Sunday, March 18, 2007
IN SUTTER'S FORT
This weekend our family had a chance to visit Sutter's Fort State Historic Park, which is located in Sacramento, California.
John Sutter sailed from Germany around 1823 to the United States and eventually settled in California. Sutter was skilled in Indian affairs and helped the settlers on the West Coast. In the summer of 1840 John Sutter began building what would become an adobe fort. The walls were 2 1/2 feet thick and 15 to 18 feet high. There were quarters for his workers, a bakery, blanket faactory, blacksmith shop and other shops which enabled the fort to be self contained. A land grant was given to Sutter in 1841 by Mexian govenor Alvarado. Sutter became a Mexican citizen to qualify for his grant.
Many people used the fort as a waystation on their way to the gold fields, which Sutter was involved in the discovery of gold.
This was a fascinating tour of the Fort and reinactment of pioneer life in the 1850's.
To see the detail just click on the picture to enlarge.