Thursday Thirteen #20
I’m on vacation this week, so I thought that I’d do a Thursday Thirteen about my good ol’ home town, Sacramento. Researching for this list of facts has made me a bit homesick, but it has also reminded me why I moved to a cooler climate. Have any of you visited California’s capitol city? What do you remember about it?
13 Facts About Sacramento:
1. Sacramento is the capital of the State of California. It wasn’t always that way, though. The previous capitols were – Monterey (1849), Pueblo de San Jose (1849-1851), Vallejo (1852), Sacramento (1852-1853), Vallejo (1853), and Benicia (1853-1854). Sacramento has remained the capitol since 28 February 1854.
2. Sacramento has a fabulous Summer Shakespeare Festival. This version of Shakespeare in the Park has been around since 1986. Each year they put on two Shakespearian plays in William Land Park (across from the Zoo.) It is always worth a trip. And no, I’m not just saying this because I went to school with the current Costume Designer. This year’s plays will be Twelfth Night and The Tempest. I can’t wait.
3. Sacramento has many nicknames. It is variously known as “the Camellia Capital of the World,” “River City,” and “City of Trees. Locals tend to call it Sac or Sactown. My favorite nickname has always been “The Big Tomato.”
4. Sacramento is where the Sacramento River and the American River meet. Where two rivers meet is called a “convergence.” In this case, the convergence happens at Discovery Park. The official listings claim that Discovery Park is open year round from sunrise to sunset, but I am here to tell you that this is not quite accurate, as this park spends part of every year under water.
5. Did you know? Sacramento is part of Sacramento County, but West Sacramento is part of Yolo County. (Sacramento is the Sacramento County seat, while Woodland is the County seat for Yolo County.)
6. The Sacramento Zoo has been around since 1927. These days the zoo even has a blog. I took a couple of classes at the zoo back in the 1980s, though I didn’t get to spend the night like my friend did. I distinctly remember when they started moving from cages to the modern zoo enclosures. Curious about the “Little Zoo in the Park?” Why not check out their photo gallery.
7. The official hottest temperature on record for Sacramento is 115. The record was set back in June of 1961. That may be the official story, but I remember it being hotter than that. Perhaps it is just because they take their reading at someplace like the Capitol Building instead of the backyard of my childhood home.
8. Sacramento is home to six sports franchises: The Sacramento Kings (Basketball – NBA), Sacramento Monarchs (Basketball – WNBA), Sacramento Capitals (Tennis – WTT), The Rivercats (Baseball – Triple-A), California Storm (Soccer – WPSL), and The Sacramento Sirens (Football – IWFL).
These teams break down like this: 2 Men’s (Basketball, Baseball), 3 Women’s (Basketball, Soccer, Football) , 1 Mixed (Tennis). Edge: Women.
9. Every year on Memorial Day weekend, Sacramento hosts the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee. This year will be the 35th Jubilee on May 23-26. Sadly, I don’t see the Hot Frogs Jumpin’ Band on the schedule this year. But if you like any variety of Jazz, from Mainstream to Big Band, you’ll certainly enjoy this festival.
10. The coldest temperature on record for Sacramento is 18. I believe that. The record was set in December of 1990. That was the winter that all of the exposed pipes froze and burst. After that, suddenly all of the exposed piped were wrapped ever after. (1990 was quite the year of temperature extremes. The record for August heat was set at 109, April’s heat record became 93, and June’s record low was set at 41 all in that year.)
11. Sacramento is ground zero for Museums. The Crocker Art Museum, which is “the longest continuously operating art museum in the West,” and The California State Indian Museum are just two of them. In fact, there are so many museums in the area, there is a Sacramento Museum Guide Website.
12. Old Sacramento (or Old Sac as the locals call it) is a bit like a museum all on its own. It houses the California State Railroad Museum (which actually has a running train for you to ride if you like) and seemingly endless shops. If you want to get one of those old time-y photos taken, Old Sac is the place for you. (For the record, my Senior Ball was in Old Sac.)
13. It snows in Sacramento about once every ten years. This isn’t a scientific measure, just what I remember. One year there was enough snow in our front yard to make a sort of slushy snowman. We kept a bit of said slushman in the freezer for years afterwards.
* America the Beautiful (Database)
* California State Capitol Museum Website
* The Crocker Art Museum Website
* Discovery Park Website
* My Brain
* The Old Sacramento Website
* Sacramento County’s Official Website
* Sacramento Jazz Jubilee Website
* Sacramento River Official Website
* Sacramento Shakespeare Festival Website
* Sacramento Sports Commission
* The Sacramento Zoo Website
* Western Regional Climate Center Website