Top Ten Historic Sites in the Sacramento RegionLoading
  • No. 10: Southern Pacific Depot

    Built: 1925
    Added to the National Register: 1975

    "The railroad heritage for California and this region is highly significant and this listing is the most significant relative to Sacramento’s Rail history." -- Roberta Deering, Senior Planner for Historic Preservation Community, City of Sacramento

    DICK SCHMIDT | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • No. 9: Tower Bridge

    Built: 1935
    Added to National Register: 1982

    "This handsome Streamline Moderne structure is frequently used as an icon by both Sacramento and West Sacramento. It draws attention to the importance of Sacramento’s rivers—and the need to cross them—in the region’s history, and to the excellent situation of the metro area on rail and road transportation networks." -- Dr. Robin Datel, Professor and Chair CSUS Geography Department

    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
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    No. 8: Crocker Art Museum

    Built: 1872
    Added to National Register: 1971

    "The Crocker Art Gallery/Museum, including the E. B. Crocker house, displays how rich and influential Victorian Sacramentans lived, but it has the added distinction of having served as the city’s premier art venue for many decades." -- Dr. Robin Datel, Professor and Chair CSUS Geography Department

    A.C. SANTOS | Neighbors Photo
  • No. 7: Locke Historic District

    Built: 1915 (founded)
    Added to National Register: 1971

    "This Chinese hamlet on the Sacramento River is highly picturesque, its antique charm bound up with the state’s and country’s history of anti-Asian discrimination and exclusion." -- Dr. Robin Datel, Professor and Chair CSUS Geography Department

    OWEN BREWER | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • No. 6: Sacramento Memorial Auditorium

    Built: 1926
    Added to National Register: 1978

    "Created as a memorial for those who had served and lost their lives in World War I. The building represents the growth of the city and its majestic brick structure makes it a landmark for the community." -- Marcia Eymann, Sacramento City Historian

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  • No. 5: Delta King

    Built: 1927
    Added to National Register: 1978

    "This regal steamboat represents the glory days of river transport. Its sheer size and capacity with theater space, restaurants and lodgings make it a present day showplace." -- Marcia Eymann, Sacramento City Historian

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    No. 4: Folsom Powerhouse

    Built: 1895
    Added to National Register: 1981

    "This now silent structure was once the center of electrical power for Sacramento County. In 1895 it lit the county. The significance of moving the area out of darkness and into light and the modern world should not be taken lightly." -- Marcia Eymann, Sacramento City Historian

    Florence Low | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 3: California State Capitol

    Built: 1874
    Added to National Register: 1973

    "This is undoubtedly the most widely recognized symbol of Sacramento. It is a striking piece of neoclassical architecture, with clear allusions to Rome and Washington, D.C." -- Dr. Robin Datel, Professor and Chair CSUS Geography Department

    RANDALL BENTON | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • Gold Rush Days in Old Sacramento

    No. 2: Old Sacramento Historic District

    Built: 1850s
    Added to National Register: 1966

    "These few blocks tell many important stories about the Gold Rush, the Pony Express, the telegraph, the railroad, flooding, fire, commerce, ethnic diversity, early state and local governance, and more. Visitors can get a sense of the scale and texture of a nineteenth-century waterfront commercial district. " -- Dr. Robin Datel, Professor and Chair CSUS Geography Department

    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • No. 1: Sutter's Fort

    Built: 1846
    Added to National Register: 1966

    "This fort has taken on mythic significance to the history of California. It was significant in its time for all of the immigrants that it welcomed to California and because of its demise following the Gold Rush. It is the beginning of Sacramento." -- Marcia Eymann, Sacramento City Historian

    Michael Allen Jones | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
The Bee consulted with three local experts to identify the top ten historic sites in the region. They are Marcia Eymann, Sacramento City Historian, Dr. Robin Datel, Professor and Chair CSUS Geography Department and Roberta Deering, Roberta Deering, Senior Planner for Historic Preservation Community, City of Sacramento.
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