Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Tour of Old Sacramento



We have toured Old Sacramento above ground and below ground. You got to hear many stories of our city's past. Some of the stories were comical while others showed important building blocks for the state capital.

For this piece of writing, tell the story you liked the best. Give a summary of the story so that someone who has never heard it will understand what happened. Then, explain why you liked that one the best. What about that story appealed to you? Explain, in depth, your reasons as to why you enjoyed that piece of our history.

Your audience is 3-5 graders who are studying the community, the state and the country. Write your post so that people in that age range will enjoy reading your information. As always, use good spelling and conventions, and leave no unanswered questions.

This would be a good blog for us to comment on. Hopefully, you write such good information that many people will respond to your post. Have fun telling about the crazy past of Sacramento!


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  1. My favorite story while touring old Sacramento was a story about a man named Nathaniel Dingley. Nathaniel dug a hole under his building and tapped into a pipe coming from a 200 pound tank of water on top of the Sacramento water works. For 40 years, Nathaniel Dingley stole water in order to make steam for the machines in his coffee shop. This is my favorite story because I think it’s incredible that he stole the water for 40 years, and he wasn’t caught.

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    1. Tommy I strongly agree with you when you said that it is incredible that Nathaniel Dingley stole water for 40 years and he was not caught.

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    2. The tank was 240 gallons which equaled 2,001.6 pounds of water on the roof.

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    3. how come the people didn't realize the drop in water pressure?

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  2. My favorite story was about Nathaniel Dingley. He dug an underground hole under his coffee shop, and into a 200 gallon water tank on top of the Sacramento water works. He stole the water so he could make steam. He made steam from the water and used the steam to work his coffee makers. He stole water for 40 years.
    This is my favorite story because it is a little bit humorous in that he stole all that water for 40 years and no one caught him, or even noticed him doing it . I also like the story because Nathaniel was very sly, and I am intrigued by sly people despite the fact that I can also be suspicious about sly people.

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    1. See my comment above about the size of the tank. He also tapped into the steam line from the river to the top of the building, not into the water tank. He actually stole steam, not water. Be sure you are accurate!

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    2. Oops! Sorry that I didn't put 240 gallons instead of 200 gallons.

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  3. My favorite story about Old Sacramento is about the man who shot another man who was trying to break up a fight while gambling. Everybody saw the man kill the person who was trying to break up the fight, so they all wanted to kill that man. Most of the town took a poll off of a building that helped hold up the building, and busted through the jailhouse and tried to kill the man that shot the man breaking up the fight, so the sheriff took him to a tree with a rope. That is my favorite Old Sacramento story.

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    1. This story has action about people who did not like a man who shot someone else. It is dramatic how the people who saw the man shoot the other man were eager to get rid of him. I also think it is cool how the people took a pole from a building and budged into the jail house! My favorite part is where the police have to take the man away from the mad people and hang him. This is my favorite story because it has drama and action.

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    2. That story always makes me wonder about life in 1850. I couldn't imagine 2000 angry people taking matters into their own hands and hanging the suspect.

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  4. Of all the stories we heard in Old Sacramento, my favorite was the one in which the Pony Express managed to get Abraham Lincoln’s speech across the country in only 8 days, despite much peril. This was a remarkable feat for the Pony Express, a mail delivery system that emphasized speed. To travel that fast on a horse, the riders had to wear tight clothes because loose clothes could catch in the wind and slow them down. Also, they didn’t strap the mochila (mail carrier) to their horse, because every 10-12 miles the horse got tired from riding so fast. The riders had to stop at a Pony Express station, get a new horse, and put the mochila on a new horse in less than 30 seconds. One of the riders delivering President Lincoln’s speech went through Indian Territory with guns a-blazing to protect himself from an attack. He got shot in the jaw and shoulder with arrows, but he still rode on and got the speech to the next station.

    I like this story because it shows perseverance and that hard work pays off. I am also very intrigued by the Pony Express. It is interesting that back in the old days, 12-14 days was an extremely fast speed to deliver mail, compared to the speed of information delivery today by computers. The story is very exciting because there is a lot of suspense involved, which keeps the listener on the edge of his seat. Also, without the Pony Express, Abe Lincoln’s speech wouldn’t have made it to California in time to convince California to join the Union side in the Civil War. Without the riders of the Pony Express, the Union might have lost the Civil War, and the United States might have split into two different countries.

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    1. Good job of retelling the story, Josh. You have done an excellent job of analyzing the information and creating great reasons for why you like the Pony Express story. Honestly, I like the stories of the Pony Express, too!

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    2. Great Blog Josh! I agree that the story you chose about delivering Abraham Lincoln's speech showed perseverance and hard work.

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    3. Your right Josh the story you picked does show perseverance.

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    4. Great blog Josh! You have a great amount of text with tons of excellent information! That one story sure did make a huge impact on our countries history!

