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Old Sacramento Historic District | by Loco Steve
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Old Sacramento Historic District

A brief history of the Big Four and Nathaniel Dingley Steam Coffee & Spice Mill buildings

Over the last 20 years, the Old Sacramento Historic District has grown and matured into a well-recognized town within a city. Highly visible within the district are the cluster of reconstructed and restored buildings that comprise the California State Railroad Museum and Old Sacramento State Historic Park.

Of these, the combined Huntington, Hopkins & Company Hardware Store and Stanford Brothers Warehouse, which together comprise the "Big Four Building," and the adjacent Nathaniel Dingley Steam Coffee & Spice Mill building play important roles in showcasing Sacramento’s early railroad and commercial heritage.

Because today these two structures stand side-by side, and their current uses overlap within their physical boundaries, their histories have been combined into one single story. Historically the two structures stood on completely different city blocks, as the accompanying history documents. Let’s journey back in time now, and explore the history surrounding these fascinating and highly symbolic structures. More...

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Taken in December 2009