Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Sacramento's History



After your tours of Old Sacramento, both above and below ground, what do you think of our state capital's history? You had the opportunity to hear many stories, some of which were crazy! Think of all the stories you heard, and then, state your big idea of what you think about Sacramento's history. Once you have stated your big idea, supply several ideas from the tours along with your own thinking to fully explain what you think of our city's history. You can create any big idea you would like; the key is to support that idea with a variety of reasons and your thoughts. Be sure to have a strong conclusion at the end that will restate your big idea, but don't use the same wording.

Be sure you check your document for good spelling and conventions. Be creative in your wording so that your reader wants to keep reading. Make the ideas exciting and really strive to bring the history of Sacramento to life for the readers of the blog. Not many people know what you now know about Sacramento's history, so teach our readers from all over the world about the beginning years of California's capital city!

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  1. I wonder if the 5th graders(the 4th graders before us)still read these???

    So sad the blogs are going to end this year:( One last goodbye Blogosphere! :(

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    1. They do sometimes! New blogs will end this year, but the site will remain up until I delete it, and I don't plan on doing that at the end of the year. So, you can keep on coming in and commenting!

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    2. Yay, my hopes have been fulfilled.

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    3. Thats good that your hopes have been fulfilled Jake

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  2. I agree with Aiden!:(

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  3. Sometimes, I wonder if other students from all around the world come and read these and plagiarize them? If some do then I wonder if the teacher goes here and see's if any students copied the blogs.

    I hope all students never plagiarize

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  4. Oopsies. Messed up. It is Grant

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    1. Interesting point, Grant. I sure hope not. Some of these blogs from over all the years are definitely great and I can see where someone might want to use them as their own. I caught one student plagiarizing from his own classmate a few years back. I also caught someone plagiarizing an article from the Internet to use as his own. That's an easy one to catch! Why plagiarize? Blogs are where people get to say whatever she or he wants on the given topic! Everyone has ideas-this is the place to say them! I agree with you-I hope students never plagiarize.

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    2. yea. NO PLAGIARIZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    3. Aiden's right no one should plagiarze from this page

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  5. Definitely! What good is it to use other people's ideas? Much better to use your own. That's the whole point of the blogs! It really brings out new thoughts. Why else would we even do this blogging??

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    1. Definitely! What good is it to use other people's ideas? Much better to use your own. That's the whole point of the blogs! It really brings out new thoughts. Why else would we even do this blogging??

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    2. Tate you pretty much just copied what I wrote!

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    3. I think that was his point! He, um, plagiar . . . well, you know! That is a paradox!

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    4. Great conversation going here!

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  6. A person from Yangon, Rangoon visited, that's cool.

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    1. Yah,pretty cool.For some reason,Russia loves blogs?????

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    2. I don't even know that was a place until now. :)

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    3. The blog teaches geography, too. Did you go look for it on a map?

      https://www.lonelyplanet.com/maps/asia/myanmar/

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  7. Sacramento’s 19th century history!

    Sacramento’s history is unique, odd, and amazing. One example of how odd Sacramento’s history is that Sacramento had a huge flood and Sacramento also had a huge fire in only one year! When the city was on fire, companies fought over who would put out the fire while the whole city was in flames! Also Sacramento’s whole city was lifted just by jacks, and sometimes 250 jacks were needed to lift one building! When the city was flooding, costs of boats skyrocketed by a lot. Also, when the first theater in Sacramento, the Eagle theater, flooded, people who were watching the play kept watching the play and did not care about the water that was up to their ankles! At one point, Sacramento was so flooded that the governor of California had to use a boat to get through the second story window of his house because the whole first floor was covered in water, which is pretty bizarre! With all the disasters that happened in Sacramento, only a few buildings are still standing that have not been reconstructed before. Because the city got lifted, there was an underground part of building that now people use as a tour, and it was unusual. There were a lot of cool artifacts like a chair where you got your tooth pulled out or a brick that was broken in half.


    The fire destroyed many buildings because people did not know they had to use metal shutters and bricks to keep their buildings standing. Also when so many people came to Sacramento, the prices of everything skyrocketed. For example, medicine pills costed ten dollars, which is three hundred dollars in modern days, which is absurd! Also just drops of medicine were one dollar, which is thirty dollars in modern days! Bread and butter could be two dollars, which is sixty dollars in today’s money! For a period of time, in all of Sacramento there was only one grocery store in Sacramento, and they overpriced everything, but since it was the only grocery store in Sacramento, people would have to buy the overpriced items. The reason there was only one grocery store in Sacramento is because on top of the grocery store, they would have a guy who waves red flags to any ship that was coming in because the grocery store was right next to the American River. Then, since the grocery store had a lot of money, the guy would buy all the food on the ship and put it in the grocery store and sell it.

    I think Sacramento has a lot of crazy stories that are really unusual. Sacramento’s history also had a lot of things that don’t usually happen in other cities like the whole city getting lifted.



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    1. Good coverage of the floods and fires, Henry. I agree that our city's history is unusual, and uncovering the stories is what makes reading history fun for me. I hope you enjoyed the stories of Old Sacramento!

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    2. Nice blog work Henry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (too many exlamation points)

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    3. I think I commented on your blog twice. Well your blog is good so I'll comment on it twice! Oh and the comment above was mine by the way.:)

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    4. Good ideas goin' there!

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    5. It is funny that the governor had to use a boat to get through the second story window because the first floor was flooded! Great job on your blog!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. I like how detailed your blog is! I also like how you didn't use the same words over and over. Great job Henry!!!!

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  9. Sacramento’s early history was weird. If someone got the bath numbers nine, nineteen, or twenty-nine, nine other dirty people had bathed in that water (bath water got changed every ten people). That is not sanitary at all. Someone might have gotten cholera somewhere else, bathed in some water, coughed into the water, spread the virus, then another person could bathe, get the virus on his hands, pick up some food, get the virus on the food, and eat it. BAM! He gets cholera.
    Why didn’t they clean the water after every bath? There is a river a block away! It is not hard to build a pump that connects to the river and a drain that goes back into the river! It’s weird that they didn’t do that.
    At the People’s Market, medicine cost ten dollars for ONE pill, and a single drop of liquid medicine cost a dollar. It’s weird the owners of the People’s Market would take advantage of people getting cholera. That is REALLY unethical. A lot of people needed medicine in 1850 to treat cholera.
    Ten dollars in 1850 equals three HUNDRED dollars today, and one dollar then is thirty dollars today. Even now, ten dollars per pill is way overpriced, and one dollar per drop is overpriced, too. People didn’t have that amount of money in the California Gold Rush. They should have thought about others; not just themselves. Plus, they could have gotten cholera if they didn’t lower the medicine prices and stop people from getting cholera.
    It’s weird that a guy named Nathaniel Dingley stole STEAM for forty years for his coffee shop off the water tank that sat on top of the waterworks building. That’s just crazy!
    It’s interesting how they raised the city TWELVE FEET, and how the Lady Adams Co building survived the fire of 1852 because it had metal shutters that closed and the building was brick. Also its roof was brick, sand and sheet metal.
    The Eagle Theatre was in the middle of a performance on January 4, 1850 when it flooded and the show kept going! As they say: the show must go on.
    I learned a lot about Sacramento’s history, and I had fun learning weird and interesting facts about Sacramento.

