Old Sacramento's ever-popular Underground Tours resume April 2 and you can reserve a spot now. Tickets may be purchased online, in-person at the Sacramento History Museum or by telephone, (916) 808-7059. Ticket prices: Adults $15; Youth (6-17) $10; Children (5 & Under) Free; Historic Old Sacramento Foundation members $12.
What do you see on these tours? After a brief introduction to the early years of the city, docents take participants below street level to see "excavated building foundations, exposed brick retaining walls, and
Sacramento's famous 'hollow sidewalks.'" Back above ground they point out "interesting architectural and landscape features
reflecting the street-raising project and the district's Gold Rush
origins." See the Tour FAQ for more information.
Sacramento's "underground" was created in the 1860-70s when city leaders raised the streets 10-12 feet to protect them from recurring floods. Some buildings were elevated with jack screws. Others had their first floors transformed into basements.
PHOTO CREDIT: Janessa Gonsalves of the HOSF, left, leads a tour beneath the the B.F. Hastings Building in Old Sacramento in 2006. Sacramento Bee photo by Andy Alfaro.