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    5. Thank you all for posting such nice comments about my blog

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  5. Story:
    Once there was a woman who was cooking dinner for her children when she noticed that the water level was rising, so she grabbed theit dinner and her children and went to the nearest 3 story hotel. She took then to the 2nd story. She fed her kids dinner and put them to bed. The next morning when the father had arrived from work, the mother said to his husband since he had a boat he should go fishing and while he was doing that he should take people he saw to the hotel so they wouldn’t drown. While the father was gone the mother had to bring the children to the third story. So he did that. The mother made the fish into stews and soups and fed the people.
    Reasons why I liked it:
    I liked it because I think it is amazing that the water level raised so high that the family had to go to the 2nd story so they wouldn’t drown. Also because I think it is so cool that the family gave random strangers food and a place to stay.

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    1. I agree, it was thoughtful of the woman to help the "random strangers"

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    2. Never mind i am going to restart.

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    3. But, I scored this one already!

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    4. Wonderful blog Declan! I agree that this was a very considerate woman because she helped strangers survive the horrible days of the flood.

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  6. My favorite story from Old Sacramento is about Nathaniel Dingley and how he stole steam for forty years without being caught!

    Dingley used to tunnel under his coffee shop and come back up when he was under the water works building. He would tap into the steam line from the river leading to the top of the building. He would steal steam to make coffee. He didn’t want to pay or do the work so he took the risky option of stealing.

    In this story Dingley was very wily. That adds excitement that I like. I enjoy the shock of hearing somebody getting away with stealing steam for forty years. That was slightly crazy to me. This story shows how sly and crafty people can be.

    In conclusion I think it was amazing that Nathaniel Dingley was able to steal steam for forty years without being caught.

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    1. I agree Ana it was wily for Nathaniel Dingley to steal steam of forty years every day

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  7. Out of all the stories told while we were touring Old Sacramento, my favorite story was Nathaniel Dingley stealing every day for forty years without getting caught. This story was most interesting due to the fact that when I think about thieves I think about them stealing jewelry or other valuables, but Nathaniel Dingley stole steam. He needed steam to power the engines that would grind the coffee in the Nathaniel Dingley Steam Coffee & Spice Mill. He stole the steam by digging an underground tunnel from his factory and hooking into the line connecting the Sacramento water works building to the river. The line was being used to fill up the 240-pound tank on top of the water works building. Another thing I found intriguing about this story was that Nathaniel Dingley was not someone you would imagine would steal. He was a well-known businessman. I like this story because I think Nathaniel Dingley was creative to come up with this plan and very wily to steal for forty years without being caught.

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    1. I agree, he could have stole jewels or gold, but no...he stole something you wouldn't usually find a thief stealing: steam

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    2. Sorry i meant to say stolen, not stole

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    3. That's the craziness to this story: he stole STEAM! Who does that? Nathaniel Dingley, I guess!

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  8. My favorite story told to me during our field trip to Old Sacramento was "The Young Mother and Her Diary Entries." On December 30, 1861, a wise young mother was cooking dinner for her family. All of a sudden, she noticed her feet felt cold and damp. She looked down and there was water starting to rise. Knowing from past experience that a flood was probably occurring, the mother immediately grabbed her children along with their dinner and rapidly dashed out the door. The experienced lady then decided to go to the nearest hotel since these buildings had many floors. The family then settled into a room on the second floor. The next day, water was rising more and more every hour so the family was now on the third floor. Looking down from the window, the lady noticed a man in a boat saving people. She called out to him, and he called back. It was her husband who then told her he would try to catch a fish for dinner while he was rescuing people. The story was told that the rest of the painful days of the 1862 flood, this lady would help cook meals and help people survive. This story shows us how much courage and consideration can be shown by heroes during hard times.

    The reason why this was my favorite story out of all the Sacramento history stories I heard during our field trip at Old Sacramento was because I think lots of heroism, courage, and persistence was shown in this story despite lots of grief and hardships. I think this young heroine showed lots of hard work because no matter what happened, she kept her grit and perseverance. I know this lady tried her best to help not only her family, but others, survive the flood. This would still be my favorite story if the lady failed to succeed because I know she would not have given up.

    The 1862 flood was one of the most severe floods in Sacramento history. Natural disasters make it difficult to not only take care of your families but to take care of others as well, which is another reason why I admire this lady since she had the heart to do so. It was important to have a lot of character traits that this woman had because during this time period there were many hardships to face. Some of these hardships were disease, fires, and floods. Sacramento is at risk for flooding due to its location at the intersection of the American and Sacramento Rivers. During the floods, a lot of people tried to go to tall buildings and would lodge up there. Some people even moved to their roofs! After many floods, people started to put their houses and buildings on jacks in order to raise their companies and so when floods came the companies would be safe from the water. Many of the original buildings were left, and over time they got buried. Today, people can see the underground buildings that were left. Whenever I go down there, I can look up and appreciate how much the city has been raised.

