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Old Sacramento: Fires and Floods and Disease, Oh My!
Old Sacramento is a very interesting town with a whole lot of problems. Fires and floods constantly plagued the capital and caused destruction. However, the Pony Express, the Transcontinental Railroad and Wells Fargo had their origins here. There are many other issues, but I think the most interesting topic is the floods. Happening three times in less than 20 years, floods were constant. One happened in 1850, the second in 1852, the third in 1862. Each time Old Sacramento tried to come up with a solution. They tried building levees, or a wall of dirt that surrounds a city. This worked for a while, but some were destroyed.
Then, it was decided that the city needed to be raised. Jacks were put under each building and, turn after turn, the building would rise. Over the course of more than 10 years, Old Sacramento was raised 12 feet. These floods sound bad, but some partied on their rooftops the whole time! Old Sacramento’s floods are really interesting. The floods themselves aren’t that interesting, but the story behind building protection against them is.
Article posted April 26, 2012 at 11:08 AM •
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