Walking tours of Sacramento's historic places

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  1. 1. Walking tours of Sacramento's historic places WALKING TOURS SPONSORED BY SACRAMENTO HERITAGESacramento Heritage created self- guided walking tours with maps that allow locals and visitors to Sacramento to enjoy the city's historical wonders at their own pace. Sac Heritage Tour 1: Downtown - City Hall Area The City Hall Area Walking Tour begins from Sacramento's City Hall fronting the one block square Cesar Chavez Plaza. The California State Capitol was to be located on the plaza site, until plans were halted and the property returned to the City. The square, known as City Plaza, was made the central feature of John Noland's 1915 vision of a Civic Center, a formal park framed by City Hall, a post office, an auditorium, art gallery, library, hotel, and offices. The City of Sacramento completed two buildings in the master plan, City Hall and the Sacramento Library.Sac Heritage Tour 2: J and K Street Commercial Corridor The Commercial Corridor tour highlights some of the most important historic buildings in Sacramento on J and K Streets, the central core of the city's formative years. J Street was a major thoroughfare leading from the Sacramento River to 12th Street, where routes continued east to the gold mine settlements of Hangtown
  2. 2. (Placerville) and Coloma, or turned north toward Auburn and Marysville. Because J and K Streets were the most heavily-travelled, businesses were first constructed on the city blocks lining these streets.Sac Heritage Tour 3: State Capitol Area The tour of the State Capitol Area highlights impressive State government buildings and surrounding office buildings, hotels and apartment buildings which support the active political and social sector of Sacramento. Originally, when the state government moved into the Capitol building in 1874, Capitol Park was edged by Victorian era homes. Over the 20th century buildings by Sacramento's most beloved architects were located here as the City and State government grew in size. These structures of various architectural styles depict the layered development and aesthetic of the City's historic core. State Capitol Area Brochure, including mapNote: The brochure is designed to be printed in 11" by 17" format, but can be printed in 8.5" by 11" format. If you wish to print the brochure in 11" by 17" format,The City Hall Area printing, assembly and folding instructions. If you wish to print in 8.5" by 11" format, select the 8.5" by 11" paper size in your browser's print menu.WALKING TOURS SPONSORED BY
  3. 3. SACRAMENTO COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETYHistorical Society Tour 1: Self Guided Walking Tour of Historic Buildings on K StreetSACRAMENTO OLD CITY CEMETERY WALKING TOUR SACRAMENTO MODERN MIDTOWN COMMERCIAL TOUR Sacramento Modern - Midtown Commercial TourSACRAMENTO BUNGALOW HERITAGE ASSOCIATION WALKING TOURIn 1998, the Sacramento Bungalow Heritage Association published a walking tour of several Midtown/East Sac neighborhoods. While this organization no longer exists, this tour is a reminder of the important work the Association did.OAK PARK WALKING TOURSac State Professor Robin Datel prepared this tour featuring historical points of interest in Sacramento's Oak Park neighborhood, one of Sacramento's first streetcar suburbs.BOULEVARD PARK WALKING TOURProduced in 1994 by the Historic Boulevard Park Committee, this tour features homes and other features in one of Sacramento's most historic neighborhoods, Boulevard Park. Once the location of the California State Fairgrounds, Boulevard Park features an interesting and eclectic collection of Midtown Sacramento homes.CURTIS PARK WALKING TOURS 1. Curtis Oaks Tour 2. South Curtis Oaks Tour 3. Saint Francis Oaks Tour DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO PARTNERSHIP TOURS The Downtown Sacramento Partnership offers a series of unique guided tours through
  4. 4. downtown Sacramento that introduce the people, places and events that shaped California history. From John Sutter to Cesar Chavez, these tours cover more than 150 years of state and local history. Topics range from art and architecture to cultural, religious and urban history. Call 442-8575, email dsp@downtownsac.org for prices and scheduling and to make a reservation. All tours are guided and last approximately one hour.DSP Tour 1: Kids Meet the City - A tour of California history especially for kidsDesigned as a fun and interactive way to introduce local history to students of all ages. This unique walk through downtown will explore the Gold Rush, the history and route of the famed Pony Express, John Sutter's place in California history, and the Big Four of the railroad industry as well as offer an introduction to city government with a visit into City Council Chambers.DSP Tour 2: Tales of the Central City - An overview of early Sacramento historyWalk with down memory lane on a guided tour of one of the oldest cities in California. Learn how Sacramento wrangled the distinction of California's State Capitol, walk the original route of the famed Pony Express, see the influence of railroad's 'Big Four' on early urban planning and learn why downtown sidewalks are hollow. Our Gold Rush era specialist, Mike Munson leads this tour.DSP Tour 3: Structural Stories - Local examples of historical architecture stylesStroll through the ages of architectural history right here in downtown Sacramento. From our Renaissance-style Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament and the graceful Art Deco shapes of Crest Theatre to Chicago style architecture here in California, we will show you local examples of the world's finest styles. Shawn Peter leads this tour.DSP Tour 4: Art is All Around Us - A tour of Sacramento's Art in Public PlacesTour Sacramento's impressive collection of permanently sited works of art
  5. 5. integrated into Sacramento's built and natural environments. See local works by notable local and regional artists. This tour was developed in partnership with Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission's Art in Public Places program.DSP Tour 5: Yesterday, Today Tomorrow | K Street commerce, growth and redevelopmentBeginning in Old Sacramento at Front and K streets, this tour will trace Sacramento's commercial growth by traveling on foot toward 13th K. On this walk, see Sacramento's first commercial district, learn about K Street's early history as a vaudeville and entertainment hotspot and be the first to hear future plans for Sacramento's most talked-about pedestrian mall. Shawn Peter or Mike Munson will lead this tour.DSP Tour 6: The Art of Terra Cotta | An architecture tour featuring local clay artisans Gladding McBeanThis tour discusses the history of terra cotta as an architectural art form and will highlight downtown's best examples of this turn-of-the-century technique. This tour emphasizes the contribution of the Gladding McBean studio, one of the region's best cultural and artistic assets, which has provided terra cotta tiles, pipes and sculpture for customers worldwide. Based in Lincoln, California, this studio has been in continual operation since 1874, with many downtown buildings showcasing the studio's early works. This tour will highlight these structures as well as discuss the evolution of this notable clay studio, the process of working with this unique type of clay and the studio's legacy on the art of terra cotta. Mike Munson leads this tour.DSP Tour 7: Sacred Spaces - The story of Downtown's religious structuresThis tour offers a glimpse into
  6. 6. Sacramento's first faith-based organizations and discusses the history of these churches in the context of early California history. This tour also touches on the unique architectural features of each structure. A portion of the proceeds benefit housing efforts for downtown homeless. Kids Meet the City | A tour of California history especially for kids This tour is specially designed to serve as a fun and interactive way to introduce local history to students of all ages. This unique walk through downtown will explore the Gold Rush, the history and route of the famed Pony Express, John Sutter's place in California history, and the Big Four of the railroad industry as well as offer an introduction to city government with a visit into City Council Chambers. http://www.sacramentoheritage.org/walking.html