    After the floods, determined and prideful people rebuilt and improved the city using technology. Sacramento would not have become the capital of California without resolute people like the young mother in the story.

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    1. Wow! Emelia great post! I like the summary of the story. I agree that heroism is defiantly shown as well as courage in this story.

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    2. Your blog is outstanding, Emelia! You have identified such incredible traits that the woman had and that you can appreciate her qualities as those of a heroine is sensational. I agree with all your reasons for liking this story. You have educated the readers of your post! Nice!

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    3. Emelia, that is an outstanding blog post with so much depth! I love how you told all those facts about the floods of Sacramento and your summary and reasons are exelent! Great job Emelia!

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  9. I like the story of the woman who wrote in a journal a long time ago. The story is that she and her family was having dinner with her husband and her children, she noticed that the house was flooding. In this time period people had to lift to lift stores and buildings and made the first floor the basement and the second floor the first and so on.

    Anyway, this lady was very kind. She told her husband before he went fishing for dinner to go help others that were floating in the water because of the flood. They lived on the second floor because of the water. She fed people that almost sunk in the terrible flood.

    I like this story from the terrible floods of California because I would wonder why help others survive the flood and may die of starvation and others would not help! Another reason is how hard working the woman was to help the many people she had taken care of! She was an amazing woman from California history.

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    1. I agree, she was very kind to help all of those people.

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    2. You raise a good point: how come some people help in disasters while others do not? How would you respond?

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    3. Maybe the people thought that they were to busy to help others because, they were trying to stay on their homes with their family or, they just did not care for the people who were drowning!

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    4. But, other people realized that if they could help people, then people should!

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  10. TABACCO JUICE



    Back when Sacramento was getting started, men chewed on tobacco, which made their mouths full of spit. Then they would spit into a spittoon (a wide mouth vase that is short). Often men’s spit missed the spittoon. The ladies didn’t like that! Women had dresses that dragged on the floor. That meant they were getting spit all over their clothes. That’s why people made a waiting area for the men, and separate a waiting area for the women at the pacific railroad.


    I liked this happening because of how disgusting it is. I think things that are disgusting, are interesting. It’s interesting to know why things are disgusting. It reminds me of how disgusting people were in the past. People usually only took a bath once a year, and that was often the only time they washed their one pair of clothes. It makes me glad to live at the time I’m at right now. I’m glad to have lots of clothing and my own shower. It makes me glad to be who I am because I don’t have those kind of problems.

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    1. I think people bathed more than once a year. Gold miners, who spent a great deal of time along the rivers, bathed roughly once a month because they didn't want to get in the icy river. However, people not in the gold rush bathed more frequently. By the time the Pacific Railroad was in Sacramento, the gold rush had ended and good bathing habits were in place!

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  11. At Old Sacramento my class was told stories. My favorite story was the one about Nathaniel Dingley. The story states that Nathaniel Dingley stole water from a 2,000,000,000 pound tank of water on the Sacramento River water tower. He used the water to create steam and used the steam to power his coffee machine. The crazy thing is that Nathaniel Dingley stole for 40 years and never got caught. The reason why I like the story is because it’s humorous to me when Nathaniel stole for 40 years and never got caught. I think that Nathaniel’s idea to steal was bad, but his plan was unique and creative. I also find it hard to believe that a tank full of water would be that heavy. Even though the Sacramento River flooded a lot this story states one good reason about living by a river. Anyone could get water when they needed it. This story tells that you can do anything if the plan is well thought through. I hoped you liked my blog post.

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    1. I agree...its amazing that he didn't get caught, but I thought that the tank was only 240 pounds.

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    2. Wait, it was 240 gallons which is about 2,000 pounds.

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    3. I agree that it was crazy that N. Dingley stole for 40 years and no one found out for a reaaaaaaly long time

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    4. Catie-you are right. The tank was 240 pounds which weighed about 2,000 pounds.

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    5. I like the lesson you stated, Zeta: if a plan is well thought out, you can accomplish pretty much anything!

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  12. My favorite story from our field trip to Old Sacramento is that Nathaniel Dingley stole steam for forty years and never got caught because it is amazing an unbelievable.

    Reasons:

    1. I liked it because he could have gotten caught when he was digging a tunnel underground and to me it felt sort of intense and I like intense things.

    2. Nathaniel Dingley could have been hanged if he got caught stealing the steam from the pipe leading to the water tank so it keeps the reader reading to see what happens next in the story.

    3. I always like hearing about wily people doing sly tricks. It would be adventurous to do an amazing trick to steal like Nathaniel Dingley did for his coffee shop.

