Birds-Eye View of Sacramento City,1850

TitleView of Sacramento City: as it appeared during the great inundation in January 1850 [California]

CreatorGeo. W. Casilear & Henry Bainbridge (active ca. 1850), artist Sarony, lithographer 

Date Created and/or Issuedc18

This view of Sacramento depicts the city during a flood in 1850. Rain and melting snow from the Sierra Nevada mountains caused the Sacramento river to flow over the levee. Looking down J st from the levee, this view documents notable buildings and landmarks submerged in flood waters. At the head of J street on the left hand side is a knoll of ground made by the Indians, called Sa’cum, which stayed dry throughout the flood. Sutter’s Fort is 25 miles from the Levee and is at the head of J st. To the left of J street can be found the City Hotel, which faces onto the levee and was built in 1849 at a cost of $78,000. The Sutter Hotel, which can found to the far right of J st and also facing the levee was built in 1848 at a cost $50,000.

Dimensions: (sight) 26.75"h x 38"w; (overall) 36.25"h x 46.75"w.


Toning, scattered foxing. Scattered areas of white discoloration. Did not examine out of frame. Please see photos. 

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,500
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