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    1. You touched on many topics, Tate, and you explained some of your own thoughts well. Medicine prices were ridiculous then, but unfortunately, similar to today. I agree with you about Nathaniel Dingley and the theft of steam for 40 years! How did no one catch him? Good job of writing about many facets of the trip.

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    2. Good job Tate! Your blog has a lot of cool thoughts.

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    3. This blog is very detailed and exact. You did excellent!!!!!!!!!

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  10. “SACRAMENTO FIELD TRIP”

    I think Sacramento is a brave, and tough city. Sacramento has been through floods, and fires, yet it is still standing! Cholera was a big disease that killed a lot of people in Sacramento, people got it from drinking out of dirty puddles that contained bacteria which most people didn't survive. A flood happened in Sacramento, but that didn't stop Sacramento did it, no we raised the sidewalks and the houses so the buildings didn't get ruined. In 1852 there was a big fire, it burnt down houses and buildings. I hope your not thinking that stopped Sacramento because it didn't, Sacramento got smart and built more buildings but out of bricks so fire couldn't tear them down. Sacramento can get a little gross too, like people did not want to get a nine in their number when they went to the bathing house, because that's the water eight other people have already gone in. Sacramento has it's gross parts, but it also has a lot of things to be proud of. Everything Sacramento has done includes bad things, but in the end hasn’t Sacramento done a lot of brave and good things.

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    1. Good way of showing Sacramento's perseverance, Carissa! The city certainly had it challenges, and you have addressed them well. The bath house situation is gross!

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    2. You gave many interesting facts about Sacramento. You did a tremendous job, Carissa!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  11. I think the history of Sacramento is very interesting, in many ways.
    For instance, a reason to be interested in Sacramento's history is the fact that, the people of Sacramento actually used oil lit lamps that could cause big fires, and very coincidentally, they did. Also, Sacramento literally lifted the city 6 feet off the ground to prevent flood damage, and Harden Bigalow also built barriers around the city called levees to hold back water. At bathing places, they only changed the water every ten baths so having a high number in the ones place was bad. Fire station #3’s motto was, “Always ready” which was kinda funny because they should always be ready. It was also absurd that John Sutter, who owned a fort, slept at the Ebner Hotel. It is very funny that, when there are women around, men still spit their tobacco, and sometimes miss the spittoon, after all it’s called a spittoon for a reason. When men missed the spittoon they hit womens’ dresses and got them dirty. I genuinely think that, when people say history is great I am going to tell them all of Sacramento’s history because it is weird and cool.

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    1. The spittoons are nasty even if the men make their "shots." Missing and getting tobacco juice all over the lady's dresses is worse! You have a good variety of ideas, Jake. The city was actually raised 12 feet when the process was done-even more than 6!

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    2. Very nicely written, Jake!

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    3. There are some great ideas there!

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    4. I like the ending sentence! It wraps the piece up. Well done, Jake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  12. I think Old Sacramento didn’t have a very pleasing past. I think this because there were many floods. During these torrents people stayed on their roofs. Some people died because people wouldn’t let other folks in their boats unless they had money. People also got stuck on roofs because other people didn’t help them.
    There was also a fire that destroyed all but a few buildings. The buildings that survived were brick and usually had metal shutters. Multiple people died from the blaze. Some buildings burned to ashes while fire departments fought over who would put out the fire.
    At one point there were many diseases such as cholera. This caused lots of people to leave the city.The few people that stayed were doctors. The reason they stayed was to find a cure for cholera because they didn’t already have one. Also there were squatters that were taking other people’s land. Part of the reason this was a problem was because people would get into shootouts. Those are the events that I think aren’t very pleasant in the history of Sacramento.

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    1. Good summary of the events you mentioned, Zach. Your details support your main idea. What do you think of those events? I'd love to read more of your thoughts since you picked such interesting facts to discuss.

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    2. I like how you went deeply into cholera and described what this disease could do to people. Nicely written!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  13. Old Sacramento Visitation
    Back in the 1800’s our citizens did some strange stunts. I think back then we were losing sanity.. From disrimanation, to stealing steam, our state was different.

    The citizens had to build a levee. I thought that was smart, until the levee broke. Then the citizens had a bright idea! They would rise the entire CITY! At first they rose the city by five feet. Little by little the rose the city to a total of six feet! Not only did they rise the city, they moved the river!
    There was a bathhouse, which at first seems like a good thing, but it’s not… If anyone got a nine in there number for baths, a miner would have to wash himself in sediment. Imagine a bath with a lot of sand and dirt. One thing that was questionable was killing their own race. Imagine if a bird stole a twig. Imagine, if the other bird killed the other bird. At some point all the birds did that. People were entertained when people hanged. There was unfair trials, and brutal deaths. All because of stealing an object or a horse. If only they knew that different colors on people doesn't mean that they have different insides.
    There was a grocery store, a theatre, a coffee shop, and more. I thought these places looked cool. I like stage plays. They speak more than movies. The man who ran the coffee shop stole steam for forty years. His name was Nathaniel Dingley.
    There was something called the big four.

    In the end, I don’t the Sacramento was that sane. But today it's the place I would wanna be!

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    1. Our city's early years did indeed have some strange stunts. But, there was always a good reason for them, I suppose!

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    2. The introduction paragraph is a great hook and wants the reader to keep reading your blog! Great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  14. Old Sacramento’s history is amusing and entertaining. Its history and facts and are likable and gratifying. Listening to Old Sacramento’s enjoyable history was worth every minute I heard.

    I think it is absurd that raising the buildings and sidewalks were necessities, and time in jail could be given to anyone who could not afford to raise their building’s sidewalk. People should not be arrested for not having enough money to raise sidewalks. Someone might not have much business, so they cannot muster up a lot of money. It is odd that someone would have to raise their building's sidewalk in the first place, but it is because of a flood. I can see the reason why time in prison might be given out to people who didn't raise their sidewalks, as the building would not be accessible without raised sidewalks, but it seems unreasonable that jail time could be given out for not being able to afford too.

    It is quite laughable that Nathaniel Dingley, a coffee merchant, stole steam and managed to get away with it for 40 whole years. It seems goofy to go through the effort of stealing steam for coffee, especially in the 1800s, but the fact that Nathaniel did so and got away with it for 40 years is almost unheard of. So much trouble would have to be gone through to acquire the materials and tools needed to steal steam, so it would be more trouble than it was worth in my opinion.

    It is very nonsensical, in my opinion, that firefighters would fight over who puts out a certain fire. I think that both fire companies should just put out the fire and leave without fighting over who puts the fire out. Valuable time could be wasted arguing over a fire when that time could be used to actually put out the fire. An argument should not be able to stop someone whose job it is to put out fires from saving something or someone from burning. A quarrel over who should put out a fire is very illogical. It wastes time and arguing causes the building to burn to smithereens since no one is putting out the fire. Both firefighters could just put out the same fire together, or they could just put out different fires. It is very ridiculous to fight over who will put out a fire, even though both can put out the same fire.

    Old Sacramento’s history was breathtakingly fantastic. Its facts and history of the wacky things that happened were worth hearing for every minute of the tour.

