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Sacramento is the capital of California and the seat of Sacramento County. Two great rivers, the Sacramento and the American, come together here.
The city of Sacramento was established by John Sutter in 1839. Sutter was from Switzerland. He established Fort Sutter as a trading post. Once gold was discovered on Sutter's property in 1848, the city rapidly escalated in numbers, and it was made a natural supply point for prospectors coming from all parts of the country.
Sacramento was incorporated as a city in 1849 and was made the capital in 1854. Interestingly, it was also the western terminus for the Pony Express in 1860.
The city of Sacramento is a wonderful place and has a plethora of hiking opportunities. Along with all of the parks here, there are several rivers, sanctuaries, bike paths, and other very interesting places to visit. Also, if you're up to looking outside of the city limits, you'll discover places in Auburn, Folsom, Roseville, and elsewhere. Investigate a look at all the resources listed above, and you'll find some great day hikes!
Sacramento has always been a hub of river transportation. It is a major deep-water port with a connection to the Pacific Ocean. Sacramento's economy is highly diversified and, along with military intallations and state government, its industries include aerospace, high technology, furniture, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, meat packing, and the processing of crops from the Central Valley.
California State University, Sacramento, also known as Sac State, is the largest university in the area. Drexel and the McGeorge School of Law are two other institutions of learning in the area. Also important is the UC Davis Medical Center, which is a world-renowned research hospital.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city of Sacramento covers an area of 100.1 square miles (259 km2), 97.81% of it land, and 2.19% of it water.
Depth to groundwater is typically about 30 feet (9 m). Much of the land to the west of the city (in Yolo County) is permanently reserved for a vast flood control basin (the Yolo Bypass), due to the city's historical vulnerability to floods. As a result, the greater metropolitan area sprawls only four miles (6 km) west of downtown (as West Sacramento, California) but 30 miles (48 km) northeast and east, into the Sierra Nevada foothills, and 10 miles (16 km) to the south into valley farmland.
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