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.
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17 comments:

Pequete said...

It must have been a nice visit. Thanks for sharing a bit of your country's history!

Libbys Blog said...

That is fascinating bit of history!!

Annie said...

Seeing those barrels made me wonder if Sutter's Home wines were a part of his legacy?

Piika said...

such great depth in your photos!

Moi said...

The pic reminded me of the term "Cracker barrel" :)...it's always a great pic when someone shares a bit of history associated with the place........history fascinates moi!!! :)
and hey, if forts fascinate u, maybe u'd like to take a trip down to Rajasthan or Goa in India sometime......I wish I had pics to share them with you......:(

Olivier said...

post historique tres interessant. bravo


post historical very interesting. cheer

Beverly said...

thanks for sharing some of our country's history with you photos. I love enlarging them and seeing all the wonderful detail.

Pep said...

... I like this ... thanks ...

Still said...

Apparently a very interesting place!

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

Very interesting story. I love seeing places like that.

Kate said...

You added a great deal of history to accompany your interesting photo. Sutter certainly played a huge role in American history!!

Ex-Shammickite said...

Thats a terrific picture, I love the shadows on the barrels, and the colours on the metal bands. And a nice piece of history too.... you really get to visit some neat places.

MPRPRO said...

Love learning the history and the like of the image, I will however comment on the photographic quality of the image.
The composition is great and the detail is also great. I might have use a flash to fill in some of the darker areas caused by shadows. Might have boosted the H&S in post processing too. All in all it is good but a few little touches will make it great. Thanks.

Mike said...

Neat shot and a great story to go with it. I love going to places like this. Just think of all the history that took place in those walls.

Daniele Marioli said...

Hey!! Good job!
Bravissima!
Ciao!!

Lavender Lady said...

Oh, you brought back some wonderful memories for me. When I taught in Redding, Ca., this was often one of our stops on the 8th grade field trip. CA. has a very colorful history.

Meg in Nelson said...

So much better enlarged. I love the heat I feel from the sun.