Sacramento in the 1850s was marked by fires, floods, disease, and lawlessness. Yet, California became a state and Sacramento became a city.
Produced by Ted Fong at Sactown Stories
, this four-minute video explores the tumultuous decade and introduces viewers to the Sacramento Room, the “Jewel in the Crown” of Sacramento’s Central Library. It houses Sacramento’s history collection, which includes books, photographs, maps, journals, newspapers, magazines and personal letters spanning more than 160 years.
The presenter is Amanda DeWilde, archivist for the Sacramento Public Library. She explains how the Gold Rush funneled people and money into Sacramento and became a fascination of the world.
In the 1850s, the Big Four railroad tycoons — Leland Stanford, Charles Crocker, Collis Huntington and Mark Hopkins — all made their money in Sacramento. They also left behind a legacy, including what is now the Sacramento Public Library.
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