    Summary:

    Nathaniel’s story is an amazing story unlike any other story that I have ever heard in my lifetime.

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    1. I doubt that he would have been hanged had he been caught. By that time, things had calmed down quite a bit in Sacramento, and the court system would have taken care of any crime. It is my understanding that he stopped stealing because he died. Some sources actually say that they cannot confirm he really stole the steam while others say he did. What do you think?

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  13. Of all the gold rush stories that I heard, my favorite was the one of Nathanial Dingley and his coffee shop. He dug an underground hole inside his shop and tapped into the steam line leading to the top of the waterworks building. The steam was used to run the coffee makers. Nobody found out about his little scheme for a great number of years. Because of this, Nathanial continued to steal the steam from the line for 40 years!!!

    I personally think that it’s amazing that Nathanial Dingley was smart enough to realize that he could get the steam using that strategy. It’s kind of funny that no one found out what he was doing until many, many years after he began the act. Humorous and astonishing stories tend to keep me interested in the topic. The story of Nathanial Dingley contains both of those concepts, making it my favorite Old Town Sacramento gold rush story.

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    1. Nice blog Catie! I agree that it was incredible that Nathanial Dingley stole steam for 40 years without being caught!

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  14. My favorite story had to be the one where the Vigilantes saw a man in a fight over gambling shoot and kill a man that tried to break up the fight. There were approximately 200 Vigilantes in the room who immediately took the man to the jailhouse. They then tore a pole off a building and used it as a battering ram to break down the door of the jailhouse. The sheriff was inside but there was nothing he could do! They finally grabbed a rope and hung the man. This is my favorite story because it explains what the Vigilantes did, plus, the part where they tear a pole off a building and use it as a battering ram is kind of crazy.

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    1. There were actually 2,000 angry people outside the jail. What's a sheriff to do in that situation?

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  15. My favorite story was when people raised the buildings.

    Why they raised the buildings:
    The people raised the buildings because there was constant flooding in Sacramento. At first the people tried to build levees to protect Sacramento from the overflowing rivers causing the floods. But the levees were too short to hold back all the water. The people decided to raise the buildings.
    How they raised the buildings:
    The people would dig out the dirt from under the buildings. They would put very thick sticks under the buildings. Then they would place the jacks under the buildings to raise. Everyone who was turning the jacks had to turn the jacks simultaneously to make sure when the building was finished and the dirt was put under the building wouldn`t be lopsided. Finally once the building was raised dirt and stone would be filled in under the building, the jacks would removed and the building was raised.
    Why I like this story:
    It amazes me how when the buildings were raised they didn`t collapse and become rubble. The people were able to raise the whole town. For one building it took 433 jacks to raise. Sometimes one person had to operate about 6 jacks at once.
    Why I don`t like this story:
    The people had to pay for their house, business, sidewalk and street in front of it to be raised. Sometimes in the middles of the sidewalk there would be a drop-off because the people couldn`t to have the building raised.
    The people are the people who lived in Sacramento at that time.

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    1. I agree with your favorite story of raising the buildings, Alexis. I can't believe that they could do that with the technology of the 1860s. Incredible! You summarized it very well. Would you like to work on that project?

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  16. Story:
    Once there was a woman who was cooking dinner for her children when she noticed that the water level was rising, so she grabbed their dinner and her children and went to the nearest 3 story hotel. She took them to the 2nd story. She fed her kids dinner and put them to bed. The next morning when the father had arrived from work, the mother said to her husband since he had a boat he should go fishing and take people he saw to the hotel so they wouldn’t drown. The father liked the idea so he did that. While the father was gone the mother had to bring the children to the third story. The mother took the fish from her husband and added it into stews and soups and fed the people. When the water level went down the family went back to their house and the other people did too.
    Reasons why I liked it:
    I liked it because I think it is amazing that the water level raised so high that the family had to go to the 3nd story so they wouldn’t drown. Also that the family gave random strangers food and a place to stay.

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  17. So much love for Nathaniel Dingley! Don't forget all the flooding stories, the fire, the bath house and the Pony Express! We saw where Theodore Judah planned the first railroad on the West Coast and learned about Folsom Potatoes. The Eagle Theatre was the first theatre in Sacramento, and it had a crazy story too. Don't forget about the ridiculous way the Delta King sat under water for a year and was stolen by a Sacramento lawyer. There are so many crazy stories of Old Sacramento!

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  18. My favorite story of Old Sacramento was about a man in the 1800's named Nathaniel Dingley and his steam powered coffee blender. He owned a coffee shop next to a water works. Nathaniel Dingley didn't have the water to power his blender, so he dug a hole down to the Water Work's pipes and stole water for his blender. For 40 years nobody knew he had stolen gallons of water from the Water Work's pipes!

