10 fast facts successful people don’t know about Sacramento
1. While Sacramento is the capital of California, this has not always been true in regards to Sacramento history. Sacramento is actually the sixth capital of California. The first capital in California was Monterey, then Benica, and after that San Francisco became was the capital. After many changes, Sacramento finally became the official capital in 1854. The decision to make Sacramento the permanent capital came from the acknowledgement of Sacramento’s safety – as it lies inland. The inland location provides Sacramento a degree of safety from any kind of attack from the coastline.
2. The coldest temperature on record for Sacramento is 18 degrees Fahrenheit. This occurred in December of 1990. The low usually never falls too far below 40 degrees, which results in an average snowfall of 0 inches a year. Making a temperature of 18 degrees weather that was certainly out of the ordinary!
3. Another interesting unknown fact about Sacramento history is it used to be within the tunnels that are now underneath the city’s foundation. Because of the harsh effects of flood damage, the city was raised up higher – high enough to get away from flooding. The area has 2 rivers running through it, thus making it prone to flooding. Understanding this city engineers calculated that an elevation of 17 feet above sea level would protect the city from further flood damage.
4. World-renowned author, Mark Twain, lived in Sacramento in 1866. While in Sacramento he wrote for the area’s newspaper the Sacramento Union. He specifically worked as a correspondent for special news. Around this period, he began writing his nationally renowned books Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.
5. Spanish explorers came to call Sacramento the “City of Trees”. This name was inspired due to the many ash trees in the area, which still is relevant even today. Sacramento is also known as “River City”, “The Camella Capital of the World”, and “The Big Tomato”.
6. Historically Sacramento is the oldest incorporated city in the state. Being incorporated in February of 1850.
7. John Sutter built his home in Sacramento in the 1840’s which is known today as Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. Presently, this is the oldest restored fort in the entire nation.
8. The Pony Express began in Sacramento. The mail delivery trail was 1,980 miles long and began in 1860. The Pony Express delivered Mail from Sacramento all the way through to Missouri.
9. For most likely thousands of years, Valley Miwok, Shonommey, and Maidu Native Americans are important to Sacramento history as they have lived in this area. The area was rather undisturbed by the existence of these tribes as they highly valued the land. Their diet consisted mostly of acorns, fruits, seeds, and various roots.
10. The name Sacramento comes from the Spanish explorer’s interpretation of the area. Sacrament refers to the Sacrament of Christ. The name of the city reflects the Roman Catholic roots on which the area was founded. The name mostly refers to the sacrament of the Eucharist.