If you were to take Jackson Road-Highway 16 out of Sacramento, while traveling mostly east, but a tad south for a half hour or so, you would come upon the delightfully rural community of Sloughhouse.
Although the community is quiet and somewhat small, it does enjoy rich history.
This past Sunday, when my grandson and I were returning home from a delightful daytrip to Indian Grinding Rock State Park in nearby Amador County, we did what so many Sacramentans who shuffle through Sloughhouse do. We stopped at the Davis Ranch Farmer's Market for ears of corn, prized among locals as being the best available.
When we stepped back into the car, we had with us several pounds of peaches, plums, nectarines, in addition to a dozen ears of corn. Davis Ranch has a bountiful array of fresh produce this harvest time of year.
Sloughhouse is a verdant valley which acts as a floodplain for Deer Creek and the Cosumnes River. Prior to becoming known for its corn growing capacity, its land was mainly tended for the growth of hops. Traveling backward in time, a generation or so, would have you witnessing trellises of hops growing up V shaped wires 20+ feet or so.
Early history records that on a summer evening in 1840, William Daylor, one of John Sutter's cooks became one of the first noted white men to visit the area. Daylor came upon the valley while conducting a search for some of the livestock belonging to his boss.
The area was populated by Miwok Indians. Daylor later returned to the area with a friend, Jared Dixon Sheldon, who in 1844 acquired a Mexican land grant of approximately 20,000 acres. Sheldon had a reputation for getting along with the Indians.
For more history on the area you can click on the following link: Sloughhouse History
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