There’s another side to Sacramento, and it’s right under your feet.
What do you do when your city ends up nine feet underwater? Easy. You raise it.
Technically, not such a cakewalk, as Sacramento found out after succumbing to epic flooding in the 1860s. In a scramble to stay above water in the future, the city raised two-and-a-half miles of street and existing buildings—in what was considered more of a Herculean feat.
Today, on the Sacramento History Museum’s underground tours, guides download Old Sac history and walk you through it. Then, you can see what lies beneath on the 90-minute adults-only walkabout (there’s an all-ages tour as well). Gold Rush geeks will like the storytelling (of brothels and saloons, for example). In the end, it took workers more than a decade to raise Sacramento, lifting buildings a quarter of an inch at a time.