This building on the right contained the Wells Fargo Museum and the Welcome Center to Old Town. Both worthy of a stop!
Most of the buildings had quaint shops on the ground floor and boardwalk sidewalks. I don't know what the upper floors were on most. We ate supper at a Mexican restaurant on Saturday evening that was on the 2nd floor of one of the building. Another interesting thing we learned was that when it was first founded, Sacramento would flood very badly every year. Not to be deterred, the city founders simply raised all the buildings, including the capitol building, 15 feet and put fill in under them! Quite the engineering feat today but this was well over 100 years ago and done with real horse power. Amazing! A few of the buildings (probably some of the last ones raised) had left their ground levels the same with a lower 'courtyard' effect and then built on more stories. At first that puzzled us until we found out the whole story.
Sunday morning we went to the California Train Museum located in one corner on the Sacramento River in Old Town. They say it is one of the premier train museums in the United States and after spending all morning here, I do believe it! Don't miss it if you are in Sacramento. And don't miss Old Town either!
There were wonderful displays of all sorts of early locomotives, including some Diesels.
A Victorian Passenger Coach. Isn't it beautiful!
They had an old sleeper couch from the 1940's with the old style pull down upper berths, and it moved and clacked as you walked through it. Very Realistic. This kitchen was in another coach, the dining coach and the man is a really a mannequin. They had a the different tables in the dining area set with a variety of samples of the different china they used to use on the various lines.
Did you know that trains carried our mail right up to the 1970's? They sorted the mail in the couches and this was a docent who was explaining how they did this to my Train Pal. I do remember when they elminated the "Air Mail" Class of postage. Apparently that was when they quit using the rails to move the mail. From thence on, it was ALL Airmail.
A display of several rail cars. One Mr and Mrs. Ronald Reagan had dined in when he was President. It was then the private home on the rails for a couple of wealthy people for a number of years. Very Rich paneling and amenities. They had tried to furbish it like the old President of the South Pacific had furbished his private rail car. I believe maybe that was Stanford?