    I think it is amazing how Nathaniel Dingley was smart enough dig a hole to the Water Work's pipes and steal water for 40 years. If Nathaniel Dingley was caught there would be no possible way to pay the Water Works back.This story is my favorite because it is funny, amazing and smart at the same time.

    If Nathaniel Dingely was caught, he obviously couldn't pay for what he had done, I think he would have become homeless.

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  19. My favorite story was about the problem during the preformance in the Eagle Theatre on January 4, 1850.
    The preformers were dancing and having a great time, the audience was also having a wonderful time. It was the first
    theater in town. Then a flood happened and water came into the building, so the audience pushed back a bit.
    The water didn't touch the stage, but more water filled the building. The preformers didn't even care that the building was flooding.
    The audience pushed to the back more,then more water came in and the audience couldn't push to the back anymore. The water was high enough that the water was on the stage, and the preformance
    was over. The preformers were done when the water got on the stage. The citizens were forced to leave because they were
    against the wall. The preformers also left. The Eagle Theatre was no longer in Sacromento because of that flood.

    Reasons:

    This is my favorite story because it is humorous.
    It was humorous to me due to the fact that it was the first theater in town,and the citizens were so excited it was the
    first preformance and when the theater was flooding, the citizens didn't care. The citizens just moved back. I also think this story is very crazy. It is very crazy because the preformers
    didn't stop the preformance when the whole building was flooding! The preformers didn't even care! This story shows
    determination because the preformers were determined not to delay this preformance, and the citizens were determined
    to stay in the theater.

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    1. I like that story too, Lauryn. People wanted live theatre so badly that they stayed through a flood! Crazy days in Sacramento!

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  20. I liked the story of how the general store, Lady Adams, survived the fire of 1852. It was interesting because most all of the other buildings burned down except Lady Adams. I think that the people who built Lady Adams did not want it to burn down in a fire. Lady Adams survived because it had three different layers of roof materials. One is sheet metal another is sand and the last one is brick. None of those items are flammable which means no fire got in through the roof. Also the building is brick. Brick is not flammable either. Fire did not get in through the building’s walls. The windows of it had metal shutters, the fire didn’t get through the windows. After the fire many people came to Lady Adams for goods. For a while Lady Adams got a lot of business. Their business dropped when the people rebuilt the town. I think that story was very interesting when it said how Lady Adams survived the fire.

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    1. I agree, Tavia. The builders of the Lady Adams' co show a paralell to the third pig in "The Three Little Pigs".

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    2. I like your parallel, John! The Lady Adams was well built, for sure!

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  21. My favorite story from Old Sacramento was when a man had to enter the governor's mansion on the second floor.

    One day Sacramento flooded because of a giant storm. It rained a lot and the rivers overflowed. People were using boats to get from place to place. A man had to go into a second floor window of the governor's mansion because the whole first floor was flooded.

    Eventually everyone raised their buildings. The citizens of Old Sacramento technically raised Sacramento.

    I like this story because it is kind of funny that they had to enter the second floor on a boat instead of entering the first floor. It is also funny because you don't usually enter a building on the second floor. If I lived in the gold rush era, I would be a little scared of entering a building on the second floor. If you fall, you might sink and drown. I can also picture what happened after the flood. Everything must have been soggy and damaged. But the picture that sticks in my head is climbing from a boat into a window.

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    1. That is a very interesting way to look at it, Kiran.

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    2. "The man" was governor Leland Stanford!

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  22. My favorite story was the one about how Nathaniel Dingly stole steam for forty years. I think it really amazing of how someone could steal that long without getting caught by the police or the water-works. I also liked the story of how the Lady Adams survived the fire of 1852. I think it was cool of how they put a layer of brick, then sand, and then metal on the outside.

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  23. I liked the story about the baths. I thought it was comical and very funny. In the early 1850’s to the late 1860’s, gold was a rush. It was very popular and very expensive. And it is still valuable today.
    Q: Why was having bath numbers 9, 19, or 29 bad?
    A: Miners usually didn’t take baths. They usually only took baths when ladies came to town. The reason was because ladies didn’t usually didn’t go mining with the husband. So ladies were popular when they came to town. The reason it was bad to get a bath number 9, 19, or 29, was because the bath takers only changed the water every 10 baths. So if you got the number 9, 19, or 29, it was bad because you would have had the last bath until the water was changed. But some miners thought it was good because other miners could have dropped gold flakes from their beard when they scrubbed it. So some miners could have gotten rich just from baths.

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    1. I think it's hilarious, too, that miners would have to pay to take a bath in nasty, dirty water. I think I'd wait until I could get a #1!

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  24. My favorite story was about Nathaniel Dingley stealing steam. He stole the steam and was never caught for forty years. He tapped into the steam pipes and the steam flowed out. The reason why he stole the steam is because he needed the steam for his coffee shop.

