Locke once had five casinos and about as many whorehouses and opium dens. The Sacramento County sheriff and his men were among the customers. Now, 100 years after Locke’s birth, there are still some Chinese living along the narrow streets and wooden boardwalks.
Nhuong Tran, 93, heads a large Sacramento family that emigrated after the U.S. pulled out of Vietnam 40 years ago. He is thankful that his family is in the United States. But he has bitter memories of the war’s end.
The Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles has acquired nearly 450 internment-camp artifacts set for auction. “Star Trek” actor George Takei helped broker the deal. A Facebook page – Japanese American History NOT for sale – started in Sacramento, played a role in saving the artifacts from auction.
Three years after the campaign to build a center promoting racial tolerance in Sacramento ran out of money, a smaller version of the Capital Unity Center has been resurrected as a multimedia gallery in the California Museum downtown.
Nazis killed 6 million Jews and several million others during the Holocaust. They included Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals and the disabled. But thousands of hidden children survived, including a child in Belgium saved by Catholics.
Each day hundreds of motorists on H Street near Carlson Drive drive by an historic bell. The bell once sat atop one of Sacramento’s pioneer fire stations. One hundred fifty years ago, it tolled to mourn the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
A massive mural at the downtown depot is a monumental work of art. It depicts the launching of the construction of the transcontinental railroad in 1863. Now a cleaning and restoration process is underway to remove nearly a century of dirt and nicotine stains.
A group of local Japanese Americans is trying to stop the auction of artifacts from World War II internment camps. They say it’s wrong to make a profit on their families’ misery. The auction house says the seller hopes the items will wind up in the public domain.
The last remaining structure from the original Nut Tree road stop was dismantled Wednesday to make way for an outlet store, the sort of retail attraction that now draws passing motorists into Vacaville.
Danny Mander, 98, was just 23 when he was put in charge of legendary British prime minister Winston Churchill’s safety at World War II’s Tehran Conference with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin. Now he’s a resident of Elk Grove’s Camden Springs retirement community.
Each year, between the last week of January and the third week of March, dozens of yellow buses carrying about 5,000 students pull up to the front of the museum at 1020 O St. to take part in the “Time of Remembrance Field Trip Program.” Students are usually surprised to hear that their tour guides were among the people who had been rounded up and forced to live in the camps.
On Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed executive order 9066, clearing the way for the Japanese Americans to be removed from their homes and relocated in camps throughout the West.
Sacramento’s downtown train depot has earned a spot on every historic register – federal, state and local – but city officials say this is one building they can’t afford to let get stuck in the past. The vintage 1926 station is the latest civic site to undergo major reconstructive surgery.
In the 26 years since Sacramento joined more than 100 other cities across America in renaming a street after King, the 2.8-mile boulevard from Broadway on the north to Franklin has come to reflect many of the challenges and changes playing out across inner-city America.
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