Today in History: Sacramento, California

Sacremento City

Today in History–November 25–the Library of Congress features Sacramento, California, a boom town during the mid-19th-century gold rush. By 1854 the city had become the state capital. Learn more about the city of Sacramento by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources.

Pioneer Life in Sacramento from America’s Library

Sacramento maps

Sacramento images

In the Sacramento valley sheet music

First-person narratives mentioning Sacramento

A Yankee Trader in the Gold Rush: the Letters of Franklin A. Buck

Sacramento books & other texts

Sacramento historical newspapers

Contemporary U.S. legislation related to Sacramento

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