    I don't know why Nathaniel Dingley ever got caught for 40 years. Maybe I think that he never got caught because he dug underground. It was very hard to be caught stealing underground. There were no sensors or cameras in the 1800‘s so Nathaniel Dingley was never caught when nobody saw him.

    How did Nathaniel Dingley tap into the steam pipes and never get caught? I think it was because nobody knew that steam was flowing out of the pipes and going to Nathaniel Dingley’s shop. The sheriff didn’t even know that steam was flowing out of the pipes.

    That is why I like the story of Nathaniel Dingley stealing steam never being caught for forty years.

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  25. My favorite story of old Sacramento tour was the flood of 1862. The rain and the snow in the mountains melted into the river. People had to get to their homes on the roof or second floor, and they had to use boats to travel on the water. The water was very high, so people of old Sacramento tried to find a way to prevent flooding. A first solution was to build a levee. The water broke through the levee. The rain kept pouring down so the second solution was to move the river and this did not help. The city was still covered in blood. The last solution was raising the buildings, streets, and sidewalks of the city. The men that worked to lift the buildings made $8 dollars a day. The dirt of moving the river was used for putting between the empty spaces of the structures. Each day, the men could elevate a structure about half an inch. It took them twelve years to raise the whole city. The flood ended in 1874.

    The reasons that I liked this story was because the people of Old Sacramento were able to lift the buildings twelve feet up. Lifting your own property at that time would be very, very expensive! I couldn’t even pay for that. The hard work that was done there, it would take strength and seemed hard to do. I couldn’t imagine doing that! I was walking on the streets, looking at the buildings thinking about what they did back then, I really appreciated old Sacramento. The flood in1860s was my favorite story.

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    1. I like the story of raising the buildings, too. I can't believe that they could raised a whole city! The flood of '62 actuallly lasted about four months, so it ended in '62.

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  26. The best story I heard during my class field trip to Old Sacramento was the one about the man on the Pony Express that delivered Abraham Lincoln's speech.

    Summary: Abraham Lincoln delivered a speech about his intentions as a leader. This speech was very important and it had to be heard in Sacramento. A man named Pony Bob Haslam took the speech on the Pony Express. During his trip to Sacramento he went through Indian territory. The Indians did not like this so they shot many arrows at him. One arrow struck his jaw, another arrow impaled his shoulder. However, Pony Bob knew that he had to get Lincoln's speech to Sacramento. He kept on riding and stopped at the next station. He received got medical attention for his injuries and was off once more. When he arrived at Sacramento he gave the speech to the governor and all was well. Pony Bob Haslam returned home.

    Reasons: I enjoyed this story the most for several reasons. One of the reasons is because Pony Bob Haslam showed persistence. I like it when people show persistence because that tells me that person who is persisting truly cares about what he/she is doing. Another reason why I liked this story the most was because it was adventurous. I love stories with adventure because they make the journey through the story exciting. A third reason as to why I liked this story was because he showed heroism by continuing with his mission even with the severe injuries he suffered.

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    1. Great blog, Leina ! I agree with you when you said that adventurous stories are very exciting!

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    2. Your reasons are great-true life adventure was shown by the Pony Express every day. The tenacity that Pony Bob showed demonstrated just how badly the message needed to be delivered.

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  27. THE N. DINGLY COFFEE SHOP

    By Max Lambert

    In the 1800s in Sacramento, there was a coffee shop called “N. Dingly.” The shop was named after the owner, and his name was Nathaniel Dingly. N. Dingly used a steam-powered engine instead of grinding the coffee. How N. Dingly got the steam was from the water factory. N. Dingly went to the water factory by underground at night. He would steal steam from the water factory and take the steam into his steam-powered engine and steam the cocoa beans into coffee. No one knew that he stole steam for 40 years. One day he started to think really hard and stopped stealing steam because he knew that he would get caught and hanged. N. Dingly was a very popular coffee shop in the 1800s.

    LESSON
    If you ever consider stealing; first, stop and think about the consequences.

    REASONS
    These are reasons why people should like this story.
    1. If you really like going underground in a dark cave, then this is an adventure for you.
    2. This story is very smart because most gold miners would keep on going and soon get caught and hanged, but N. Dingly was smart and did the opposite.
    3. If you like to learn about technology in the 1800s, then this story has a good example of that.

    WHY I LIKE THIS STORY
    This has a lot of action and hard thinking in it and has a little bit of a technology example from the 1800s. I love action! Action makes everything more fun and exciting. I love the fact that N. Dingly was one of the really smart thieves during the gold rush. It is surprising that N. Dingly, although a thief, never got in trouble or hanged. This was very shocking to me. I love learning more about the gold rush, especially gold rush technology.

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    1. I doubt he would have been hanged had he been caught, especially since the era of the gold rush had ended. He didn't consider his actions and decide to stop; what I've read said he died.

