See The Sacramento River ... By Car

See The Sacramento River ... By Car For people traveling by car (or bicycle or motorcycle), this blog is a guide to the Sacramento River.

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John Sutter in the Sacramento Valley–Sutter’s Hock Farm

John Sutter in the Sacramento Valley–Sutter’s Hock Farm


Sutter had his enemies, his detractors, his faults.  He was a complex, controversial man. Commentators have used up entire catalogs of adjectives trying to define him.

Whatever people called him or thought of him, there was no denying his energy and stubborn perseverance, his Teutonic tenacity.   In the quest of his own holy...

John Sutter in the Sacramento Valley–Sutter and the Gold Rush

John Sutter in the Sacramento Valley–Sutter and the Gold Rush


“It was in the first part of January, 1848, when the gold was discovered at Coloma, where I was then building a saw-mill,” Sutter wrote in Hutchings’ California Magazine.  “The contractor and builder of this mill was James W. Marshall, from New Jersey.”

Marshall had found the precious metal in the South Fork...

John Sutter in the Sacramento Valley–Sutter’s Fort

John Sutter in the Sacramento Valley–Sutter’s Fort


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East (28th Street) entrance to Sutter's Fort
The Sutter’s Fort that you visit these days is a restoration.  After gold was discovered in 1848, the original fort was abandoned and fell into disrepair.  Restoration began in 1891...

John Sutter in the Sacramento Valley–Sutter’s Long Journey; Sutter’s Landing

John Sutter in the Sacramento Valley–Sutter’s Long Journey; Sutter’s Landing


California’s governor, Jerry Brown, and his wife, Anne Gust Brown, own a Welsh corgi called Sutter.  In California, the name Sutter is affixed to what is also called the World’s Smallest Mountain Range.  A town at the base of those mountains is named for him. So is a California county.  And so are streets,...

Bay Delta Conservation Plan Stalled–Two Articles

No surprise here.  Public comments on the so-called twin tunnels project--the Bay Delta Conservation Plan--show great dissatisfaction with the plan, so the bureaucrats are taking it back to the drawing board.  Or should that be Ouija board?

For more info, see these two articles:

"Plans for two huge water diversion tunnels in the Delta are being...

"Years of Turning Off the Tap; What Australia Has Learned about Dry Spells"

Interesting article on how Aussies cope with droughts, HERE***

Another Roadside Distraction (3 of Them)

Another Roadside Distraction (3 of Them)

Rural roads are a pleasure to drive on.  These are the usual reasons:  quiet, less traffic, not so hectic, restful on the eyes.But I like them for another reason:  I enjoy puzzling over the roadside distractions, the locally produced, ho...

Blog: "Are You as Water Smart as Conan O’Brien?"


Conan O’Brien, Andy Richter, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the State of California have teamed up to create a series of funny Public Service Announcements planned to encourage water conservation during California’s historic drought.  To see, click here.

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Folsom Lake, in a Drought Year

Folsom Lake, in a Drought Year

Folsom Dam, viewed from Beals Point, August 5, 2014As of August 5, 2014, Folsom Lake, the reservoir behind Folsom Dam, was 41 percent full,according to the California Department of Water Resources.Folsom Lake Marina, August 5, 2014Boats were removed fr...

Way Down in the Valley: Collinsville, Bird’s Landing, Shiloh Church, Western Railway Museum, and The Hump

Way Down in the Valley:  Collinsville, Bird’s Landing, Shiloh Church, Western Railway Museum, and The Hump


At about the midpoint of this trip, I was talking with a docent at the Western Railway Museum.  I mentioned that I had just driven up from Collinsville.

“Collinsville!  What were you doing there?”

“I have a hobby that involves taking pictures of–-”

“Weird stuff?”


Collinsville

Collinsville is way down in the Sacramento Valley, at the very bottom, just...

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