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    1. You used so many vocabulary words to describe the scenes in your blog which makes this piece even better! You wrote a fantastic blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. This is great, Jeremiah! I enjoyed reading your ideas about our city's early history. Your facts are well chosen, and you ideas about those facts are well written. I agree that our history is fantastic! I'm glad you enjoyed the stories.

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  16. My Thoughts on the History of Old Sacramento

    Just the buildings in Old Sacramento amazed me. They were so old and fancy! The history of the city was incredible. I had a good laugh at the foolishness of this place in the olden times. It was absurd! People just let citizens become firefighters just like that! Many of the buildings, like the Lady Adams Co., were destroyed in natural disasters but then rebuilt again! This was another absurd piece of the history. Some buildings were still standing from the 1800s, like the Lady Adams Co. I thought about this, and I think the technology back then was in a way just as good as ours today. If the buildings hadn’t been strong or sturdy enough, they would have crumbled long ago in the early 20th century.
    Then we got to the Delta King, which had sailed between Sacramento and San Francisco. The Delta King was fabulous! My sister had performed piano on board one time, but I had completely forgotten. I looked at it in awe. How could anyone build something like that? But now, I felt lucky having seen, and long ago been on, the Delta King. The ship had sunk and had been brought up again; but it had still survived. To me, this is amazing, since probably very rarely does a ship ever survive this kind of incident. It was huge; in fact, more than huge, enormous, gigantic!
    The food expenses in the 1800s, I think were far overpriced. One medical pill cost $10! That was worth $30 in money today! Even one drop of medicine cost $1, or $30 in modern money! That seems to be far too much money.
    There are many humorous pieces to our old capital’s history too. The granite stones on the street were nicknamed “Folsom Potatoes”! They did look a lot like the potatoes we eat today, but potatoes aren’t exactly defined as “pretty”. These stones on the other hand, were quite stylish. Another piece of humor is of the Eagle Theater, which has been rebuilt out of ships’ sails’ cloth, and is now currently standing in our old city. The first Eagle Theater had a flood come to it in the mid 1800s. Do you think the audience and the actors evacuated? No way! They just kept on going on as if everything was all right. When the water rose, the audience just moved higher. Finally, the show had to be discontinued when the water flooded the stage. Another time, a mayor was forced onto his 2nd floor when the flood waters got too high. His 1st floor became his basement! Overall, Old Sacramento was, to me, probably one of the greatest wonders and bewilderments of California.

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    1. Great job, Aiden! I like your wording and the ideas you expressed. The tone of this matches the big idea that you are proving. I fully agree with your conclusion sentence: our city's history is a bewilderment! Good choice of words.

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  17. I think the stories told on the tour about the city of Sacramento were very unusual in their own individual way. I think the stories sounded crazy because it seemed like people couldn’t even do the things as the story was told. It really sounded ridiculous. But, I still enjoyed the weird, strange, and bizarre things that people did back in the 1800's. Pony Bob Haslam was chased by Native Americans, got shot with an arrow in his mouth, and five of his teeth were knocked out. Pony Bob then got an arrow to the shoulder, but that still didn’t stop Pony Bob; he still rode on to the next station. People asked him to rest, but he all he wanted was a rag for his jaw and for someone to get the arrow out of his shoulder so he could keep riding to his next destination.

    Another interesting story was about a man named Newton Booth. Newton Booth had a store that sold goods, food, and supplies. He sent his men to the top of the roof to see if there were any trading ships coming. Then, the men could signal the crew on board to see what goods the ship had, and what the ship would charge the shop. He would always buy the stock before all the other merchants. So, Newton Booth could charge whatever he wanted to charge even though the other mercantiles or shops would most likely charge the same price for an item. This caught my attention because normally you wait to get your goods, but he got the goods before anyone else and was able to make more money. The story was amazing because this could happen even in today’s times.

    The later history of Old Sacramento was very interesting and kind-of unbelievable. The city burnt down, flooded, and almost became deserted because cholera swept through the city. Of course this happened in the same few years, but I really think this is unbelievable because I would have never thought that a city would come back from a fire, a flood, and a cholera outbreak. The city burnt down to the ground because the buildings were made of wood. So while the building was burning down to the ground, the firefighters were arguing. They were fighting because the fire station that put out the fire would have been mentioned in the newspaper. They didn’t get paid so being mentioned in the paper was their type of reward. They were basically volunteers. Each station had their own motto. Station number 3’s motto was “Always ready”. The city finally got a fire department that got paid with real money so that there was less competition. I think that the city of Sacramento should have had paid firefighters because the volunteer firefighters actually caused more damage. The volunteer firefighters were fighting to get on the bridges which caused damage and destruction to the bridges. After that, the volunteer teams continued to argue and fight about who would put out the fire so the building continued to burn while they fought. It would have been better if the state legislature just got paid firefighters in the first place. The history of the city is totally strange and astonishing.

    I think the prices in the old times of the city were ridiculous. In Sacramento, a pill cost ten dollars. That is totally ridiculous. A pill today is cheaper than that in the 1800’s. That is so bizarre that things cost more in the past than now. I think the prices are absurd, ridiculous, and wacky.

    The history and stories of old Sacramento were really absurd and crazy but, it is an entertaining way of learning the history of old Sacramento.

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    1. You have a lot of different topics here, Anson. Good coverage of those ideas. I am glad you were entertained during the tour. The ideas of our city's history are a little crazy!

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    2. You have very good grammar and great analysis of a mix of opinion and story, Anson.

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  18. I think California’s history is crazy. Nathaniel Dingley stole steam for 40 years, and I mean how do you steal steam, that’s just absurd. He used a machine to suck steam out of a tank so he could use it for his own business. The strange part is, nobody knew he was stealing steam which is weird because the people who were losing steam should’ve noticed they were losing steam.



    California had a cholera epidemic, a fire, a flood, and squatter riots in the same year and didn’t get abandoned and later it became a state! If there were so many disasters in one state I would probably move to another state. Most of the doctors left because of the cholera. Sixty-six people a day were dying just because of cholera. No doctors new how to get cholera or cure it. When California caught fire, 85%-90% of the city burned down. When California flooded, the cost of boats skyrocketed. If you were stuck in water and didn’t have a boat and you asked for help, someone would ask you for money and if you didn’t pay they wouldn’t help you; usually. That’s just plain out mean. There were squatter riots so people would go on other peoples land, shoot whoever's land it was, and take their land. Those are are the craziest stories in California’s early years.

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    1. The year of 1850 was a wild one in Sacramento, that's for sure. It is surprising that the city was able to survive and become our state's capital. Good summary of some of the crazy days of Sacramento, Josh.

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  20. I think the history of Sacramento in the 1800’s is very absurd, weird, and odd.There are many crazy stories about it. I think these stories are funny and intriguing. People don’t do these kinds of things nowadays and it is amusing to hear what people were like back in the 1800’s. It’s interesting to know the weird things that people did in Sacramento at the time when it was becoming the state capital.