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  28. In Old Sacramento I heard a lot of stories. All of these stories were very interesting but I liked one in particular. This story was about the Eagle Theater. The theater was performing when the town started to flood. So did all the buildings including the Eagle Theater. The people started getting up on the stage and thought that they would be safe. But the water would not stop rising, it would go on the stage. So after the flood the manager of the theater decided to move to a different town and sell the theater in Sacramento. I like this story because it shows what terrible things would happen because of a flood. When the town floods people and business could move out, people could die and get stuck on roofs. Because of that it is good to prevent floods. I also liked this story because it tells why people needed very strong and sturdy house, homes, and shops. The piece of the story that I thought was appealing was when the manager got so mad about his theater being flooded and the theater audience endangered that he had to move to a different, safer location.

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    1. Haha, this is great Emma! I like how the manager got mad too when the theater was being flooded.

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    2. You have good reasons for this story Emma. I like that story, too.

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  29. My favorite story was when a Pony Express rider rode to California with Abraham Lincoln's Inaugural Address in his saddle bag. The Pony Express rider was riding to California because California needed to know what the speech was about. The Pony Express rider got shot in the face with an arrow. It broke his jaw and knocked four teeth out. But he still didn't give up. So he rode passed the indians on his horse and got the Inaugural Address to another Pony Express rider. That rider then made it to California. That horse ride was 7 days and 6 hours long. It was known as the fastest Pony Express ride. When California read the speech they joined the North in the Civil War.


    I liked the story because I was impressed how the Pony Express rider did not give up from his broken jaw. I also liked this story because he went through very dangerous Indian territory and still survived. If I were him then I wouldn't have given up either. If the Pony Express rider did give up then he wouldn't have delivered it to California and California wouldn't have joined the Civil War. The Inaugural speech was one of the most important speeches in American history. Overall I think the Pony Express rider was vey lucky to survive.

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    1. I can't believe how much courage those riders had every day. They knew they were traveling in hostile territory, but their dedication and bravery overcame their fears. Would you have ridden for the Pony Express?

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    2. I think I would like to be a rider of the Pony Express because it seems fun. But, there is also a lot of danger invovled as well.

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    3. There certainly is a great deal of danger, but if you like adventure, I think that the Pony Express would get you plenty of it!

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  30. My favorite story I heard in Old Sacramento was about Nathaniel Dingley owning a coffee shop and he needed steam to make warm coffee. Since Nathaniel Dingley's shop was close to the waterworks building, he dug tunnels under his shop and dug until he was under the waterworks building. Then he stole steam by hooking into the waterworks line connecting the river. He did this for 40 years and no one ever saw him do it.

    This is my favorite story I heard at Old Sacramento because it was amazing that no one knew that he stole water for 40 years. Also, it is interesting that he was able to keep his tunnel a secret for 40 years!

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  31. My favorite story is the bath house. The reason I like that story is that if you had a bath house ending with a nine you would get it cleaned last. The bath houses only got cleaned once a month. You don't want to get your bath house cleaned last. It could get really dirty if you used it multiple times in a month. You would rather get a bath house number with a 1, 0, or 2 in the ones place. If you got a high number it would take a while before it would get cleaned.

    The bath house story was about getting a bath house number that ended with a nine was really bad. The story was also about the cleaning process, that it was bad to have a bath house number ending with a nine.

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    1. I think the story about the bath house is HILARIOUS! I agree with your post, Riley.

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    2. The baths were actually drained and redrawn every ten baths. That's why the 9s were bad to have when a bather got his number. Would you bathe in that bathhouse?

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  32. UPDATED REPOSTED
    My favorite story while touring old Sacramento was a story about a man named Nathaniel Dingley. Nathaniel dug a hole under his building and tapped into a pipe coming from a 200 pound tank of water on top of the Sacramento water works. For 40 years, Nathaniel Dingley stole water in order to make steam for the machines in his coffee shop. This is my favorite story because I think it’s incredible that he stole the water for 40 years, and he wasn’t caught. I also think it’s funny that people who thought they were just getting a cup of coffee were in a store owned by a robber! I think it’s crazy how the waterworks didn’t notice. Now what I want to know, is how anyone figured it out.

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  33. My favorite story in Old Sacramento is the story in which Nathaniel Dingley steals water from the Sacramento Waterworks building for 40 years to create steam to power his mill undetected.
    Why I like the story:

    #1: One thing I find interesting about this story is the fact that all those years, nobody
    asked Mr. Dingley how he powered his mill. I find that interesting because: in my opinion, after so many years of running a shop, I expected someone would come and asked how he powered his mill.


    #2: How Nathaniel Dingley was successful at not being caught for forty years I do not know, however the fact that he was not caught for four decades makes the story very intriguing.


