Sacramento, tutter's Fort - Sacramento,
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2710 L Street, Sacramento, California
State Historic Park Sutter's Fort SHP is
open daily. It is closed
Christmas and New Years Day. Sutter's
Fort is in the heart of the City of
Sacramento. While many tourists don't
even know it exists, its worth a visit.
The gift store has a fantastic selection
of books and CDs that you'll enjoy.
History re-enactments occur regularly
(mostly on weekends) and provide
learning opportunities through. This
Sacramento gem is surrounded by the huge
cement buildings that inhabit the city,
but you can close your eyes and almost
imagine the time in which this fort set
on a hill was constructed.
About Sutter's Fort: In 1839 a Swiss
immigrant named John Sutter received a
48,000-acre land grant in the Sacramento
Valley from the Mexican government. He
used the land to create a flourishing
agricultural empire and named it New
Helvetia (New Switzerland.) This empire
established Sacramento's earliest
settlement and the first non-Indian
settlement in California's Central
In 1847 Sutter sent aid to the Donner
Party, a group of immigrants trapped in
a winter storm in the Sierra Nevada
Mountains. Word spread and Sutter became
known for his hospitality and for
providing temporary refuge to travelers.
This reputation made New Helvetia the
destination for early immigrants to
Less than a decade after they were
established, Sutter's properties were
overrun by gold seekers and the fort is
all that remains of New Helvetia. It has
been restored to its former state based
on an 1847 map published in Darmstadt,
Germany and is open daily for tours.
The park is in midtown Sacramento
between K and L Streets and 26th and
Traveling on I-80, from San Francisco,
take Business 80/Hwy 50 east. Take the
Business 80 exit (north towards Reno) to
the N Street turn off. Travel straight
on 30th Street then turn left under the
freeway at L Street to the Fort which
will be located on your right.
Monday - Saturday, bring quarters for
the parking meters. Parking is free on
Facilities - Opportunities
The Fort is available for private
parties and gatherings for a fee.
Call for availability and information:
A self-guided audio tour is available.
Special events are scheduled throughout
Sutter's Fort Trade Store provides a
large variety of authentic gifts and
publications relating to California
history including the Overland Trail and
Gold Rush. The store is non-profit and
operated by the Sacramento Historic
Sites Association in cooperation with
the California State Parks.
Summer and spring are warm; fall and
winter can be cool. Layered clothing is
advised. Activities include exhibits and
programs, guided tours, facilities,
restrooms and a visitors center.
(Information supplied by California
State Parks) MUSEUMSCalifornia Military
Museum 1115 Second Street (916) 442-2883
An interpretive museum with authentic
clothing, equipment and stories from our
nation's rich military past. California
State Railroad Museum 111 I Street (916)
445-6645 The largest interpretive
railroad museum in the nation with
exhibits and activities for the whole
family. See beautifully restored
locomotives and cars from the 1860s to
the 1960s. Crocker Art Museum Third and
O Street (916) 264-5423 Featuring
Victorian architecture, Early California
painting collections, Old Master
drawings and colorful contemporary
California art. Discovery Museum 101 I
Street (916) 264-7057 A public service,
educational institution established to
foster the wonder and curiosity in us
all. Explore, experience and examine.
Learning has never been more fun.
Schoolhouse Museum Front and L Street
(916) 483-8818 An authentic one-room
schoolhouse. Spectacular Russian
Dinosaur Exhibition 1126 Second Street
888-264-8763 World's largest, authentic,
traveling dinosaur exhibition, including
the 20 foot Saurolophus and the 16 foot
Tyrannosaurus. Open to the public. Call
to schedule groups. Sutter's Fort 2710 L
Street (916) 445-4422 Sacramento's
earliest settlement was founded in 1839.
Self guided audio tours are available.
California AutomobileMuseum 2200 Front
Street (916) 442-6802 Featuring exhibits
of the American Automobile. Wells Fargo
Museum Corner of Second and J Streets
(916) 440-4263 Stagecoaches, gold,
mining, business, commerce are all
colorfully interpreted for visitors.