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August 28, 2013
Underground Sacramento tours continue into the fall

UNDER OLD TOWN WALK.JPGTo those who've missed Old Sacramento's popular underground tours this summer: fear not. There are more opportunities to see these important historic sites in September and October.

The hour-long, docent-led excursions celebrate the 19th century street-raising effort that protected the old city from floods and produced the excavated foundations and enclosed pathways we have today.

This fall Historic Old Sacramento Foundation is also offering more "adults-only" evening tours of the underground city. Led by knowledgeable docents in period attire, these special 90-minute excursions explore "some of the dark secrets and racy tales lurking in Sacramento's past."

Guests should be ready to walk in spaces with uneven surfaces and low ceilings. The tours are popular, so advanced ticket purchases are recommended.

What: Old Sacramento Underground Tours - Fall Schedule!
Where: Sacramento History Museum, 101 I Street in Old Sacramento
When: September -- weekdays at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 2 p.m; weekends departing every half-hour 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. October -- weekday tour dates and times may vary; weekends departing every half-hour 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check website for updated tour times
Cost: $15 for adults; $12 for HOSF members; $10 for children
For more info: 916-808-7059 or website

What: Underground "Adults Only" Evening Tours - Fall Schedule!
Where: Sacramento History Museum, 101 I Street in Old Sacramento
When: September -- Thursday & Friday evenings departing at 6 p.m. October - Thursday evenings departing at 6 p.m.
Cost: $20 (only guests 21 and older will be admitted)     
For more info: 916-808-7059 or website

News release

PHOTO CREDIT: Tour guide Janessa Gonsalves,walks beneath the the BF Hastings Building with some guests as they tour the original ground level of Old Sacramento. 2006. Sacramento Bee photograph by Andy Alfaro

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About Sac History Happenings

California and Sacramento have a long, rich, vibrant history. And our region is blessed with an abundance of historical resources maintained by museums, libraries, archives and societies. This blog aims to alert readers to the latest developments in local/state historical education and research.

Send tips concerning upcoming exhibits, tours, lectures and meetings, as well as new books, magazine articles and online collections to the blog's contributors.

The Contributors:

Michael Dolgushkin

Michael Dolgushkin is Manuscript Librarian at the California State Library History Section. He is co-author of San Francisco's California Street Cable Cars and is a frequent contributor to the California State Library Foundation Bulletin. Contact him at

Amanda Graham

Amanda Graham is a Certified Archivist working in the Sacramento Room of the Sacramento Public Library. She earned a BS in History from Southern Oregon University and a MS in Information Studies with an emphasis in archives from The University of Texas at Austin. Contact her at

Pete basofin

Pete Basofin is Director of Editorial Research at The Sacramento Bee. He previously worked at The St. Petersburg Times and Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune. Contact him at

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