For those who recently learned that West Sacramento is its own city in an entirely different county, we’re back with some more local history — how Elk Grove has preserved its rich history since becoming a part of Sacramento County.
Elk Grove was incorporated into the county in July 2000, 132 years after the first railroads were constructed on the city’s land. This added ~75,000 county residents, making it the second largest city in Sacramento County. It was also the first city in California to incorporate during the 21st century.
All these adjustments began drawing in a lot of national attention, leading Elk Grove to see its turn-of-the-century boom. According to the US Census Bureau, Elk Grove was the fastest-growing city in the US from July 2004-2005. This growth also brought about the desire to preserve Old Town’s original history. So in November 2005, local authorities dedicated $6 million for the restoration, revitalization, and preservation of Old Town Elk Grove.
Want to experience classic city celebrations? Stop by these major events coming up this year.
The 28th Annual Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival is happening on Sat., Oct. 1 + Sun., Oct 2. — home to an official California weigh-off site for the national Giant Pumpkin Contest since 1998. The hometown fall festival also has crafts, food, and games for the entire family.
Old Town Elk Grove closes its streets to automobiles every year on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving for the annual Dickens Faire — an old fashioned street fair with live music, vendors, family photo opportunities with Santa, and more.
If you’re looking to learn more from locals, head to the Elk Grove Historical Society, 9941 East Stockton Blvd., to dive into the city’s past with its preservationists.