Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sacramento History Photo of the Week: Issue No. 13!

Shrouded in semi-tropical greenery, so typical of many late-nineteenth century lots in the Alkali was the home of William F. Knox, at 916 “G” Street. The Virginia-born Knox came to California as a 49er, but settled into the construction industry where he amassed a modest fortune. In addition to serving on the City’s School Board and Common Council, Knox and his business contributed mightily to the building of the Central Pacific Railroad, Sacramento County’s first courthouse, and was a primary player in the epic undertaking of raising Sacramento’s business district by eighteen feet in 1863.

This photo and many more like it can be found in the Sacramento Public Library’s Sacramento Room which is open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 1 to 5, and Thursday 1 to 8.

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