The Sacramento and American Rivers bracket Sacramento. In general terms, the confluence of these two mighty rivers was a really lousy place to build a city. One of the things that happened on a yearly basis is that the area regularly flooded when the rains of fall, winter, and spring fell. Not only that, but the mosquitoes and other moisture loving critters were thick as mud most of the time. What that finally led to was a fantastic engineering feat. In the original city, now known as Old Sacramento, the first floors of the buildings are actually the second floors of the most of the buildings. To avoid the constant flooding, along with building levee’s, the buildings were raised, and the streets filled in to match the new first floor level of the buildings. Some building weren’t raised, and that’s how the second floors became the first floors. Today, you can take an underground tour of Old Sacramento and enter a fascinating world of underground wonderment, a city underground. It’s mostly dry.
The capital city of California wasn’t always Sacramento. The first one was Monterey. The city of Benica was also the Capital at one point. San Francisco, for a brief time, served as the Captial, as did San Jose and Vallejo.It wasn’t until 1879 that Sacramento landed the title permanently. One of the reasons you may not know involve the ocean. Sacramento’s inland location was considered safe from invasion. Back in those days, mighty ships ruled the sea’s, and invasions typically came by sea.
Sacramento may not have a front row seat on the ocean, but it does have a robust sea port. Actually, it’s called the Port of West Sacramento, and it is 87.6 miles from San Francisco. Sacramento is a mere 17 feet above sea level, and the channel must be dredged on a regular basis to accommodate the large ships that off load here. It was started in 1946. The channel is 30 feet deep, and runs 43 miles from Suisun Bay to the docks in West Sacramento. Since Sacramento is only 17 feet above sea level, the channel is below sea level.
If you are an almond fan, you are in the right place. Sacramento is home to the Blue Diamond Company. During the almond season, Blue Diamond processes over 12 million pounds of almonds.The Blue Diamond Company was formed in 1911, and is still going strong today. Most of the almonds that you buy around here are from Blue Diamond, which is an historical part of Sacramento. 1931 saw a crop of of about 20 million pounds. Things have grown since then. In 2010, the almond crop came in at 1.5 billion pounds. In 2014, it had grown to around 2.10 billion pounds. Sacramento has been called the Almond Capital of the world for a long time. Almonds, anyone?
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