The Old Towns of Greater Sacramento

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

Those who follow my blog have learned I have a special affection for Old Sacramento, and the numerous annual events that occur there.  

Another Old Town favorite is Gold Rush Days which in the past was held on Labor Day weekend, but this year will occur on Memorial Day weekend.  Also, the California State Railroad Museum is in Old Sacramento!

However, I also want to share other delightful Old Town adventures in other Sacramento County towns and communities.  Each has a special flavor and quaint personality, which goes back to the time of their early roots and beginnings.
Old Town Folsom

As one travels east out of the city of Sacramento, along highway 50, they can take the Folsom Boulevard exit, and meander a mile or two over to Old Town Folsom. Folsom is one of our Gold Rush, Mother Lode towns, which had its beginnings in the raucous days of California’s Gold Rush. In the past two decades, Folsom has grown to a vibrant city within Sacramento County, which still reveres its historical past.  In 2010-2011, Old Town Folsom underwent a restoration to preserve and revitalize areas in need of handicap accessibility, and a new sewer system.  It continues to be a delightful place to visit, with several antique shops, and cafes and restaurants.
Old Town Elk Grove

Old Town Elk Grove, has also maintained its historical past.  The town exists south of the city of Sacramento, along highway 99.  When I was a kid, Elk Grove was almost completely a rural community.  The business district back then, wasn’t much more than a 2 or 3 block area.  In today’s world, the city of Elk Grove, has expanded dramatically, as has Folsom.  The 2010 census states the population of Elk Grove is 153,000.  That was about the size of the entire population of Sacramento County, when I was a kid!
Old Fair Oaks Village Bridge

Old Fair Oaks Village is in another of Sacramento County’s cities and communities, which have treasured their historical past and honored it, by keeping it alive and well.  Other than by water, the Old Fair Oaks Bridge was once the only transportation from one side of the American River to the other, at that section of the waterway.  When nearby Sunrise Bridge completed a widening, in the late 1960s, the old landmark bridge continued as a foot and bike bridge.  In addition to older historic buildings, the charm of Fair Oaks Village comes from a population of chickens, which rule the roost, and add entertainment to delight visitors. 



Comments (20)

Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Myrl. I really enjoy hearing about your areas. I enjoyed this a lot but I wouldn't enjoy the free range chickens. I am really terrified of chickens.

Mar 31, 2019 04:40 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Sheila Anderson - In Fair Oaks Village the chickens aren't aggressive, but they will come toward you at times, especially if they sense you have food for them!  They add a lot of charm.

Mar 31, 2019 04:45 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Myrl... there's nothing I enjoy more than visiting "old towns." I love history and seeing it with my own eyes is always a treat for me.

Mar 31, 2019 04:57 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Love your photos and love your descriptions.  California is so much than what people associate it with.  Thank you for sharing these places with us.  I did not get to Fair Oaks  Village...when we lived up North.  A

Mar 31, 2019 06:49 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Myrl Jeffcoat - What a wonderful local post.  I love looking at the history of different areas.  You have done a fabulous job with this. Thank you for sharing. 

Mar 31, 2019 08:09 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, Myrl - it's interesting to me to see the different interpretations of "old towns" in the various areas of our cities.  They can vary so much in "age" as well as what can be found.  I like discovering new-to-me places.  It's an adventure.  

Mar 31, 2019 09:17 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Some day, Myrl, if you're feeling adventurous, you should hop on the Light Rail out in Rancho Cordova and take it to Folsom. From my house in Land Park, it takes about 30 minutes on the Light Rail to Folsom, but your house is closer and then you don't have to drive.

True, you might have to endure people with eyeballs rolled back in their heads bouncing up and down and singing very loudly, but small price to pay for not driving down Highway 50.

Mar 31, 2019 09:49 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Myrl it is easy to see why Old Sacramento is a favorite of yours.  It would be mine to if I lived closer.

Mar 31, 2019 11:39 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Nina Hollander - There is something really special about revisiting some of the original footprints to our towns and cities.  I remember years ago, visiting Olvera Street, in Los Angeles.  I believe it is the oldest street in the city. 

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - Yes, California is.  Although, I was born in Kansas, I have lived in the Greater Sacramento area since the age of 3 weeks.  For years, I would pass by special places, not taking them into account.  But, as time has gone by, I have learned to appreciate them more! 

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - I'm glad you like them!  Thanks for visiting!

Mar 31, 2019 12:28 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Myrl Jeffcoat ,

I love the posts you do on Old Sacramento..I can see why the history is so appealing. Your photos and information is so interesting. It just shows how each part of our country has such diverse adventures depending on its history.

Mar 31, 2019 12:30 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Michael Jacobs - I often enjoy finding Old Towns that are New to Me! Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1% - Actually, I have taken light rail to Old Town Folsom.  The other riders can be as you described from Mather Zinfandel to downtown.  However, they seem to clean up from Sunrise on into Folsom.  All that being said, I don't mind driving to Folsom.  It's only about 10 minutes or less.  Also, you don't need to take Highway 50 if you don't want to.  You can drive Folsom Boulevard from near you, on into Folsom.  It would take longer however, but it can be done.  Folsom Boulevard, is actually the old Historic highway 50.  

George Souto - There are many other interesting areas in the Greater Sacramento region.  These are only a few!

Mar 31, 2019 12:33 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good information to share with area residents and visitors.

Mar 31, 2019 02:28 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I have only been to Sacramento once but if i come back this is a must.

Mar 31, 2019 04:03 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you for sharing your introduction to greater Sacramento Myrl Jeffcoat 

Mar 31, 2019 09:22 PM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I enjoy old towns too, these are look like very fun places to visit with fun things to do!

Apr 01, 2019 08:12 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I love the historical areas where I live.  If I lived in Sacramento, there's no doubt I would be visiting these historic places regularly.

Apr 01, 2019 12:03 PM
Faye Y. Taylor
StepStone Realty, LLC - Floresville, TX
Homes for Sale Floresville, La Vernia &San Antonio

The pic of Fair Oaks bridge takes me back to my childhood when we had that type of bridge.  The much older bridge was to the south and all that is left now is the pillars as no one preserved it.  The one I remember is long gone replaced by the new modern bridge wich has no character.   What is sad / funny is we have a picnic area under the bridge by the San Antonio River that was a popular place when I was a child.  We had family reunions there as well as school outings, etc.  There were concrete tables and benches.  Taking my kids down there about 10 years ago it was shocking to see the sand almost up to the table tops on the ones closer to the river.  I guess the topography is changing with the floods.  The recent floods have returned the sand to the river.  The tables were concrete because that level flooded almost to the base of the bridge and the tables were deeply under water. 

Apr 01, 2019 02:59 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Morning Myrl Jeffcoat.  I love history of old towns and your blog is so interesting.  Thanks for sharing with us here in the Rain!


Apr 03, 2019 08:42 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Myrl Jeffcoat - I am captivated by historical events that occurred in various parts of the country that I was not aware of previously. I see you as an historian. Someone who believes in the preservation of history. Thank you for sharing and documenting with excellent content and photos historical information I did not know until today. It was very fascinating and interesting too!

Apr 04, 2019 06:25 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Myrl in the past 22 years we have landed in Sacramento twice and all we did was move to our destination...clearly next time Diane & I will have to add Old Town to our must visit destinations, Endre

Apr 04, 2019 10:34 PM