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Excursion Train Rides and Underground Tours Return 4/5 with New Twists

Old Sacramento debuts its popular weekend train excursions and underground tours this weekend, April 5-6, and has added some new twists to the attractions to make a good thing even better. The City wants to ensure visitors are getting the best possible experience while taking a train ride along the river or touring our historical bones beneath the city. Before starting the new season, a team of tour guides and outsiders weighed in on what changes could be made. Amid the improvements are added specialty train rides and a new interactive mini-jack component of the underground tour. Of the underground tour, Marcia Eymann, City Historian for the City of Sacramento and Executive Director of the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation, said, “Everyone wants to touch something but it’s rare that you can do that, and so this lets them get their hands on it and understand more how this process [of raising the city] worked.” Both experiences are a great way to interact with the history and views of the city. “It’s a really unique opportunity,” Eymann added. “It’s all in one place and you can go and visit the underground and see what life was like in the 1840s and 1850s. But then you get to go on the train, which the train revolutionized California just as much as the Gold Rush did.” All Aboard! […]

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A long ride on the road to success, WhoRide?

Hard work, dedication, and perseverance is no easy ride, but it eventually pays off. A group of local artists who call themselves WhoRide knows first-hand that making it big isn’t something that happens over night. Four friends from Roseville who came together on a series of coincidences are no strangers to late night recording sessions in their garage turned recording studio. With limited budgets, full-time jobs, and other responsibilities, it is truly a testimony to their passion for music that has brought them this far. WhoRide will perform on stage Sunday, December 16 for their fifth time at Ace of Spades in Downtown Sacramento. They will be opening for Snoop Dogg, the famed rapper, for a crowd of about 1,200 fans, which is to be their largest sell-out so far. It all began five years ago, after Michael “Money Mike” Carlson, artist and producer, moved back to California from Hawaii and started working at a local restaurant where he met Brandon “B.K.” Kelley, fellow group member. From there, Carlson was introduced to Justin “JSi” Silas, Gerald “G Money” Miguel, and Stephen “Burn” Jackson and together they began making music. WhoRide, who describes their music as hip-hop, reggae, club and underground with a mainstream sound, says they like to be “well-rounded.” While for now, they earn only a small fraction from ticket sales for each show, […]

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Old Sac Underground Tours on Mondays thru Labor Day!

Dig it!  Responding to the demand for more Old Sacramento Underground tour availability, tours are now available on Mondays through Labor Day.  On most Mondays, four tours have been added and are offered from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  Then, on Labor Day (Monday, September 5), an expanded tour schedule is available with tours departing every half hour from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.  With schedules that fluctuate with the seasons, Old Sacramento Underground tours continue through Sunday, November 27.   Interested tour participants are encouraged to check the website — www.historicoldsac.org — for tour dates, times and availability. “For a variety of reasons, possibly long weekends or hold-over stays during conventions, visitors to Old Sacramento have been asking for underground tours on Mondays,” said Marcia Eymann, Executive Director of the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation.  “We are pleased to be able to respond accordingly with Monday tours at least for the next four weeks.” 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, an open archeological site and enclosed pathways all 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 […]

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The lowdown on Sacramento’s underground

The largest storm in California’s recorded history peaked in January 1862, turning the Sacramento Valley into a 250- to 300-mile-long inland sea. Since the previous winter, Sacramento had received 400 percent of its annual average rainfall. The storm moved as far inland as Tennessee, slowing down troop movements in the Civil War. After 10 inches of rain in December 1861, Sacramento newspapers declared Christmas canceled. By January 1862, steamboats sailed through what is now Old Sacramento, rescuing people from their homes, and boat-makers charged inflated prices to capitalize on the new demand. On Jan. 10, newly elected Governor Leland Stanford had to travel to the Capitol via boat for his inauguration. The flooding was so dangerous, the legislature abandoned Sacramento for San Francisco. As residents left for safety, others made plans to raise the streets in an attempt to continue urban growth and thrive as the state’s economic and political center. This storm inadvertently created Sacramento’s underground. As the streets were raised some 10 feet on average, new underground spaces were created. Some used their underground space as storage, others as lower levels for their stores. A Chinese herbalist used the space to conduct his business. Sacramento State graduate Heather Downey recently completed her master’s thesis project on the subject, writing an interpretive plan for a Sacramento underground tour. To earn her MA in public […]

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Raised streets, hollow sidewalks in Sacramento

Imagine walking through a series of underground tunnels, skylights from the sunny streets above pouring in ambient glow. Citizens hurriedly walk across the glass skylights above, going about their modern-day business, oblivious to the group of people underground viewing architecture, photographs and artifacts more than a hundred years old.  This occurred recently while surveyors walked into a number of hollow sidewalks underneath Sacramento streets, and one day, more might be able to view this buried historical treasure.  William Burg recently wrote this article on Sacramento Press about the City’s plan to survey underground sidewalks in Sacramento . The goal of the survey was "to identify character-defining features of the streets and hollow sidewalks and establish a methodology for surveying and recording these spaces," said Meg Glynn, project manager for Paige & Turnbull, the lead consultants for the project team, which includes the City of Sacramento. Nearly 30 people attended a workshop in historic City Hall to view Glynn’s brief PowerPoint presentation, then participated in a question-and-answer session to discuss concerns and the survey’s progress. The survey, which was made possible by an $18,000 grant between the State Office of Historic Preservation and the Capital City Preservation Trust must be completed no later than September 30th. Many questions were about proposals to use the underground sidewalks as part of a historical tour and tourist attraction might […]

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Monterey Bay Underground UFO Base

Monterey Bay Underground UFO Base By Paul Dale Roberts, Resident HPI Ufologist Is there a UFO base underneath Monterey Bay? Many citizens have reported hearing buzzing or humming noises underneath this bay. Many UFO sightings have been seen at Monterey Bay, Salinas, Monterey and Santa Cruz. When people encounter UFOs, most of these witnesses do not want to go public with their information. Instead they seek out other journalists that they feel confident with. I recently telephonically talked with a Mr. O’Brien who claims that he has been abducted all his life by aliens. He describes the aliens as your run-of-the-mill ‘Grays’. When the abductions are about to take place, there is a buzzing sound, he will find himself paralyzed to his bed. The Grays will enter through the walls and lift his immobilized body into the air. He will be floated into their airship and whisked away, in which he will go through various medical experiments that deal with skin tissue samples, blood samples and genital sperm extractions. Many times during the abductions, there was memory loss and time loss. He now has the capability of remembering his most recent abduction episodes. Mr. O’Brian felt it was necessary to contact me, because he lives in Del Rey Oaks (in between Monterey and Seaside) and his alien abductors have finally taken him to their base […]

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