Rancho Cordova council members, from left, Ken Cooley and Robert McGarvey and Mayor Dave Roberts rejoice at the new city's inaugural bash in July 2003. Many other officials were on hand, too. Said Councilwoman Linda Budge, "The first of July is our New Year." Rancho Cordova became the county's seventh city and the state's 478th on July 1, 2003.
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Rancho Cordova, which lies east of Sacramento on U.S. Highway 50, is the newest city in California. But its history stretches back to the Gold Rush and the Pony Express. Mills Station, one of the stopping points for the Pony Express, is now being renovated into a community center.
Voters in the area approved the new city, which officially came into being July 2003.
Rancho Cordova is bound on the north by the American River Parkway, which extends 23 miles from near downtown Sacramento dam east to Nimbus Dam. The parkway provides hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing, swimming and other outdoor activities. Goethe Park is also located along the river.
Shopping is easy at a variety of centers along U.S. 50. Commuters to downtown Sacramento have good access to light rail service.
Mather Field, once an Air Force Base in Rancho Cordova, is now in operation as a civilian air field and business park. Currently being developed at Mather is a 1,270-unit single family project at Mather known as Independence at Mather.
A full range of rental and private housing is available, including homes near the American River.
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