    There are many peculiar and unnecessary stories that contribute to how Sacramento became a state capital. One of the stories is about a building catching on fire, leading to a school burning down.Two fire departments were arguing over who would put the fire out. While they were arguing, the school burned down! The arguing was unnecessary. The fire departments could have put out the fire together and the school wouldn't have burned if they had communicated properly and not argued. I don’t understand why people are arguing about a fire. Fires are dangerous and the people who were putting it out could work with each other instead of against each other.



    Another weird story is about the Eagle Theatre. It had a performance going on and a flood came and washed away the theatre. Believe it or not, the audience kept watching and the actors kept performing! If I was in that audience, I would have run out immediately even if I had spent almost all of my money on it. You would think people care more about their lives than their money and a theatre performance.



    Another story is about the streets of Sacramento. They were covered with rats, alcohol bottles, and other trash.This story is weird and interesting. In today's world, we only see a little trash on the streets. We have garbage trucks, garbage cans, and people understand that trash pollutes the air and it is gross. I can’t imagine seeing the streets covered in trash now. It is surprising how much people littered back in the 1800’s. They probably didn’t have an understanding of how trash is bad for the Earth and they didn’t know what to do with it because they didn’t have trash cans or garbage trucks.


    Lastly, I enjoyed learning about about miners taking baths. If you were a miner, you wouldn't want to get bath numbers 9, 19, or 29 because you would be bathing in water that nine or ten other miners had already bathed in. I think this story is bizarre and gross. Nowadays, the people running the shop could just get fresh water instead of having the miners bathe in dirty water. In the 1800’s, they probably didn’t do this because they didn’t have enough water to get a fresh tub of water for each miner. Especially since there were a lot of miners. The water was really, really dirty and no one likes bathing in brown, dirty water.



    Sacramento’s odd, interesting, and very weird history of the time when it was becoming the capital of California is completely insane!

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    1. Good job Malia! This blog expresses good ideas. Also how did you get it to post at 8:21 in the morning?

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    2. Excellent work, Malia! I like all of your original ideas as they add so much interest to the piece. You organized the ideas well, and your thoughts are enjoyable to read! Good coverage of some of Sacramento's "insane" history!

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  21. I feel that Old Sacramento’s history as a metropolis was quite eccentric, yet at the same time, intriguing. The fact that firefighters would argue to fight over the right to suppress a roaring flame rupturing a wooden schoolhouse whilst it burnt down is ludicrous. Fighting over the right to do something ethical while actually not doing an ethical thing is bizarre. The firefighters both wanted to save the dying building, but during the process that had been delayed by the firefighters’ bickering, they failed to save the scorched building that they had meant to save.
    Sacramento also had some serious floods. As the floods came, boat prices increased,although I believe the ethical decision would be lowering the price, not increasing the price. During a flood, people need boats, either as conveyance or as a miniature home. At least could ferry people to a rooftop for free, unlike many people when they saw a man standing in water up to his neck. Those people had asked for a ferry fee, and when the man said he didn’t have any money, the people would just ride away. During the outset of a flood, people who had paid entry to the Eagle Theater just kept watching the show as water slowly but surely flooded into the theater. I get that they paid oodles of money for the show, but why couldn’t they just tell the theater owners that after the flood, they wanted to see the rest of the same play ? This makes me wonder what the miners watching the show were thinking at the time. One flood got so bad, it turned the Sacramento Valley and the San Joaquin Valley turned into an inland sea. To me that is bizarre, to think the place I reside in was once an inland sea.
    Soon after the floods people got the idea to build a large dirt wall called a levee to hold back the floodwater. I thought this probably wouldn’t work, but it did, for a while. The levee soon broke after the floods proved too large to impede by building dirt walls. So the people came up with another plan: to raise the city with jacks. I do not understand how the people made such a ludicrous plan work, but they did, with the help of people who were paid little but still toiled to perform this hazardous task.
    Another peculiar thing was that a man named Nathaniel Dingley stole steam. Dingley ran a coffee shop, and needed steam to make coffee. What intrigues me though, is that he wouldn’t make his own steam. There was a river a few blocks away where he could get water to make steam, and yet he stole the steam. The tunnel he dug to steal steam for forty years might be worth doing to him, but I think that it would be better to stay on the right side of the law and use an inexpensive method of obtaining steam. After all, steam isn’t worth much, not to me at least, and the work crucial to create the tunnel makes me wonder why Dingley performed this “crime.”
    The owner of a specific grocery store, for a time, held monopoly by buying every piece of grocery that ships carried, which is an outlandish way of doing so. On another topic, there were bathhouses, and although it may insinuate like a good thing, sometimes it wasn’t. If a bather received a bath number that ended with a nine, the bather would be bathing in water that contains sediment, bacteria and maybe urine , which is abominable. Yet all these things combined makes me proud for Sacramento’s perseverance and tells me that while Sacramento got off to a rough start, it improved its living conditions and safety until it is what it is now. I feel that Sacramento’s early history is captivating, yet it shows much idiosyncrasy.

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    1. Good work! It's probably better than I will do, but you never know! but anyways, great job!

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    2. Great job Ryan! You have outstanding vocab.

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    3. Outstanding mix of facts and original ideas, Ryan! Your wording makes this interesting to read, and your piece definitely educates a reader about our idiosyncratic past!

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    4. great wording Ryan.

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    5. It is very crazy that someone would steal steam for forty years

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  22. Sacramento has a very bizarre and eclectic history.

    In a bath shop, if someone received bath numbers 9, 19, or 29 they would be bathing in water that a bunch of other dirty people would have already bathed in! This is extremely bizarre. The American River is so close, so why don’t they just refill the tub with fresh water for every person that comes to their shop to bathe? This is just gross and a great way to spread disease. Someone could accidentally swallow some dirty water and then catch cholera. These people who are giving baths could also make an offer to have someone pay more to get fresh water, whatever bath number they have. They are losing an opportunity to make more money and their customers are not getting their money’s worth if they are bathing in dirty water.

    It is very bizarre that fire departments just sat and argued over who got to put a fire out while a building burned to the ground. Can they not share the right to put out the fire?! Bickering over this is just so silly and childish. There were people in the building because it is a children’s school!! Why would anyone argue over some work? I do not see why both fire departments wouldn’t want to do a bit of the work.

    Sometimes when men “shot” their tobacco in the spittoons they missed and hit the ladies’ dresses. I think this is extremely bizarre because the men are being gross around the ladies when I would think that they would want to be gentlemen around the women. They also are being extraordinarily rude because they are using foul language when there are children around. Because of this the women and children were given a separate waiting room at the train station.

    I learned a great deal about Sacramento’s history and I had fun hearing about all the bizarre and eclectic things that occurred at that time.

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    1. Good selection of facts to prove how eclectic Sacramento has been over the years, Ozzy! I enjoyed reading your reactions to those facts as you created some good ideas of your own. I like that people could maybe offer to pay more money for clean water-good innovation!

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  23. I think Old Sacramento’s history is sensational. It is sensational because so many crazy things happened. I learned that someone stole steam by tapping into a steam pump for 40 years and got away with it,which is crazy because, how do you steal steam? Then the city was razed in a fire two times, but it got rebuilt,also crazy because 2 fires, wouldn't you learn a lesson the first time? Then the city then got raised because of floods which is crazy because how do you raise an entire city? After, cholera struck and many people started leaving Sacramento because a lot people started dying each day. after people came back and rebuilt the city, even though the disease was still in the city, and if the disease you were afraid of is still there why would you come back? Afterward The Pony Express came and stopped there, and then went out of business five months later and Sacramento was its only west coast stop which why would you come anyway? When the Trans-Contanental railroad went in service and stopped at Sacramento it made cargo, mail, and people going to Sacramento go way faster, so the city grew faster, much faster than when it wasn't there.
    Old Sacramento’s history is marvelous and there are many ways to prove it.

