Some have said that the subject has been under review for a long time.  The first I heard about it was today.  There is a suggestion that the City Council is considering to move the Sacramento Zoo to the site of the old city dump.

Now, on the face of it, my instant reaction was “Oh No!”.  However, objectively considering a move such as this, I can understand the premise.  We have a wonderful small regional zoo.  It use to have elephants, hippos and lots of bears.  But that was decades ago.  The new thought for zoos is more humane treatment of the animals.  Put them in their appropriate surroundings.  Let a few share an area. This wasn’t done when the Sacramento Zoo was established.  We no longer have elephants or hippos.  The giraffes are in a smaller area than I imagine they would like.  I could go on about the small enclosures, but you get the idea.

By moving the Zoo, accomodations could be so much nicer.  Animals could act like they would in the wild.  This just isn’t possible in the limited space our present zoo has.  But maybe there could be some middle ground.  Maybe the larger animals could be in the new zoo.  Smaller animals could remain in the present spot and their enclosures made more spacious.  I would miss the zoo in the park, so this might be a good compromise. It will be interesting to see what happens.

 

No…I am not talking about your significant other!
Here is a chance to purchase a beautiful quilt and
support Sacramento’s Sutter Cancer Center….and
you only get this chance every three years!

All of the funds go to support breast cancer patient
treatment programs at the Center.  There are 450
quilts and textile art pieces currently on display at
the Sutter Cancer Center at 2800 L Street in
Sacramento.  You can bid on the items now through
November 1st.  The Center is open 7AM to 7PM.

There will also be a live auction on Saturday,
November 1st at 10AM. The silent auction will
begin closing at 1PM.

To view some of these quilts, go to
www.suttermedicalcenter.org/quiltauction.

Now is your chance to laze around this winter in style!

 

Before Target….before Gemco…there was Edmonds Field! And yet, even before it was named Edmonds Field after a Sacramento Union sports editor Dick Edmonds, it was known by many other names.

It was built in 1910 by Edward Kripp, majority owner of the Sacramento Senators and named after the Buffalo Brewing Company – Buffalo Park.

In 1920, Lew Moreing bought the club. He built a new field in 1922 and named the field Moreing Field. This field boasted a concrete and wooden grandstand and could seat 10,000 baseball fans in addition to those in the bleachers.

In 1935, Branch Rickey of the St. Louis Cardinals bought the franchise. It was renamed again, now known as Cardial Field and the team was renamed the Sacramento Solons. A 1938 storm damaged several portions of the structure. It was rebuilt for the 1939 season.

 

In 1944, a newspaper contest resulted in another renaming of the field. This time it was named after Abner Doubleday, being called Doubleday Field. This lasted only a year and in 1945 the field received its final name – Edmonds Field.

On July 11th, 1948 a fire almost totally destroyed the park. The Solons played the balance of the season on the road. Not to go quietly, the part was reconstructed one more time, almost entirely of concrete and opened for the 1949 baseball season.

The demise of Edmonds field occured when the Solons were sold to Hawaii in 1961. It was demolished in 1964.

The Solons were part of the Pacific Coast League. The team lost in the 1st round of playoffs in 1937 and were the Pacific Coast League Champs in 1938 and 1939 (although another report says they only won in 1942). In 1941 they lost in the league finals and again lost in the first round of the playoffs in 1943, 1945 & 1949.

Other team names in the years prior to being in Sacramento were the Tacoma Tigers, the Fresno Raisen Eaters (and I am not kidding!), San Francisco Missions and the Salt Lake Bees.

 

Now, I know this sounds like the latest extreme sport, but in reality, the Sacramento Baths was a destination for Sacramentans back in 1909. The community purchased stocks which ultimately paid for the construction of this amazing structure.  It lasted almost 50 years and was renamed the Land Park Plunge or Riverside Plunge.  When it was constructed, it was the only swimming bath within 50 miles of Sacramento.  The owners stated that it ws located on Sacramento’s only artesian well, going over 2500 feet deep.

 In an article in the Sacramento Union, the water was “highly mineralized carrying 600% less bacterioa than approved drinking water”. The natural temperatures of the water was 82 degrees. The pool was advertised as being emptied and cleaned each night.

The Riverside Baths were originally enclosed by a two story wooden structure, but due to a high level of deterioration, the structure was razed and in 1936, was part of a $20,000 improvement project.  The project was completed in 1937 and was touted as the most modern swimming resort in California.  It was no longer enclosed, but surrounded by an 8′ high concrete wall and 2 stucco buildings.  It also included a refreshment stand, a sunbathing deck and outdoor buffet from which waiters brought refreshments to umbrella shaded tables.

The baths were located at the end of the streetcar line on Riverside Boulevard between 11th and 12th Avenues.  B’nai Temple now stands where these wonderful baths once stood.

The photos are from the Sacramento Union , dated 9/25/08, excerpts taken from an article written by Lance Armstrong, a Sacramento Union writer

 

Many of us who habitually drive by California Middle School have been watching the saga of the dig, then the post and now the plywood leaning against the post. Well, I have the scoop for those who, as myself, were not in the know.

California Middle School’s PTA, much to their credit, have managed to raise a whopping $4500 towards a marquee type sign to go in front of the school. The goal is to share with the community the ongoing events and accomplishments of the school. However, due to limited funds, it was to be a fairly basic sign – a rectangular sign on top of a pipe.

Thanks to the efforts of LPCA, the Land Park Tour and Abraham Construction, the sign is going to be wonderfully in keeping with the history of the school, the flag post next to it and the neighborhood. It is going to be framed in brick. The base and cap are going to be the style of the base of the flag pole. This is a wonderful testament as to what can be done when a community pools their knowledge and funds.

Congrats to California Middle School! In 60 days, they will have a wonderful marquee sign!