Streets are paved with history
After I completed my interview with Phil Sexton of Capital District State Museums & Historic Parks for this week’s podcast about Old Sacramento (California), he walked me to my car and pointed out the spot where a toothbrush once hung from a chained post for everyone to use. We turned the corner and, gesturing to the building on the right, he said, “This used to be a bath house, where you paid to bathe in used bath water.” A little further, he pointed out the original California Supreme Court building.
The beauty of preserved historical buildings, combined with related information gleaned from dedicated researchers who scour ancient newspapers and letters, is that you can catch glimpses into the past of a city or town. I learned quite a bit about the history of the area now known as Old Sacramento and its national influence – Civil War generals, locomotives, Chinese railroad workers, and John Sutter of Gold Rush fame. Mark Twain even makes an appearance.
I hope this interview motivates you to learn more about your town.