    #3:Another thing I liked about this story
    is how Nathaniel Dingley was able to steal the water from the Old Sacramento Waterworks Building, turn that water into steam, use that steam to power his coffee mill, and sell coffee at his store, which was called Star Mill. That demonstrates using another person's material and turning around to make a nearly 100 percent profit.

    In conclusion, I like the story about Nathaniel Dingley because of many things.
    First, I like his use of wits and resources. Second,the way he avoided being caught for four decades appealed to me. Lastly, I like the fact that
    Mr. Dingley was able to steal water and turn it into profit.

    I am always open to questions and comments.

    By John F.


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    1. Great organization John! I agree that it was interesting that nobody asked Nathanial Dingley how he powered his mill for four decades!

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    2. It is an intriguing story. How could no one have noticed that?

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  34. STORY
    One story from Old Sacramento that I liked was about the Transcontinental Telegraph and the Pony Express. We learned that the Pony Express was dangerous, but fast for that time (1850s). With the Pony Express, it took 7 days to get a letter across the U.S. It also took a whole bunch of money. When the Transcontinental Telegraphs came out the Pony Express shut down because the Transcontinental Telegraphs only took 15-20 seconds to get a message across the country.
    REASONS
    I find it to be interesting that it went from 7 days to 15-20 seconds to get a message across the country. Also it went from riding horses to doing it with electricity which is a BIG technological advance (it was the world’s biggest technological advance). The people at that time must have been excited and shocked. It must have been a really interesting time for those people.

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    1. The Pony Express usually required 10-14 days to deliver mail. The telegraph required one minute to send that same message. Whereas the telegraph was a big advancement, it was the Transcontinental Railroad that was considered the world's biggest achievement at the time it was built.

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  35. I like how you used a lot of detail Lily! You also put in a lot of reasons why you liked the telegraph and the Pony Express.

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  36. I found it interesting that Nathaniel Dingley managed to steal steam for 40 years without being caught. He owned a store named Star Mill,which sold coffee, and used steam to make steam coffee that he
    sold at the Star Mill. Nathaniel Dingley got the steam by stealing steam from next store Where there was a water tank on top of the building. He got the steam by connecting a tunnel he dug to the heating
    system so that the steam would funnel into his shop. The way the water tank got its water was that the Sacramento River pushed some of its water to the water tank, which went through the heating system, and then the
    steam finally went through Nathaniel Dingley's tunnel, there the steam coffee was made. This process lasted for 40 years until he was caught in the act.

    I really liked this story because it shows how clever and sly Nathaniel Dingley was. At the time, it probably seemed impossible that he could steal steam from next store without them even noticing for 40 years! This story
    also appealed to me because it was just very entertaining to me to listen to a story about a criminal who sells steam coffee, i mean, what what kind of criminal gets to live an easy life while also stealing steam? At least,
    it seems funny to me how I imagine a guy in an apron selling coffee while also being a criminal.

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    1. He actually wasn't caught. What I have read is that he died. The city used a steam engine to power the water up to the top of the water works building. It was the steam for the engine that Dingley supposedly stole. I like the image of a criminal in an apron selling coffee!

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  37. My favorite story about Old Sacramento . . . so hard to decide. I think that the entire history of our city is amazing. I mean, how is a city raised 12 feet with the technology of the 1860s? I am so glad that they did raise it all because the city would still be flooding to this day had that not happened.

    Fires destroyed 90% of the city, but Sacramento came right back, with bricks! That Sacramento put 761 buildings back up in just three weeks is incredible.

    Cholera almost wiped out the town, but once again, Sacramento weathered that storm and bounced right back. The dedication of the doctors was admirable as not one of them left town; they all stayed to try to cure the citizens. However, some of them died. That took courage to stay when it would have been so easy to leave.

    The Pony Express came right out of Sacramento. The stories of those riders are truly adventurous. From Pony Bob getting shot in the mouth the shoulder while carrying Abraham Lincoln's speech to young Billy Tate getting shot by Native Americans but not before he took down 7 on his own, to the story of the riders who slept in the saddle- what a crazy way to move mail, but by far it was the fastest. The Pony Express improved communication for those who could afford it.

    Then, there are the ridiculous stories: getting ice from Alaska to send produce across the country, baths drained after ten people had used the water, and a lawyer stealing the Delta King, and people living on their roofs during floods . . . those are hilarious stories. Our city truly has had a colorful past, and learning about it has been so much fun. Telling young people about it since the early 90s has been even better. I hope you all enjoyed hearing the stories of California's capital city.

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    1. You have a great blog post Mr. LaMarr!

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    2. Thank you, Josh! I'm just trying to keep up with you!

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  38. Amazing blog Mr. LaMarr, In your paragraph about cholera I agree that the dedication of the doctors was admirable. Despite the grief and difficulty not one of the doctors left! I also agree that they showed a lot of persistence and courage to stay when they could have easily left.

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