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A Look Back: Some Gave All

U.S. NAVY ENSIGN DAVID LESTER COLE, 22, was aboard the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor when it was bombed on Dec. 7, 1941, making him the first Sacramentan killed in World War II. For...

Happily Ever After

GOODWIN KNIGHT WAS THE FIRST GOVERNOR of California to get married while in office. A widower, Knight, who served from 1953 to 1958, is pictured in this photo from his first year in office...

Ms. Mayor

BELLE COOLEDGE WAS A WOMAN OF FIRSTS. She served as Sacramento’s first woman mayor in 1948 and 1949, after coming in first at the polls when she ran for a seat on the City...

Going Once, Going Twice…

FOR A SHORT TIME IN 1978, it looked like Tom Fat was going to own the Delta King riverboat. On Jan. 27 of that year, Fat, son of restaurateur Frank Fat, placed a high...

A Look Back: Under the Big Top

BEFORE MARKET SQUARE AT ARDEN FAIR, there was Food Circus. With 35,000 square feet of space, this forerunner to the modern-day food court opened in 1965, dishing up food from 17 kitchens, including Jumbo’s...

Youthful Enthusiasm

Why would a theatergoer choose to attend a play full of student actors rather than professionals? Michele Hillen-Noufer, Sacramento Theatre Company’s Education and School of the Arts director, answers that question based STC’s comprehensive curriculum...

A Look Back: Willie Wins

Sacramento Bee photographer Owen Brewer captured this image of Willie Brown on Dec. 2, 1980, just after Brown had been voted speaker of the California State Assembly. Assemblyman Art Torres, Brown’s son, Michael, and wife, Blanche, surround...

A Look Back: Gemco

THE CENTER FOR SACRAMENTO HISTORY ran this photo on its Facebook page three years ago, and it quickly became one of the most “liked” images the center has ever posted. Skip Shuman of The...

Party Like It’s 1939

PLENTY OF SONG AND DANCE, including a performance by the unnamed group pictured above, entertained crowds at “Roaring Camp,” an ambitious, three-month-long celebration held at Sacramento’s Southside Park in 1939. The festival commemorated the...

A Look Back: Forest Fun

THEN: In 1928, outdoor games at Camp Sacramento included a “tug-o-war.” The city of Sacramento opened the camp in 1920, and it rapidly gained in popularity. It lies along the South Fork of the...

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