Locke Historic District sign

Locke Historic District


Locke, CA is a historic town in the Sacramento Delta region and was formed in 1915 after the Chinatown of nearby Walnut Grove was burned down. The town was named after George Locke, who owned the land that the town was built on (at the time Chinese people were not allowed to own land).

Locke was named a National Historic Landmark District in 1990 and many of the historic buildings are still in use.

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Locke Historic District museumLocke Historic District museum
The museum in the old boarding house/current visitors center. The should be your first stop in the town as you can get all the information you need on the town and it’s history here.

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Sacramento Gem, mineral and Jewelry show

Sacramento Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show


Admission: $6

The Sacramento Gem, Mineral and Jewelry show is an annual event put on by the Sacramento Mineral Society. It features numerous vendors displaying and selling gems, rocks, jewelry, fossils and other products.

Sacramento Gem, mineral and Jewelry show petrified wood
Petrified wood, I’ve never really understood exactly how that works.

Sacramento Gem, mineral and Jewelry show fossils
Large fish fossils.

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feather river fish hatchery

Feather River Fish Hatchery


The Feather River Fish Hatchery was built in 1967 to compensate for the Oroville Dam’s redirecting of the Feather River a few years earlier. The hatchery is divided into two sections: the hatchery, rearing ponds and spawning room to the west and the barrier dam, underwater viewing room and observation platform to the east.

feather river fish hatchery signs
Helpful signage is helpful.

feather river fish hatchery fish
I was afraid, because of the lack of cars in the parking lot, that I was too late to see many fish. Thankfully, their were plenty of fish still hanging out.

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Gold Rush Experience

Gold Rush Experience Tour


Price: $15

The Gold Rush Experience Tour is a new tour of Old Sacramento that covers the very early history of the area, mostly 1840s to 1860s. This dovetails with the Old Sacramento Underground Tour which covers 1860 and later.

The tour covers the settling of the Sacramento Area with John Sutter’s Fort and New Helvetia, the discovery of gold in the area, the gold rush, the continual flooding and finally briefly, the raising of the streets.

Gold Rush Experience Sacramento Museum
Like the Underground Tour, the Gold Rush Experience Tour is run by the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation and starts off at The Sacramento History Museum.

Gold Rush Experience Tour guide
My adorable tour guide, who was playing the role of Mrs. Hayward (as in the city of)

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Cool Patch Pumpkins


Cool Patch Pumpkins http://coolpatchpumpkins.com/ Cool Patch Pumpkins is a pumpkin patch located in Dixon and is the proud owner of the Guinness Book of Records World’s Largest Corn Maze. It also has hay rides, a kids fun zone and a …


Sinister Creature Con


Sinister Creature Con http://www.sinistercreaturecon.com/ Admission: $10 per day Sinister Creature Con is a horror convention in Sacramento in its inaugural year and is run by the people who do the Sacramento Horror Film Festival. The con features vendors, special guests, …


Downtown Sacramento Haunted Tour


Downtown Sacramento Haunted Tour http://godowntownsac.com/explore/tours/ Admission: $15 The Downtown Sacramento Haunted Tour is an annual event that takes place every October. The tour starts at Cesar Chavez Plaza and meanders over several blocks downtown going past several “haunted” locations. Our …


Sacramento Archives Crawl


Sacramento Archives Crawl http://sacarchivescrawl.blogspot.com/ Admission: Free The Sacramento Archives Crawl is an annual event that takes place every October (American Archives Month). Particpants “crawl” between four participating locations, the California State Archives, the California State Library, the Center for Sacramento …


Sacramento Reptile Show


Sacramento Reptile Show http://sacreptileshow.com/ Admission: $12 The Sacramento Reptile Show, now in its 18th year, is the biggest reptile show in Northern California. The show features over 100 vendors with their animals and accessories for display and sale. There is …


Urban Art, Food and Libations Tour


Urban Art, food and Libations Tour http://local-food-tours.com/culinary-cultural-experience/home-2/ Price: $68 (you can usually find half off tickets at Goldstar.com, where I got mine). The Urban Art, Food and Libations tour takes you through several restuarants and and past wall murals in …