Known for: Albert A. Van Voorhies was a prominent businessman who operated a harness and saddlery factory. He also built a notable house in what is now the Aklali Flat neighborhood of Sacramento.
Background: Born in New Jersey, Van Voorhies came to California in 1853. Trained as a saddle and harness maker, he came to Hangtown (now Placerville) in 1855 and opened a wholesale and retail business during the later stages of the Gold Rush. His business thrived. He was often called "The Prince" because, according to the book, "Vanishing Victorians," he was considered "the finest type of cultured pioneer." He ran a wholesale-retail leather goods store downtown and also a harness factory, producing more than 150 horse collars a day.
A highlight: In 1868, Van Voorhies built a stuccoed brick home in the Italianate and Georgian style at 925 G St. The home was later scheduled to be replaced by a parking lot, but was saved. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.
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