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    1. You've used some very good facts to illustrate our history, August. There are some crazy events, and it's hard to see how we became the state capital after all that! You selected some interesting events to prove that we had a sensational history.

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  24. Sacramento's history in the 1800’s was very action packed with floods, disease, and fires.

    There were many floods in Sacramento. During the flood of 1861 the water level reached as high as one story. When the water level was high, store owners raised the prices of boats from $36.00 to $75.00. The store owners more than doubled the price. At the time, this was a lot of money. These prices were so high, poor people couldn’t afford the boats, making their lives even harder. The people who owned one story houses had to live on their rooftops. Store owners should not have profited over tragedy which led to other tragedies.

    The cholera epidemic was another event in Sacramento that killed many people in the 1850s. The disease was spreading, over 60 people were dying a day. People believed that the disease was caused because of dirty blood. People thought that the way to treat cholera was to get rid of the contaminated blood in their body. They would cut a slit in their arm, believing that it would let the bad blood out. Cutting a slit in an arm was a dangerous idea because leaving a wound open can cause an infection. This is disgusting because if a person that had an open wound and they went out they would have blood on their clothes. Other people will be afraid of that person for fear of getting cholera.

    Fires were another problem in the 1800s in Sacramento. There was no electricity at the time, people used candles. Houses were made of wood. When the candles were knocked over, the flame would catch fire. There were many fire stations in town, which created competition between the stations. When there was a fire, many fire stations came racing to the rescue. Firefighters fought about who got to put out the fires. While firefighters fought each other over who got to put out the fire, the house had burned to the ground. They were really were fighting about who got to be in the newspaper headlines.

    These floods, disease, and fires in Sacramento’s early history made it a busy interesting time.

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    1. You have a good main idea, and your details do well, factually, to prove your point. What do you think about those fires, the floods and the cholera? Some of what was done is pretty crazy back in the 1850s!

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  25. My class went on a field trip to Old Sacramento. I loved learning about the interesting history of Old Sacramento so much! The field trip became one of my favorite field trips that I have ever been to in my lifetime!

    I loved learning about the flood that happened in Old Sacramento`s history. It was odd how people had to stay on their roofs for so long. It was very sad when there were animal carcasses floating in the water. I found it incredible that people literally raised the city of Old Sacramento to prevent it from flooding. It took months, but it was still fascinating. We even got to see a restaurant that was the ground level before the city got raised. It was so low that the hanging lights were the ground level of the sidewalk level now!

    We also got to go underground! We smelled history, and it smelled like dust. Some of my classmates hated the smell, but in my opinion it actually didn't smell too bad. There were so many things that were down there including a cat skeleton. It made me sad. There was also a piano that was on the ground. It even had a piano book with piano notes on it. It was interesting.

    Our class also learned about how the doctors were like during Old Sacramento`s history. We learned that they didn`t get a very good doctor’s education. I don't think they should have even been doctors because of that. All doctors should have a full doctors education if they want to be a doctor. They also didn't wash their tools before using them on their patients, and the patients died. We even got to see a small doctor's table that had medicine bottles on it. In my opinion, it looked really interesting.

    In conclusion, Old Sacramento is a fascinating place and so is it`s history. After learning about it, I think everyone should too.

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    1. Very smooth delivery of ideas, Autumn! I like the idea you have in here about smelling history. There certainly was a musty scent to the underground area. I never thought that it was the smell of history, though. I like that!

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  26. Jaren Michael MohleJanuary 30, 2020 at 5:00 PM

    FIRES AND FLOODS
    THE ODD HISTORY OF CALIFORNIA


    California had an odd history. There were fires, floods, fights, epidemics, and many other things.



    Topic 1:Fires
    A building called Lady Adams survived the fire of 1852 . It was the only building to survive the 1852 fire! 90 percent of the city burned down in one day. That's crazy. It survived because of it is made of bricks and the top had layers of bricks sand and metal in it. It also had steel shutters so that the inferno stayed out. It is not named after a lady called Adams. It is named after a boat. It is named after that ship because it is made from parts of that boat. Many buildings were made from boat parts because there was no use for the abandoned boats in the harbor. Sailors abandoned their boats to strike a fortune. You may be wondering where this fits into fire. It fits into fire since the houses were made from boat wood and canvas it caught fire easily. After the fire rampaged through the towns they found that they could rebuild with the ballasts of schooners. It was safer because ballasts were not flammable. Lady Adams was a grocery store and took advantage of survivors. No other grocery stores survived so it was the only building with food and other convenient goods. Fire companies each had a motto. Fire station three’s motto was simple. It was “Always Ready”. What was really crazy is that two fire companies would argue about who gets to put out the fire while the structure burns down.


    Topic 2:Floods
    There were three floods in the 1850s. In the biggest one the whole valley turned into an inland sea! The water was so high that people had to go onto the roof of three story houses to stay dry. Dead farm animals and beer cans floated down the streets. It's odd that a bunch of beer cans are floating through the streets and they weren’t just small cans either. It was large barrels of beer; some people thought it was party time and got drunk. Everyone lived on the roof for months unless they bought a boat ride. Those with a boat charged five dollars for admission onto the boat. It doesn’t seem expensive but nowadays it would be 150 dollars per person. That's way pricier than you would expect. One man had no money and was up to his chin in water all day until someone finally got him out and didn’t charge anything. The man who got him out made an ethical decision. I can’t dream about living on a roof for a week. They prevented floods by building levees and raising the streets. would you have wanted to help raise all the buildings? It sometimes took 250 jacks to raise a building. 250 jacks is a lot of jacks and they all had to be turned at roughly the same time. Imagine doing that one twist at a time. They also moved the rivers. The Eagle Theatre was so expensive that people kept watching the performance even when the flood water was up to their knees. I don’t think people would do that anymore

