Sacramento's Newton Booth and Poverty Ridge

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In Gold Rush–era Sacramento, turbulent floodwaters chased early citizens to a temporary island—a prominent hill near the Sacramento and American Rivers that came to be known as Poverty Ridge. In the ensuing years, as small farms developed across the southeastern corner of the original city grid, a two-room wooden schoolhouse was erected to serve the educational needs of surrounding families and was named in honor of California’s 11th governor, Newton Booth. The surrounding neighborhood came to share the school’s name. Since the 1850s, Poverty Ridge and Newton Booth have been home to Gold Rush pioneers, gifted vintners and brewers, devout nuns and nurses, celebrated authors, media giants, and larger-than-life politicians, all with visions of a better life—a California life.
ISBN: 9781467105293
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 198
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Sean Manwaring, a local historic preservationist and resident of Newton Booth and Poverty Ridge, paints a vibrant picture of the people and events that shaped the origins and evolution of these two distinctive Sacramento neighborhoods. Manwaring serves as a board officer of the Newton Booth Neighborhoods Association (NBNA) and helped lead the design and installation of historic street markers—with an accompanying walking history guide—for the Poverty Ridge and Newton Booth Historic Districts.
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