February 22, 2009

I have driven by the cemetary in Land Park daily.  I was always curious, but had never visited…until today!  First, let me clarify.  What appears to be a single, very large cemetary on the corner of Riverside Boulevard and Broadway is actually 3.  The furthest south is the Odd Fellows Lawn Cemetary. Then there is the Masonic Temple Cemetary.  And finally, the one furthest north that I could actually visit…the Sacramento Historic City Cemetary.  It might sound a bit odd, but it was very interesting.  Most of the people who died back in the 1800’s seemed to live to the ripe old age of 45ish.  There were too many babies.  Many headstones were so weathered that they really couldn’t be read anymore.  However, there were many that could be read, and I thought I would share a little of what they taught me.



John A. Sutter Jr. (1826-1897)
His father is famous in Sacramento history as the man who built Sutter’s Fort and established New Helvetia.  However, it was his son who, in 1848, planned and founded the City of Sacramento.  A disagreement between father and son over the development of Sacramento initiated John Jr. to leave and in 1897, he died in Acapulco, Mexico










Hardin Bigelow (1809 – 1850)
Bigelow arrived in San Francisco on the first ship to reach California from the East Coast.  This Mail Steamer brought with it miners to the Gold Fields.  Sacramento’s first levee system was built by Bigelow.  He also was Sacramento’s first elected mayor in 1850.





Newton Booth (1825-1892)
Booth was the ultimate statesman.  He was a lawyer, merchant and politician.  In 1862 he was elected State Senator, United States Senator in 1873.  Booth and Company was located on Front Street between J & K.










Old Wooden Headboard (Circa 1876)
Although wooden headboards numbered in the thousands, this is one of the very few that remain.  If you look closely, you can barely see the remains of carving.









Mark Hopkins (1815-1878)
Hopkins was a Forty-Niner, one of railroad’s legendary “big Four” and was the Treasurer of the Central Pacific Railroad.  This tomb dominates the cemetary, made with granite weighing 350 tons.  Hopkins died before this tomb was completed, so was buried in San Francisco in 1878 and then moved to this tomb in 1880.





Albert Maver Winn (1810 – 1883)
Winn was selected as President when he was elected to Sacramento’s first City Council in 1849.  In 1875 he founded the Native Sons of the Golden West.  This monument is the tallest in the cemetary.










William Stephen Hamilton (1797 – 1850)
William was the youngest son of Alexander Hamilton and the first Treasurer of the United States.  He came to California in 1849 and died here 1850.  Hamilton has the travel bug, dying in 1850, was exhumed in 1877 and again in 1889 and was buried three times in three different locations.










Captain Jamaes T. Homans USN (1805 – 1849)
Captain Homans was initially buried in Tier grounds in the front of the cemetary before being moved by his wife so his son and he could be close together.  This is the earliest known burial in the City Cemetary.  As you can see, it was broken in half at one time and has been repaired.










Historic Volunteer Firemen’s Plot and Bell
This memorial celebrates the fact that Sacramento has the honor of forming the first Volunteer Fire Company in California (1850).  These volunteers served until 1872, when a paid department was developed.  This bell you see here was cast in 1859 in Sheffield, England, came around the Horn and was placed in service in 1863.







Lastly, I found this memorial…a time capsule buried in 1988. I will let you know what is in it in 2088! Okay…maybe my grandchildren will let you know!


There are special places in this world that despite their age or maybe because of it, feel like home. Such is the atmosphere of College Cyclery in Sacramento’s Land Park.

This neighborhood icon has been calling Land Park and Curtis Park home since 1935.  The building was originally constructed as a Piggly Wiggly Market in 1921.  Safeway came into the picture, buying out Piggly Wiggly in 1927, continuing to operate it a a market until 1935.

Mr. Carol Melvin inspired the beginning of College Hardware and Cyclery in 1935.  A little after World War II, the hardware business was phased out to concentrate on the bicycle business, both in sales and repair.  Under Mr. Melvin’s ownership, College Cyclery had a great run until he finally retired in 1987.

Chuck and Lorene Meyer then took up the neighborhood shop and continued its great service and reputation until they sold it to their daughter and son-in-law, Allison and Terry Cox,  in 2006. 