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  27. Topic 3: other
    Having bath numbers that ended with nine was bad because people emptied it every ten baths so they were bathing in water that had already been used by eight other people. It's just gross that they did that. Hall, Luhrs and Company Grocers was the first grocery store to send vegetables across the United States by train. They kept it cold with ice from the Sierra Nevadas but if there was a drought and the ice melted they would get more from Alaska. That is super far away and would take about a week. At this time the Pony Express was the fastest form of communication. It was dangerous. Native Americans were angry because the Pony Express was intruding on their territory and burned down rest stations. One man called Pony Bob got shot by an arrow but kept on going carrying important news all the way to California. That must be very painful and tiring but he kept up the grit and perseverance. Eventually it was replaced by the telegraph. were four big Transcontinental Railroad builders. Their names were Charles Crocker, Leland Stanford, Collis Huntington and Mark Hopkins. Some of them slept upstairs in the B.F Hastings building for a while. Can you imagine how proud the owners were? Some famous people chose your building over the hotels of the city. John Sutter ,a man made famous by the Gold Rush, chose to stay in the Ebner Hotel ,a hotel that was not one of the finest, for quite a bit of time. The finest hotels were the Orleans and the Union Hotel. In “By the Great Horn Spoon” the only hotel was the Union. I wonder if at that point of time, that statement was actually true. A boat you probably know about with origins from the Gold Rush was the Delta King and it had a rough life. In the beginning it had a calm and peaceful life sailing between Sacramento and San Francisco. Then the flood hit. It was submerged completely until someone pulled it out and left it to rot. Why would someone waste their time and effort on it then let it rot. Another guy thought the same thing, stole it, and left it to rot. Once again I do not know why. Finally someone restored it and today it sits as a restaurant and venue. A man called Newton Booth was senator and governor at one time. At train booths men had a separate waiting room than women because of their language and their habit of spitting tobacco on their dresses. Tobacco is gross in my opinion. Medicine was very expensive. Ten dollars for a pill. One dollar for a drop of liquid. It was 30 dollars in today's money for one in their times! There was a huge water tower on the city’s waterworks tower. 200,000 gallons of water was inside. Can you imagine that falling down? That would make a gigantic mess of rubble, injured people and water. A man called Nathaniel Dingley stole steam for 40 years. He did it by tapping into a steam source with pipes to run his steam engine How did he not get caught? There were people called vigilantes who punished people for their crimes and sometimes broke them out of jail to do this. They were basically being criminals while punishing criminals. The punishments were crueler and rougher than they should have been and there were too many people for the police to stop them



    The happenings in Old Sacramento were otherworldly, bizarre, weird, and crazy. They were also admirably unique.

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    1. That's a lot of information, Jaren! You covered pretty much all of the field trip, I think. Out of all of those stories, which one is your favorite, do you think? I like the ending when you say that our history is admirably unique.

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  28. Nicely done Jaren!! :)

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  29. We need more comments people!!!!

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  30. Get those comments in!!

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  31. On January 15th, 2020, my class went to Old Sacramento and it was more fascinating than I thought it would be. We learned about Sacramento’s early history. Sacramento’s history is shaped by two kinds of disasters: floods and fires.

    The early citizens of Sacramento elevated the city to stop it from flooding. Sacramento flooded a lot, so it was raised about five feet. Drought came, and people stopped raising Sacramento. Then, a bad flood came and people decided to keep raising Sacramento up to twelve feet. I find it amazing that people raised Sacramento. Where would they get the dirt? Why raise most buildings instead of letting structures be underground or partially underground? During the second bad flood, the price of a boat went from about thirty dollars to about one thousand dollars. However this illegal to do now. I can see why people should not try to take advantage with events like that and raise prices. People with houses had to camp on the roof. They cooked on the roof, slept on the roof, and sometimes even got married on the roof. That would be hard, living on a roof. How would you stop things from falling off? One man had to look up, or else he might drown. Sacramento was flooded, and the water was up to his upper head. Some people said they would help him if he gave them money. He had no money with him, so they just passed him by. Eventually, someone said they would help him for free. It seems so wrong, that people had to pay to stay alive. When raising Sacramento, all buildings had to be raised with it. If a building was one story high and could not be raised, it would be an underground room. Most people could afford to raise their buildings, but some people could not. If I could afford to raise my building, I would not. I do not see anything wrong with having a basement or owning an underground building. If the building was two stories high and could not be raised, it would be one story plus a basement.

    A bridge over the American river caught on fire once, and there was only room for one fire engine. Two fire companies tried to get on the bridge, but they fought over who could get on, and during the time, the bridge burned down completely. I think the companies should cooperate, not argue over who will put it out. Every fire company had a motto. Engine Company Number Three’s was ‘Always ready.’ Not a bad idea. When most of Sacramento burned down in 1852, the Lady Adams Store survived. Lady Adams was a building made from ship wood. If Lady Adams charged high prices for the things it sold, people had to buy them.

    Sacramento has some weird history, and I think the stories about fires and floods are crazy! Sacramento’s history has lots of fire in it and lots of floods in it. You can still see the sidewalk level from before Sacramento was raised. Sacramento would be very different without the floods and fires.

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    2. Great section about the floods, Matthew. You covered them well, and I like the commentary you provided. What do you think was worse, the fires or the floods?

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  32. Sacramento has a unique early history that will blow your mind, and it has achieved unbelievable feats while overcoming many problems.
    Early on, Sacramento always flooded because it was located between the American and Sacramento Rivers. Rain during the winter months and snowmelt from the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the spring were big contributors! City leaders had a plan to fix this problem by raising the entire city with jacks and lots of labor, and I think that was an impossible task! The community was called on to help. They had to raise, by hand, hundreds of buildings that weighed thousands of pounds! I'm amazed that people volunteered to raise an entire city one building at a time, nonstop, from sun up to sun down. Raising all those buildings seems impossible by today’s standards but the community of Sacramento proved that wrong. The people of Sacramento were determined to raise the city so it would no longer flood. They were persistent to get the job done. History is preserved as their work still stands!

    Sacramento also had a medical problem. There was a cholera epidemic that caused many people to die daily. Oodles of people left Sacramento because of this. Eventually, Sacramento’s doctors treated it, people healed, and the population of Sacramento grew. Thankfully, doctor’s back then made house calls. I think it is astonishing that the medical community rectified the cholera epidemic. The doctors in the city saved many lives. The medical profession is something to consider for a career for sure!


    Another problem that caused issues was that certain fire departments in the city acted very foolishly, like children fighting. They fought over who got to put out a fire while a building on fire was burning to the ground. I really don’t understand why these fire departments fought over who got a little fame while people were burning to death. They have that one task amongst others that people depended on. I think what those fire departments did was very childish. Instead of saving lives, the firefighters were ruining lives.
    In conclusion, Sacramento, even after all of their issues, is still the state capital to this day with an interesting background and a promising future ahead.

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    1. Great job, Grant! Your blog reads smoothly, and you have done well to put in your thoughts all along the way. Good examples prove your main idea, and then your thoughts help to show the interesting background about which you write. Which story do you think is the most interesting?

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    2. Dear Mr. La Marr, Thank you for your comments and your question. I don't have one story that is the most interesting to me but I do like the people of Sacramento. All of the people had lots of grit and perseverance and they overcame all these challenges to build a city. They were innovators like us and they never gave up and I really like that.

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  33. The history of Old Sacramento is crazy. The fires, floods, arguments, vigilantes, all of it in Sacramento. All of that is just SO crazy for only one city.

    The fire fighters bickering over who would put out the fires just to get on the news(paper) while the city was just burning down was just senseless. I think they just should’ve realized that most of the city was burning to the
    Ground, and both of them just should have worked together to actually out the fire.

    It is also unimaginable that people in Sacramento actually raised the entire city to stop all the big floods that made the whole city go underwater. Not only that, but they raised it TWO times, which is mind blowing to me. It really just seems impossible to raise a city, but they did it. I think it was raised around 20 feet, and it’s insane that the people who did it didn’t get paid that much for doing it.

