Charles R. Parsons, after George B. Cooper
Sacramento City, Ca.
New York: 1850
Prints & Photographs Division
[digital ID# cph.3g02853]
Sacramento's rise from settlement to state capital began with
the discovery of gold in January 1848, some fifty miles northeast
at John Sutter's sawmill. Situated along the Sacramento and American
Rivers, the city became the gateway to the California gold fields.
Print publishers all around the country produced views of the new
city, both to encourage more visitors and to sell prints. Local
businesses depicted in the image supported the publication by paying
an advertising fee.