street Street J 0121Sacramento Union Site
Stage and Railroad Site1850K and Front Streets Street K FrontStage and Railroad Site
Transcontinental Railroad1869125 I Street (Inside the Railroad Museum) Street I 0125Transcontinental Railroad
Western Hotel18752nd and K Streets Street 02 0000 KWestern Hotel
What Cheer House1853K and Front Streets Street K FrontWhat Cheer House
Engine Company 318531112 2nd Street Street 02 1112Engine Company 3
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