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    • West Capitol Avenue

    • 1947
    • Two vehicles move along West Sacramento's West Capitol Avenue in this January 20, 1947 view. To the right of the photograph is a billboard advertising Lyon's Root Beer. In the distance is the faux dome of the Capitol Inn at 1130 West Capitol...
    • 1435
    • Golden West Motors Company Opening

    • 1914
    • A group of excited citizens gather in July 1914 for a peek at the opening of the Golden West Motor Company, located on a severn-acre site, just one block west of the intersection of Seventh Avenue and Riverside Boulevard. Golden West specialized...
    • 1823a
    • Official Gazette

    • April 15, 1918
    • In April 1915, Sacramento’s City Commission, a governing body that had been in place since July 1912, set itself to transparency with the release of its Official Gazette (known also as the Municipal Gazette). Founded through unanimous vote from the...
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    • Golden West Motors Company Truck

    • 1914
    • Golden West Motors Company officials pose within the concern's very first truck, unveiled during a celebratory christening on July 1, 1914. Its General Manager was Mark L. Burns while its Corporate Counsel was Fred A. Sloss. The company had been...
    • 1823c
    • Golden West Motors Company Christening

    • 1914
    • Just beyond the eastern banks of the Sacramento River, a happy group gathers at the opening of Golden West Motors Company. Located at Seventh Avenue and Riverside Boulevard, the business officially opened on July 1, 1914, when Miss Phenette Miller...
    • 1823b
    • Capitol Inn and Capitol Sky Park

    • 1950
    • Taken in 1950, this photograph provides an aerial view of the Capitol Inn at 1130 West Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento, California. The hotel was designed to look like the California State Capitol building. The Hotel El Rancho sat just across...
    • 866
    • Hotel El Rancho Resort

    • 1953
    • This 1953 airborne photograph shows the 17-acre Hotel El Rancho Resort, located at 1075 West Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento, California. Built in 1932 by millionaire Thomas Hull, the El Rancho was visited by the likes of Clark Gable, Robert...
    • 464
    • Tower Bridge across the Sacramento River

    • 1937
    • This picture of the Tower Bridge was made on March 4, 1937. It was taken from the west side of the Sacramento River, in West Sacramento. The Crane Company, a plumbing supply business, and the tip of the Capitol building's dome are visibile in the...
    • 119
    • Sacramento River and Bridges, Sacramento, California

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    • This colorful rendition of the Sacramento River and bridges is an example of the linen-like postcards popular from about 1930 through World War II. Metrocraft Company of Everett, Massachusetts produced this embellished view which was then...
    • BBSAC681
    • Guy Foulks, Genevieve Didion, and Percy West

    • 1958
    • Pictured in 1958, and posing next to a historic painting, are a few Sacramento-area notables signing a document. The seated woman is Genevieve Didion, longtime member of the Board of the Sacramento Unified School District. She started her run...
    • 1390
    • Crest Motel - Colourpicture Publication

    • 1955
    • This circa 1955 postcard shows the Crest Motel, located along West Sacramento's West Capitol Avenue. Located across from the famous El Rancho Motel, the Crest, like most spots of its kind, offered a swimming pool, televisions, orthopedic...
    • BBSAC448
    • Golden West Motors Company on Parade

    • 1914
    • The opening of Golden West Motors Company in July 1914 came in the form of a parade. Led by a brass band, the procession ended its giddy walk at the company's location at Riverside Boulevard and Seventh Avenue. By July 1917, and after accusations...
    • 1823d
    • The Flamingo Motel - Rory Foster

    • 1963
    • This 1963 postcard shows West Sacramento's 21-unit Flamingo Motel at 920 West Capitol Avenue. In the 1968 Sacramento phonebook, the motel claimed to have "one of Sacramento's finest" heated swimming pools. It also boasted "courtesy coffee,...
    • BBSAC450
    • The Home Designer

    • March 1923
    • Shown above is an issue of The Home Designer. Established by architect Walter W. Dixon (1884-1953) and German-born builder R.C. Hillen (1883-1955) in June 1921, the Oakland-based, monthly publication sought to increase the “interest of the average...
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    • The Caribbean Room at the Capitol Inn and Motel

    • 1960
    • This circa 1960 postcard shows the extravagant Caribbean Room at the Capitol Inn and Motel at 1130 West Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento. While most knew the motel for its replica appearance of the California State Capitol building, few likely...
    • BBSAC639
    • El Rancho Drive-In Theater

    • 1946
    • Taken on October 31, 1946, this photograph shows the entrance to the El Rancho Drive-In Theater on the Davis Highway, now 2000 West Capitol Avenue, in West Sacramento, California. The 13-acre, 600-car El Rancho was the first drive-in theater in...
    • 808
    • Sky Ranch Motel, West Sacramento, Calif.

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    • The aqua-blue of the Sky Ranch Motel pool sparkles beneath a deep blue sky in this 1960s postcard promoting the business at 1800 West Capitol Avenue. A modest alternative to the nearby Capitol Inn and Hotel El Rancho, guests would still be close to...
    • BBSAC500

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