    The vigilantes just sound like they didn’t truly know what they were doing. They were being police without anyone approving of them, while they just thought they were helping everyone, they were just being the worse people themselves and they were putting a bad image on themselves. So it’s really just a big paradox because while they thought they were removing crime, they were just causing it.

    Old Sacramento’s history stands out from most other cities’ history. It is really strange and cool at times, and it really makes people want to learn more about it, and I really liked learning about it myself!

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    1. I agree with you, Ian, that all of those events for just one city is a crazy situation. Your points about the vigilantes are good ones; they create a scary situation since one never knows what they will do and who they will accuse. Would you have wanted to work on the team that raised the city?

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  34. Sacramento’s history is filled with things that are strange and absurd to us today. For example, the doctors of the 1850s did not wash their hands before operating on patients. Therefore, the patients died from the resulting infection, which does not occur today because doctors wash their hands prior to surgery. Even worse, the doctors of the 1850s did not have any experience in medicine or surgery. The doctors simply had watched other novice doctors do the operations and they tried to copy them. Also strange were the artifacts underground in Old Sacramento, such as the trumpet without any inlet. The fact that Nathaniel Dingly stole steam for forty years is absurd. How nobody caught him was astonishing. Finally, women and children had to deal with terrible habits of the miners, who often spat tobacco and sometimes hit them. These kinds of practices are absurd concepts for us today.

    Life was merciless and rough in the California Gold Rush. People were hung or shot for stealing even the smallest of things. It was sad how unforgiving the California Gold Rush was. It is surprising that Sacramento has become a city of such comfort and modern technology, given how hard life was for miners in the gold rush. Today, Sacramento has electricity but during the gold rush miners only had candles for light. There were also many floods in Old Sacramento, making life extremely difficult. Miners tried to hold back the floods by building dirt levees, but the water broke through. When the levees failed, the miners tried another option which was to raise the city of Sacramento above the floodplain. It was amazing that they could do this with only shovels and pickaxes.

    The history of Old Sacramento is filled with things that no longer exist. The area underground was a place where companies worked but no longer do. Because of the work there, there were many artifacts left behind. Also, at the time of the California Gold Rush, there existed a Pony Express that was riding high for a couple of months but was overtaken by the Trans Continental Telegraph. The two finest hotels at that time were the Orleans and the Union Hotel, which are no longer hotels but serve other purposes. In those days, the miners performed plays at the Eagle Theater but it no longer exists. The miners found it amusing, but soon after the gold rush nobody was interested.

    Overall, I loved the trip to Old Sacramento. It demonstrated things that are strange and absurd now, but are also very interesting. Life during the California Gold Rush was merciless and rough. While most of the world of the California Gold Rush is gone, those things that remain are fascinating.

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    1. Good selection of events to prove your big idea, Lucas. Your conclusion is a strong one to restate what you are proving. I agree with you in that the times were merciless and tough. Good words to describe the era!

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  35. Learning about Old Sacramento’s history was amazing. I mostly enjoyed going to each building and learning about it. I found Sacramento’s history very absurd and amazing. I really enjoyed this field trip learning about history.

    My favorite thing I learned about was Lady Adams. I thought it was smart that people used bricks because it is one of the only materials can survive fires. Even if it was made of bricks and survived a fire what about the flood and earthquakes. This building is incredible that it stood for so long.

    Something I found absurd was when there was a flood and some people didn’t have a boat, the people that had boats charged money. If the people didn ́t have money they would just ignore them. I think that is just plain mean. I mean don't people care about each other. If I was a person who had a boat I would rescue anybody and have them pay me back later.


    Another thing I found absurd was when there were fires the firefighters would fight over who would put the fire out.I mean shouldn’t they just put the fire out as a team. I think if I were one of the firefighters I would yell out to not fight and put the city out before the whole city burns down.

    What I also found absurd was some parts of the city were raised and others weren't if they did not have money. I thought this was absurd because it’s rude to not to help only the rich people to gain money. If I was one of the people helping raise the city I would just charge no money or less than I do with the rich so the poor don’t have to worry about going broke.

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  36. In the end I don’t want to live in Sacramento back then, but Now I am happy to live in the city of Sacramento. I enjoyed learning about Sacramento’s cool and absurd history.

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    2. Great job on conclusion sentence!

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    3. Good points to prove the absurdity of your city's early history. One would think that the firefighters would work together to put buildings out rather than fight over it. I guess that shows just how much they wanted to get a good write-up in the paper. Good, strong conclusion, Kaitlyn!

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  37. The history of Sacramento is bizarre in many different ways. The history of Sacramento might be the most fascinating out of all histories.

    One example of the bizarreness of Sacramento’s history is the four major disasters that all occurred in the year 1850; The four disasters were a flood, a fire, a cholera epidemic, and squatter riots. All of these disasters happened in 1850. The flood of 1850 was because the Sacramento River and the American River overflowed because of too much rain, and Sacramento was level to the river, making it easier to flood. The fire of 1850 occurred because an oil lamp spilled, causing a building to catch on fire. Since each building shared a common wall, the buildings caught on fire very quickly. The cholera epidemic happened when some person coming to California got cholera in Panama. Cholera spread quickly and people left Sacramento because they were afraid they would catch cholera. When almost everyone left Sacramento, people said Sacramento wouldn’t be the capital of California. The squatter riots were fights about land and who got the land and who didn’t. The mayor Harden Bigelow was shot in this process. I think this is crazy because who would shoot the mayor? All this is crazy and absurd because all four disasters happened in the same year which doesn’t ordinarily happen. Another reason this is crazy and weird is because all the disasters were major, not minor, and that is not ordinary. It is also weird that a major flood and major fire happened in the same year. That is crazy because a flood would put out a fire.

    Another example of the bizarre nature of Sacramento’s history was that multiple people would bathe in the same water. People would go into a bath building, take a number, and wait to be called by the person working there. It was bad to have a number ending with nine. It was bad to have those numbers because the workers changed the water every ten baths. If miners had a number ending with nine, eight other people bathed in that water before them. That is unsanitary because someone might be extremely dirty and get the water brown or black. Also, someone with a disease could infect the water and people could get the disease from the person. It could also be good to have a number ending in nine because the miners that bathed before the miner with the number ending with nine could have dropped gold that the miner could pick up.

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    2. Bizarre is a good word to use with respect to some of our city's history, Lyla. You make a good point about the potential spread of disease as people bath in the bathwater of several other people. I don't think I'd use that bathing house!

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  38. Victor
    Sacramento’s History was Interesting
    Sacramento had a very interesting backstory.
    Nathaniel Dingley stole something bizarre. That bizarre thing was steam, and he stole it for forty years from the steam pump of the city waterworks building. The reason he stole steam is to power his coffee makers. I think it’s bizarre since normally when someone thinks about stealing it’s normally money.

    If a miner had bath numbers 9, 19, or 29 at a bathhouse, he would be bathing in water that other miners had bathed in. I think it’s weird that a miner could wash with water that 9 other people did. I think it’s confusing that people working at the bath places wouldn’t change the water after every wash.

    two fire engine companies fought to put out a fire while the building burned since they both wanted to have all the credit. I think it’s funky that adults would argue who would put out a fire instead of putting it out. I consider that it’s strange that they would just sit there instead of putting the fire out.

