Growing up in Sacramento, you learn a lot about the city’s vibrant (and sometimes volatile) history. The other day I started thinking, “I bet there’s more cool stuff about my city that I haven’t heard before”. So today, I sat down at my computer and searched for some Fun Facts – Let’s just say, I wasn’t disappointed!
The internet offered A TON of interesting information about The City of Trees, but here are just a few from softschools.com:
|Sacramento is located where the American River and Sacramento River |
|Sacramento covers an area of 100.105 square miles.|
|Sacramento was not the first capital of California. There were five others,including Monterey, San Jose, Vellejo, Benicia, and San Francisco. |
Sacramento was the capital by 1862, but a fire destroyed the capital
building and for a brief period the capital was temporarily San Francisco.
|The Pony Express that stretched from Sacramento to Missouri originated in Sacramento in 1860.|
|Sacramento has had several nicknames over the years including Sactown, the Big Tomato, River City, City of Trees, and Camellia Capital of the |
|Sacramento’s Discovery Park is submerged in the winter to help control |
|In Old Sacramento tourists can ride paddle steamers and steam-hauled |
|In Old Sacramento, the streets are cobblestone and there are many |
buildings dating back to the 1850s and 1860s.
|Sacramento is home to the California State Railroad Museum, which |
houses 21 restored locomotives.
|The only city in the world with more trees than Sacramento is Paris, |
|Despite being an inland city, Sacramento has a thriving port, accessible |
via the San Joaquin Delta River and Sacramento River.
|There is a large tunnel network under the city of Sacramento, but it |
became evident that the city would have to be raised to deal with
flooding, and the tunnels were abandoned.
|Sacramento is home to the art museum The Crocker, which is the oldest |
art museum in the western U.S.
|Sacramento Zoo was founded in 1927. School and other groups can have a sleep over in the zoo to experience nature and the zoo at night.|
|The biggest almond processing plant in the world is located in Sacramento. It is the Blue Diamond plant, which processes as many as 12 million |
pounds a day during harvest.
|The climate in Sacramento is Mediterranean, with mild temperatures and lots of sun.|
|There are many attractions in Sacramento that can be enjoyed without |
paying a fee including museums on Free Museum Day, Jelly Belly Factory, Second Saturday Art Walk, American River Bike Trail, and Folsom Lake, which is a recreational area with 75 miles of shoreline.
|Sacramento is home to California’s largest ‘Certified Farmers Market’. There are at least 50 farmers markets in the city thanks to the climate and |
ability to grow produce with high yields.