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The CALIFORNIA EXPERIENCE

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After a few days reprieve with not too much to share I will bring you up-to-date on activities. One day's stay at the Petaluma Elks Club was all I could get due to its location and popularity as reservations are required. I had to move to the KOA a few miles down the road where I stayed several days. During this time I drove into San Fran a couple of times and left totally frustrated with the heavy traffic and construction going on. It took hours of stop & go traffic to navigate. By far, it is the worst I have encountered on this trip. Worse than Seattle, Dallas, or Washington, DC, and that's going some! On a future (?) visit I will fly in, rely on a tour company to show me the city. My objective on this trip is to visit the Capitol cities not fight traffic. My alternative plan executed was to enjoy the wineries of the Petaluma region, and there are hundreds of wineries and thousands of vineyards here. As I mentioned before, names like Sonoma, Napa, Russian River, etc. are close by.

Before leaving the KOA in Petaluma I experienced a car problem. My AAA membership came in handy. The car battery needed replacing for it wouldn't hold a charge. I feel lucky as this is the first incident on this trip which is now about 7,500 miles from FL. From Petaluma to Sacramento is about a 2 1/2 hr. drive through the fertile Sacramento Valley. It was a delight to see the huge vegetable farms with thousands of melons laying on the ground waiting to be harvested. There were long, as in mile-long, rows of what appeared to be red tomatoes or red sweet peppers and other crops. Very large processing plants were along the highway. Interesting to a small town boy!

As one would imagine with I-5 & 1-80 crossing in Sacramento the traffic is heavy most of the time, but mild compared to San Francisco. I booked in at the Carmichael Elks Lodge in the suburb community for 4 nights. It is an active lodge with meals served 6 nights a week, appealing to me. The Lodge members are very friendly and welcoming as are the other RV'ers (about 6 of us).

Sacramento has an interesting history dating back to 1839 when the Mexican government granted Capt. John Sutter 50,000 acres of land. Sacremento was plotted on Sutter's property in 1848, the same year that gold was discovered a few miles away at Sutter's mill. The newly-formed town quickly became a major supply center for the 'Mother Lode' country. California became a State in 1850, and Sacramento was chosen as its Capitol in 1854.
Much was happening during that period of rapid growth. The Gold Rush, the territory becoming a State, the city becoming its Capitol, and in 1856 California's first railroad was built connecting Sacramento to Fulson twenty-three miles away. In 1860 Sacramento became the western terminus of the Pony Express line from St. Joseph, MO. Of course, during that period the American Civil War began in 1861, lasting until 1865. President Lincoln, at the time, recognized the need to connect both coasts of America. He, with the support of Congress passed into law the Pacific Railroad Act of 1862. The Union Pacific Railroad and the Central Pacific Railroad Co.'s were chosen for the task. The Central Pacific worked eastward from Sacramento and the Union Pacific worked westward from Council Bluffs, IA. The two met at Promentory, Utah to celebrate the completion of this monumental achievement. Four Californians were the financiers and driving force behind the Central Pacific Railroad. The most notable of the 4 was Leland Stanford whose wealth established Stanford University. The US Government helped underwrite the cost of the entire project with performance incentives included.

My visit to the California State Railroad Museum was so interesting that I plan to revisit the museum today to see more of the 3 floors of exhibits. The Museum is located in the Old Sacramento State Historic Park. More on that tomorrow.

Posted by dixter 09:23 Archived in USA Tagged sacramento

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Dick: just to let you know, the RR Museum is so cool, the Frera family has an annual pass and goes there 2-3 time a month. It never gets old. Enjoy.

by kafera

Can't even spell my own name. FERA FAMILY.

by kafera

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