    There was another time when the Eagle Theatre was flooding and all the miners stayed untell the water got up to the stage. I think it’s peculiar that they would wait until the water reached the stage to move out of the Eagle Theater and close it down. I think it’s unnatural that a miner would wait until the water got to the stage instead of just getting out when the water comes in at the beginning.

    At one point a pill was $10 per pill and a drop was $1 per drop. Today someone can get a bottle of 100 pills for like $6 and a bottle of 90 drops for about $3 maybe. I think that its outlandish pharmacists would charge such high prices. I think it’s kooky that someone would charge such high prices for pills that someone could need.

    Since Sacramento kept flooding the folks raised the city in order to stop the city from flooding. Under some of the buildings, there were homes where folks lived and in each home, there was only one toothbrush for everyone to use. I think it’s kind of spooky that people have to lift buildings when they can get crushed at any time, and others have to work through that.

    At the Sacramento railroad passenger station, all the ladies had asked for a separate waiting room for them and their kids since the men kept cursing. When the men spat out their chewing tobacco which if it missed the can it could get on the ladies’ dresses. I think it’s interesting that the builders wouldn’t build different waiting rooms in the first place.

    Sacramento’s history had some bizarre events.

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    1. Good variety of ideas to use in proving your point, Victor. There's not question that some of what was done makes one think a little about why. I agree that there was risk for people to get crushed while raising the buildings. It's amazing that they didn't. Would you have wanted to be under there raising those jacks?

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  39. The history of Old Sacramento had many paths to the future that led into danger in the 18-1900’s.
    The Great Conflagration was one of the most devastating fires in Sacramento’s history. It killed around 300 people. Most of the buildings were made of wood and canvas which is very flammable. I wonder why the people did not build with bricks in the first place? The answer is that people weren’t mindful enough to think if a lamp broke ,it could start a major fire. So, after the fire people learned to build more brick buildings in Old Sacramento. They rebuilt all the buildings that collapsed in the fire with bricks. They didn’t use bricks at first because there was plenty of wood laying around from unused boats, and wood was cheaper and easier to get.
    That same year, a massive flood came over Old Sacramento. People evacuated to the roofs of their houses. Some of the people had boats and got lots of money by sailing people around. When barrels of alcohol came floating to people, they had a party on the roof. When the flood died down some people got stuck on the roof. I wonder why the people with boats didn’t help for free and why did the people not float in the water when the flood was dying down.. The answer is that people just wanted money and people were scared to go into the water.
    The California gold rush had lots of adventures in the 18-1900’s.

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    1. I like the idea in your opening about our history having danger in it, Cassidy. We certainly did have that. What do you think is the most dangerous of the stories you heard about our city's history?

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  40. “Old Sacramento’s History”

    After learning about the early history of Sacramento, I’ve found it to be crazy, unique, and amazing just like the rest of the California Gold Rush.

    A man named Nathaniel Digley stole steam from the city waterworks building for forty years. It is crazy that someone would steal steam, but in the gold rush, weird things were common. Nathaniel Didley probably just wanted to be cheap like a lot people in the gold rush. It was a very creative way to save money in the world of skyrocketing prices that the gold rush caused.

    The Eagle Theater was flooding on January 4, 1850 and gold miners stayed to watch the performance. Those people were so desperate to leave the monotony of their lives that they stayed instead of getting to safety. It is sad that the theater closed so soon after opening, it was only open for two months, but in all the craziness it could no longer stay open.

    Newton Booth waved flags from the roof of his store to negotiate the prices of food with the supply boats docking. That is a unique way to make more money. Being the only one in town with that item meant he became richer. Newton Booth was a very smart man. Smart men of the gold rush seem to be the rich men of the gold rush.

    A store called the Lady Adams survived the fire of 1850. It's amazing that the Lady Adams was one of 5% of buildings that didn't burn down in the fire of 1850. I bet the store owners worked hard building their store, and the work paid off. Though the owner might have made roof to heavy as it collapsed many years later.
    There were many mean people during the flood of 1850. Like the people with boats who left a man that was up to his chin in water in the water because he could not pay them right then. That man could have drowned. Those people were so greedy that they put a man's life in danger. If I was there and had a boat, I would have saved the man and worried about the fees later. Lucky there was nicer people in the gold rush who saved this man's life.

    Absurdness and exceptionalism of the first part Sacramento's history make me think that I would not like to live in the city of Sacramento in 1850.

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    1. Good job, Lauren, as you have good examples to prove your big idea, and your own thinking go along with the facts very well. This reads smoothly, and it's very easy to follow. I like the word "exceptionalism" in your conclusion!

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  41. “Sacramento's History”


    Sacramento’ history is unique and revolutionary. Most events like the illegal hangings from the vigilantes and gigantic floods are very important and unique. Little events are not important, but are still unique. Some events like having to get into a house by a second story window and a man stealing steam for forty years is not that important. Its unique because the Gold Rush plus, the gigantic fires, and big floods and the other stuff is more intense and blood-pumping than any other capitals history. Especially that the events happened almost at the same time!
    Some of the changes were revolutionary! Most of them are revolutionary but some are crazy. Even the thoughts of it are unrealistic! Some like the replacement of the “Pony Express” and the knowledge of building the new buildings with brick are innovating . Also when the citizens of Sacramento levied the whole entire town it was shocking how far they’ve come!
    To this day Sacramento keeps finding new ways to be unique and revolutionary.

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  42. I like the idea about our city's history being revolutionary. Precisely, what stories do you think show that there were revolutionary events in the history? Good big idea to have!

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  43. Well done, fourth graders. You seem to have remembered a lot about our trip. Now, take your families to Old Sacramento and tell them some of the stories your learned.

    Would anyone want to ride for the Pony Express, or raise our city's buildings, or be a firefighter or rebuild after the fire? So many opportunities were available to make money after so many disasters; are there any opportunities you would have taken back in the 1850s-1870s?

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    1. No, because there probably were no gloves back then to keep my hand from receiving blisters or splinters. The Pony Express was supposedly very dangerous, as Native Americans might shoot me with an arrow. This may kill me since the medicine wasn't the best back then. In conclusion, I would not take any of the opportunities stated above, but I might consider becoming a merchant. This is because being a merchant involves no danger, and I probably could charge really anything for general goods and food.

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  44. Since we use our names and not usernames could not anyone use someone else's name...?

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    1. Other people could, but I trust that people do not. If it does happen, are you truly Ozzy? Or are you someone else?

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    2. I guess, conceivably, that could happen, but it brings up all kinds of computer ethics issues. Is it ethical to pose as someone else online? I don't think it is. Also, if someone else's name is used, it's very easy for the person whose name was plagiarized to say that he or she didn't write it. Then, we begin tracing the post. I keep a close eye on what gets posted here, and if something doesn't seem right, it doesn't stay. The situation you describe has never happened in the 7 years I have run this blog.

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    3. Ah, good question, Ryan! You are a thinking man! So, I guess tomorrow we need to verify with Ozzy that he is the true author of the question, yes? Interesting issues to think about . . .

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  45. Aiden looking backMay 12, 2020 at 9:37 AM

    Wow-Looking back on these-Good days. Curse the corona virus. But we are living through the virus- it will be a GIANT piece in American history!!!!!!!

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