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After a very successful inaugural year in 2010, tickets for the second season of Old Sacramento Underground tours are on sale now with a limited number still available for opening weekend on April 2 and 3, 2011. With tour schedules fluctuating with the seasons, Old Sacramento Underground tours will continue through Sunday, November 27. Interested tour participants are encouraged to check the website -- www.historicoldsac.org -- for tour dates, times and availability.
“We are absolutely thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive response to the underground tour program thus far,” said Marcia Eymann, Executive Director of the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation. “We look forward to another successful year and encourage both new and returning visitors to check out this unique, educational and entertaining experience in Old Sacramento.”
In fact, Old Sacramento has the distinction of being the only city in California to raise its streets in the 1860s through the 1870s to protect the city from devastating flooding. Tour participants explore excavated foundations and enclosed pathways while entertaining and knowledgeable tour guides recount the tales of the devastation, perseverance, and determination that led to California’s only successful street-raising project.
The Old Sacramento Underground tour program is coordinated by the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation (HOSF) and in partnership with the City of Sacramento, California State Parks, Old Sacramento Business Association and participating merchants and businesses. While tour dates and times will be expanded in the summer months, the initial underground tour schedule as of April 2, 2011, is as follows: tours depart every 30 minutes from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through May.
Tours of the underground last approximately one hour in length and check-in is located at the Sacramento History Museum, 101 I Street in Old Sacramento. Underground visitors will need to be prepared to walk on uneven surfaces in areas that have low ceilings and in occasional small spaces. Box office questions can be sent via email to email@example.com and more information about Foundation membership is available by calling 916-808-7059.
About the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation
The Historic Old Sacramento Foundation (HOSF) is a 501(c)3 public benefit corporation. Old Sacramento is a living historic district. The mission of HOSF is to convey the importance of historic Sacramento as a place that connects our past to our present and future through engaging and entertaining events, activities and programs. More information is available at www.historicoldsac.org.
Note: Traci Rockefeller Cusack represents a number of organizations in the greater Sacramento region including the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation.