Wednesday, April 30, 2008

O is for Old Sacramento on ABC Wednesday



This 1927 riverboat sits on the Sacramento River and was converted into a floating hotel with 44 rooms, restaurant, and a theatre. After falling into disrepair in the 1980's, it had actually sunk into San Francisco Bay until it was towed to Old Sacramento for a $9 Million restoration. Click here for more historical facts about this boat.


One of the 53 old buildings that are still standing in Old Sacramento since the Gold Rush days of the 1840's. Click here for more history.


The horse carriages you see around town are a novelty and used to shuttle visitors around the few blocks of Old Sacramento.


I happened to visit Old Sacramento during their "Living History" celebration where volunteers would dress up in 1800's period costumes and reenact those good old days. This woman was cooking what looked like beef stew and biscuits while I talked to her husband about digital cameras.


This is the town blacksmith and cobbler.


For more ABC Wednesday photos, go to Mrs. Nesbitt's blog.

- AV

30 comments:

Ida said...

Great O post! :)
Makes me want to visit ! :)

Ida

Blue said...

Really enjoyed the photo tour around the old town.

Ackworth Born said...

"This woman was cooking what looked like beef stew and biscuits while I talked to her husband about digital camera"

hehe - I love it!

david mcmahon said...

Okay, I;m a sucker for history - but this is a great depiction!

Picturing of Life said...

Love your O post. With the history behind it :D

Will you visit mine Thanks

imac said...

Great shot and story.

Please fly over to visit my O.Post.

RuneE said...

I fell for that ship at once. We have one or two small wheel drive ships left in Norway, but we have never had any of that size.

Judy said...

This is one place I've always wanted to go. Thanks for sharing.

Neva said...

I will have to make sure I get there....the paddle boat is very nice....your post is great with the history!
Neva's ABC
Neva's ABC2

dot said...

The riverboat is a beauty. I've always wondered how they got the biscuits browned on an open fire like that. Bet it all had a wonderful flavor.
Very good shots!

Dirty Knees said...

History is so interesting when it's part of a festival. Fun post!

mrsnesbitt said...

Love the idea of the dressing up! How fascinating!

Petunia said...

History is always great:) Love this post and photos!

NYCindividual said...

Makes me homesick!

NYCindividual said...

Have you ever been to Jamestown, Sonora, or Colombia? They've got a lot of history there too.

Pernille's ting og tang said...

Yes Lucky wanted to take a swim;) And my daugther had a very fun time! But it was to cold for me;)

You have wonderful photos to day and very nice choice for the letter O. Love it:)

No I have seen a litle bit of Sacramento. Thank you for sharing this wonderful photos:)

Have fun:)

ellen b said...

Oh man! all I ever do is drive through Sacramento on the way to Seattle and on the way to L.A. I really need to stop over sometime and check out old town...

John said...

What a great compilation of photos here. Great O post.

leslie said...

This is really interesting. The last time I was "in" Sacramento was when I was about 12 years old and we drove through on our way to Disneyland. A fascinating place to visit, and I'll remember it. :D

Sharon said...

This is just the kind of place I like to visit. Thanks for the info, pictuers and great links!

Alan said...

Nice post. As much as we hear about modern California in the news out East it is easy to forget about its long history sometimes.

Katney said...

Old Sacramento looks like another must see. So many fascinating places to add to my bucket list.

Lynette said...

Great ABC Wednesday post. I especially enjoy living history exhibits.

Lilli & Nevada said...

You know i have been to Sacramento several times and even this last trip we have never stopped there. I know if i ever go that way again i am going to stop and see it.

Now for the Banneck National Park town. its interesting but we found one better and its called Virginia City in Montana. Much better than the one in Nevada.
Here is there website. http://www.virginiacitymt.com/
When we went they had already closed up so one day i would love to go when the whole thing is open not more than a mile away is the town of Nevada City fantastic place but also closed,, we looked in the windows and oh my gosh a deifinite place to go There last weekend of being open is Labor Day weekend.

kRiZ cPEc said...

thanks for sharing, I love the woman cooking shot.

Lara said...

these festivals are great!

Kjerstis Hjørne said...

I love the old buildings on your o-post.

kml said...

What a lot of history! Sounds like a great place to visit!

photowannabe said...

Love old Sacramento and all the living history things. I need to get back there again. Its just one photo op after another.
Perfect O post.

AVCR8TEUR said...

Thank you everyone for your comments. I'm glad to hear you like the photos and history lesson. If I missed visiting your O posts, I hope to get to it soon.