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Crowned by the Capitol

More than 100 women wore whimsical headpieces at the “Headdress Ball,” presented by Mercy Children’s Hospital Guild at the Senator Hotel in February 1954....
Engelbert Humperdinck, John Fulton and Tom Jones

Reflect: Two Crooners

Musical icons Engelbert Humperdinck and Tom Jones came to Sacramento in July of 1973, where they were presented with Honorary Gold Miner certificates from...
workers decorating k street for the holiday season

’Tis the Season

Workers decorate K Street for the holidays in this Sacramento Bee photo from 1956.
safety dog

Safety Dog

Knee-Hi, the Safety Dog cared deeply about children’s well-being. That’s why he visited schools to promote safe practices during such activities as crossing busy...
preston castle

Preston Castle

Preston Castle was built in Ione between 1890 and 1894 to house the Preston School of Industry, a reform school for boys, which remained...
sacramento cyclettes

Sacramento Cyclettes

In 1937, a group of women who had been denied membership in the all-men’s Capital City Motorcycle Club formed the Sacramento Cyclettes. In this...
Tommy Kono

Reflect: Weightlifter Tommy Kono

Tommy Kono, who was born in Sacramento in 1930, remains the United States’ most decorated weight lifter. He brought home gold at the Olympics...
parade showing unicycle square dancing

Reflect: Unicycle Square Dancing

Now roll away to a half sashay! A group square dances on unicycles in this Sacramento Bee photo taken by Dick Schmidt at a...
lady and the boys rock band

Looking Back at Lady and the Boys

In the 1980s, the rockin’ rhythm and blues of Lady and the Boys electrified audiences at Melarkey’s, Bitter Creek and Crawdad’s in Sacramento, Framastanyl’s...
sacramento bike ride cyclist abbie budd

1917 Ride to Tahoe

Sacramento cyclist Abbie Budd takes a break at the high point of his and fellow rider Gene Hepting’s record-setting journey from Sacramento to Lake...