Sacramento County, California

Sacramento County, a quadrangular shaped county, with an area of 968 square miles, is situated nearly in the geographical center of the state, of which its county seat, Sacramento, is the capital. The population was 34,390 in 1880, and is now about 47,000. Nearly the entire area of the county consists of rich valley lands, through which flow the Sacramento, American and Cosumnes rivers. The former stream, the largest in the state, is lined with extensive orchards, and the annual product of fruits is not excelled by any other county. The vineyards are constantly increasing in extent; the shipments of grain and hay are extensive. In 1889, 1,700 car loads of green fruit were shipped east from Sacramento City. The city of Sacramento, at the junction of the Sacramento and American rivers, has a population of 35,000; contains the state capitol, an imposing structure costing over $3,000,000, the Crocker Art Gallery, the new Roman Catholic Cathedral, and the shops of the Central Pacific Railroad Company, employing about 2,000 men. The trade of Sacramento amounts to $60,000,000 a year. Folsom, where the branch State Prison is located, is famed for its granite quarries. The assessed valuation of the county in 1889 was $34,460,174.


Source: California State Gazetteer and Business Directory 1890, Volume II, R. L. Polk & Company, 1890.

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