On the Road and In Your Backyard

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Today, pictures from valued commenter 🐾BillinGlendaleCA.

Outside the Halls of Government…

After visiting the inside of the Capitol I meandered through the large Capitol Park on my way to meeting for lunch with the local jackals. I then walked to the Sacramento River using the street south of the Capitol Mall, crossed the river via the golden bridge and returned to the Capitol area to drive to the airport.

Taken on 2018-07-17 00:00:00

Capitol Park, Sacramento, California

The California Capitol is on 10 square blocks of land in the center of Sacramento, but the building only takes up less than half of this space; the rest is Capitol Park. The park had a variety of trees native to the state, memorials, and a rose garden. This is the view from the eastern edge of the park back towards the Capitol building.

Taken on 2018-07-17 00:00:00

Sacramento, California

A few blocks west of the Capitol is the Stanford Mansion, the Sacramento residence of Leland Stanford. Leland Stanford was the eighth Governor of California(the mansion served as the Governor’s Mansion during Stanford’s term(2 years) as Governor as well as the two Governors that succeeded him(the Stanfords had moved to San Francisco). Leland Stanford also server as a US Senator for 8 years(until his death) and founded Stanford University in honor of his son, Leland Stanford Jr. who died as a teenager. The mansion is a State Historical Park and is used for receptions hosted by the Governor.

Taken on 2018-07-17 00:00:00

Sacramento, California

The Tower Bridge crosses the Sacramento River at the west edge of the Capitol Mall and nicely frames the Capitol 10 blocks away(that is if you’re in the center of the road, which I didn’t want to do since there was traffic). The bridge was built in the mid-1930’s.

Taken on 2018-07-17 00:00:00

Sacramento, California

Just north of the Tower Bridge is the old portion of Sacramento that has been preserved and restored(unlike Los Angeles where they just tore everything down and built parking lots, I’m not bitter). It was a bit tourist trappy, but was fun to see.

Taken on 2018-07-17 00:00:00

Sacramento, California

I had a few minutes before I needed to drive to the airport to catch my flight back to LaLaLand, so I walked around the area close to the Capitol and stopped by their very impressive cathedral. The cathedral was built in the 1880’s and was extensively modified over the years(the dome was covered over for acoustic reasons). In 2003 the cathedral was closed for 2 years for extensive restoration(including restoring the dome) to return it to it’s original appearance.

This photo is actually a panorama of three photos.


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    West of the Rockies says:

    As always, nice photos, Bill! I’m 90 miles north of Sac and know those locations well. Did you get into the train museum? It’s a fun place to kick around for a while, especially if you’ve got inquisitive kidlings in tow.

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    @West of the Rockies: Thanks. No train museum, I was pretty time constrained.

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    JPL says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: The old Sacramento pic looks like a postcard. Very nice.

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    @JPL: Thanks, I boosted the shadows and reduced the hightlights(the sky).

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    Mr. Prosser says:

    I like the bridge photo. The style seems quintessentially Californian to me, like Coit Tower and the LA city hall.

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    SoupCatcher says:

    All beautiful! Especially the bridge one, as that is one of my favorite structures in Sacramento. As Mr. Prosser said, that mid early century cement work feels distinctly Californian.

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    J R in WV says:

    Nice work, as usual, Bill !! Not living in CA I will probably never visit Sacramento, but it looks like a very nice state capitol sort of town. Just enough old stuff to be interesting without being too much.

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    @Mr. Prosser:
    @SoupCatcher: I’ve always liked the bridge too, I used to see it when we’d drive through SacTown on the way up north. California built some really nice stuff in the late 20’s and early 30’s.

    @J R in WV: Many California cities do have an old section(the Plaza in LA, the gaslamp district in San Diego) that have been preserved. I wish they had preserved more in LA.

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