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    Sutter's Fort

    by Tom_Fields Updated Feb 14, 2007

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    In 1839, Swiss immigrant John Augustus Sutter received a huge land grant from the Mexican government in this area. He built his fort in Sacramento, when it was a tiny frontier settlement. For a time, he had a vast farming operation. In 1848, at his watermill in Coloma, gold was discovered. Soon, the word was out. During the ensuing Gold Rush, squatters stole most of Sutter's land. This old fort is all that remains of his once-thriving empire.

    While visiting the fort, be sure to see the State Indian Museum nearby. A replica of John Sutter's mill still stands at Coloma, up in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

    Entrance to Sutter's Fort The State Indian Museum Inside the fort Monument to John Sutter One of the storerooms
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    Sutter's Fort

    by WulfstanTraveller Updated Aug 10, 2009

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    This is the nucleus of the original Mexican-era settlement at Sacramento founded in 1839 by Swiss settler John Sutter. It is quite large, with substantial walls, blockhouses, and numerous shops, rooms, etc., inside. They also have demonstrations of artillery, musketry, flour milling, medical care, and more.

    Its place in history secured by its role several events. It was here that people heard word of the Donner Party disaster. More importantly, Sutter and his partner, James Marshall, built a mill at Sutter's Mill near Coloma to the NE in order to provide lumber to ship to San Francisco and elsewhere. At the mill, Marshall found gold, setting off the Gold Rush that turned California into what it is now, made a boomtown out of Sacramento, San Francisco, Stockton, and numerous other places, and led to the ruin of Sutter's grand plans for leading, and profiting from, settlement of the region. During the Gold Rush, Sutter's son in coordination with several other settlers founded the city of Sacramento just to the west of the fort.

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    State Indian Museum

    by briantravelman Updated Mar 8, 2015

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    This is another one of those attractions in Sacramento, that I didn't know about, until only a week ago. I was told about this museum, but didn't know it was right next to Sutter's Fort. I thought it was somewhere near it, so I had no intention of trying to find it, especially after I read that you're not allowed to take pictures. However, it turned out that the museum was right next to Sutter's Fort, and since it only cost $3, I decided to check it out. $3 is a very fair price for this museum, considering it is small, and you're not allowed to take pictures. I'm not gonna lie, I was hesitant at first, as I can walk 5 minutes from my house and see Indian artifacts, but I'm glad I went in. It didn't disappoint. This museum was very different, and had a wider variety of artifacts, than the ones in my town.

    Housed in an old 19th century building, that was formerly part of Sutter's Fort, the museum displays beautiful artifacts, mostly from northern California tribes, but also tribes from other parts of the country. Artifacts include traditional baskets, weapons and tools, blankets, canoes and paddles, ceremonial gar, and of course, artifacts from California's most famous Indian, Ishi.
    The museum also has a nice gift shop, although there was nothing that was of interest to me.
    The ranger at the museum was really friendly. He asked us where we're from, and when we told him Oroville, he joked that we came all the way from Oroville to see Ishi stuff. But it's not just Ishi stuff.
    It's a real shame that photography is prohibited, as the artifacts are beautiful. I have no idea why. So I guess if you want to see them, you'll have to come to Sacramento.
    I didn't want to come here at first, but now I'm telling you it's worth checking out, if you're visiting Sutter's Fort. This just goes to show, that sometimes places that don't seem to exciting, actually turn out to be quite interesting.

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    Visit the State Indian Museum,...

    by Jeannette1 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Visit the State Indian Museum, located next to Sutter's Fort. It depicts aspects of California's American Indian cultures with displays of feather baskets, jewelry, clothing and art.

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    Sutter's Fort was the first...

    by Jeannette1 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Sutter's Fort was the first European outpost in the California interior. The adobe fort has relics of pioneer and gold rush days. Exhibits depicts life in the fort in the 1800's.
    John Sutter was a Swiss Citizen who moved to the US in 1834. He set up a colony in what became Sacramento and called his colony 'New Helvetia'.

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