College Cyclery has supported the enjoyment of cycling through several avenues.  They are working with  BIKESKILLS to promote and build cycling skills parks in the area. Through these efforts, they hope to give the community a place to practice biking in a safe environment.  In the same vein, they hold seminars on safe cycling and sponsor competitive youth BMX team racing at many American Bicycle Association events. 

From young to old, from experienced to the novice, College Cyclery has been our resource for many decades and we look forward to many more!


Some things have never changed, including the sputtering neon sign.  Bicycles have always been on display…the only changes are whatever is the current trend in cycling.






As you can see, there are plenty of display cases and bicycles EVERYWHERE!











Then there are a few attention getters…like this bicycle that took too long of rest between rides. A tree took a liking to it and grew completely around it! 

The photo below is of quite possibly the longest bicycle I have ever seen – do you see four seats and handlebars?








So, if you are ever in the Land Park or Curtis Park area, don’t miss this wonderful place.  If you want to learn more, their website is .

Fairytale Town is hosting an opportunity to give the gift that never stops giving!  They are creating a “yellow brick road” just outside of the entrance.  You can purchase a 9″ X 4.5″ brick for $100 and personalize it.  Each brick can take up to 3 lines with 15 spaces per line.  Now you can commemorate that grandchilds birth day, an anniversary, your parents…well you get the idea!  How cool is this?  To order your brick, you just e-mail or call 916 264 7462.  They are on their second release, the deadline being October 31st.

The Sacramento Bee just came out with a list of the “good, bad and ugly” ratings of Sacramento from every source you wouldn’t have thought of.  I found it funny and interesting, so thought I would share it with those who didn’t get a chance to see it.  I would love to share just the good, since I am a big Sacramento proponent, but that just wouldn’t be fair.  So, here goes…

2nd most athletic city – Men’s Fitness magazine    
1st American’s most diverse city – Time magazine   
1 of 4 most bluetooth sales in nation – NPD Group 
7th best for animal wellness-Animal Wellness Magazine
8th best to work, live & play – Kiplingers Personal Finance Magazine    
 9th greatest % of sunny days – USA Today            
15th best cities for singles – Forbes                       
19th happiest cities – Men’s Health                       
19th top golf cities – Golf Magazine                       
30th smartest cities – Business Journal  

4th worst city for debt – Menshealth Magazine
5th most foreclosures – Resource Center
7th worst for auto theft – National Insuranced Crime Bureau
8th worst city for road rage – Prince Market Research
8th worst for ozone levels – American Lung Association
6th worst cities for dating – AOL
10th worst for regrowing hair – Rogaine
50th worst for seasonal allergies – Asthma Allergy Foundation


Okay – so we are best for singles, but worst for dating…great, insecure and diverse people? You can golf, but you had better wear a mask…and we must exercise, because we are so athletic (they didn’t ask me!).  Thank goodness we have our bluetooth, otherwise how would we be able to get furious with the driver next to us?  We might lose our home or identity, but we always take care of our pets.  And through it all, we are happy while we work, live and play in one of the sunniest places in the nation!  Welcome to Sacramento!


And the answer in the article is yes!  The general consensus for the Sacramento region is that while we were the first to be hit with this market, we are also leading the way in recovering.  I have written several blogs that reflected my belief that in the stronger areas, we have stabilized.  It’s just nice to see someone else back me up! So, let’s hang on for the ride just a little longer.



August 1, 2008

The Land Park Community Association is going to speak with the city council regarding the disappearance of our geese.  Not only have the geese been disappearing, but it seems that people are fishing without a license and leaving lines and hooks that geese and ducks are getting injured in.  The association is also in contact with the Department of Fish and Game and will be adopting a resolution establishing an “Enforce the Law or Ban Fishing” policy in Land Park.


August 1, 2008

Do you have a favorite place in the park, but it needs a little TLC?  The Land Park Community Association is in the process of talking with park officials to compile a “Top 25” list of volunteering opportunities in Land Park. Here is your chance to give back to a park that gives Land Park and all of Sacamento so much!  I will keep you posted when the list is up!