524 Main St.
Placerville, CA 95667
The history of Sacramento is tightly interwoven with the El Dorado County town of Placerville. Long ago, this historic spot on the way to the gold fields in nearby Coloma turned into a bustling burg, serving the miners and gold panners who flocked to the area in search of riches. What was it like back then? The Fountain-Tallman Museum has the answers to that question. The stone building that houses the museum was built in 1852, and finished in 1853. Inside you’ll find the everyday lives of the people from that era on display. This is history wrapped up in a historical building in an equally historic gold rush town, beautifully preserved. Treat yourself to the wonders here.
5205 West Lake Blvd.
Homewood, CA 96141
It is impossible to consider the history of Sacramento without also including Lake Tahoe. This superbly wonderful alpine lake is linked with Sacramento in many different ways. The maritime museum is full of the lake’s history, from stem to stern. Some of the original boats that plied the lake are here. The photos and stories are fascinating. You will absolutely want to spend the day wandering here. When you are done, your knowledge of the lake, the boats, the commerce, and recreational history of the lake will be vastly enriched. You’ll be back; it’s that good.
125 I St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Here’s a simple reality: without the railroads, there wouldn’t be much of a Sacramento history. The iron horses are as much a part of the city and the area as gold, water and politics. Some of the most astounding railroad engines, cars and railroad memorabilia are here under one very large roof. When you’re done absorbing the sights and sounds of the railroad, head outside to enjoy a spring time walk along the mighty Sacramento river. You are in Old Sacramento. A short walk takes you into the vibrant modern day downtown Sacramento, which is a fine place to spend a few beautiful spring days.
2200 Front St.
Sacramento, CA 95818
Go back in time to 1885. Did cars exist then? They did, and the 150 permanent car collection here starts with the 1885 versions of cars. Things have changed a bit over the years. Take a stroll through automotive history. When you’re done with the permanent collection, head to the current exhibit. This part of the museum changes on a regular basis. What you’ll see could be just about anything that has to do with cars. From the exotic to the super finned wonders of the ’50s, the exhibitions that are hand picked by the curator are extraordinary. Enjoy a day in car land, and see just how much has changed over the years.
303 3rd St.
Davis, CA 95616
Bicycles have been around for a very long time. Some of them are hardly recognizable as bikes. This museum has some pretty interesting bikes, and the early ones, from the 1800’s, are really quite loosely related to what we ride these days. The evolution of these pedal powered beauties will bring a smile to your face as you wonder how anyone actually rode some of them. The museum offers a view of just about every kind of bicycle construction ever used. Take home some vintage style memorabilia, and fire up your passion for riding your own two wheeled wonder bike.
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