Friday, August 31, 2007


Small Business Beware! Joining Walmart, Ikea and Target, The Home Depot and Lowe's will be competing for our home improvement dollars very soon. Photo by Barbara Smith

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Kamping Kabins at the KOA

A peaceful morning across the pond from the KOA Campground. A good place for bird watching because of its proximity to The Vic Fazio Yolo Wildlife Area located in the Yolo bypass. Photo by Barbara Smith

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Linden Park Playground

These boys are enjoying the new play structure at the Linden Park Playground.
Photo by Barbara Smith

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Gas and Camels

According to news reports yesterday -- Sacramento area had the lowest gas prices in California. Photo by Barbara Smith.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Got Tree?

The West Sacramento Tree Program continues to provide free trees to homes and businesses. Some folks are volunteering to plant them for residents that need assistance. Photo by Barbara Smith

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Whitey's Jolly Kone

Whitey's Jolly Kone: A long time favorite of West Sacramento old-timers who remember"Whitey Boisclair" behind the fountain. When the girls played Bobby Sox baseball, Whitey treated the winning teams to ice cream. In the end everybody met at Whitey's after the games so the loosing team could get a treat too! Photo by Barbara Smith

Above photo, Hal and Jack wait for their favorite -- a corn dog and milk shake
from Whitey's!

Saturday, August 25, 2007


Saturday morning at the skate board park.. Helmets and pads are highly recommended. Photo by Barbara Smith

Friday, August 24, 2007

Poquito Park

This pedestrian park (0.2) acres is located on Summerfield near Betty Way, and was originally named Patwin Park.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Remodeled Fire Station 41

Fire Station 41, one of West Sacramento's original fire stations, was built in 1939. The newly remodeled 4,000 square foot station has new living quarters, a community room, and exercise room. Photo by Barbara Smith.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Mike McGowan at Delta Gardens Grand Opening

Supervisor Mike McGowan and his grandson enjoyed the grand opening of the Delta Gardens Park. Mike McGowan served as the first mayor of West Sacramento when we became incorporated in 1987 and has been a good friend of our City.

Below is the new mascot for the West Sacrmento Parks and Recreation District, Mooie Armstrong, and the winner of the contest to name the mascot (I don't have his name...please email me if you know).
Photos by Barbara Smith

Tuesday, August 21, 2007


Ballatore Spumante was introduced in 1984. Try it with Chocolate Mousse Cake,
what a way to end a summer day. Photo by Barbara Smith

Monday, August 20, 2007

River City High School (aka James Marshall High)

James Marshall High School home of the "Wildcats" was built in 1954. In 1979, it was consolidated with Washington High School to form River City High School. Photo by Barbara Smith

My memories of the Class of 64'- A four year high school, our graduating class had over 300 students. We had open campus and could walk home for lunch. The Marshall Wildcats belonged to the Golden Empire League--and had championship football, track and baseball teams. Principal was Mr. Lockhart and the yearbook was named the "Argonaut". We painted our names on the street in front of the high school to celebrate our graduation. It as the "hards" vs the "surfers" boyfriend had a Chevy Nomad station wagon with a surfboard mounted on top.
On Friday nights we all would hang out at Kelly's Drive-in and order suicide cokes--then drive in to Sacramento to cruise K Street. The kids from our side of the river had the reputation of being "BAD" back then. On Saturday nights we would go to the Old State Fair Grounds to the dances held at the Governor's Hall to dance and enter the dance contests. At the end of the night, the fighting would start. We had to duck down to keep from getting hit with folding chairs being thrown across the room. When the Paddy Wagon pulled up at the door everyone scrammed and it usually drove off with a fair amount of "West Sac, Broderick and Bryte kids" loaded inside. On Sundays we would beg for a ride out to Helvetia Park on the old River Road to Woodland. After our swim we would eat the home made French fries from the snack bar.

Do you have a memory of going to this high school? If so, please add your comment.

Sunday, August 19, 2007


The "POW-MIA YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN" flag hanging at the Western Truck School in
West Sacramento reminds us that Freedom is not free. Photo by Barbara Smith.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Southport Thistle

The thistle is the national flower of Scotland. Legend has it that a Viking attacker stepped on one at night and cried out, so alerting the defenders of a Scottish castle. Photo by Alexis Sanborn, West Sacramento.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Five "Twins"

West Sacramento Little League T-Ball players warmed up before their opening day game. The "Twins" were sponsored by River Cities Funeral Chapel.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

City Hall Galleria

West Sacramento Civic Center West Sacramento, California
Brown Construction Company, Project Features:• 64,000 sq. ft. • Architect: DLR Group-Vitiello
Photo by Barbara Smith

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Buddhist Nuns in West Sacramento

Members of the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association.

In June of 2006, the City of West Sacramento presented a proclamation recognizing the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association for their donation of land to the City of West Sacramento for the Tower Bridge Gateway Modification Project.
Photo by Barbara Smith

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Raley Field: Home of the River Cats

Evening River Cats Game. The 2007 season marks the Sacramento River Cats eighth year in our City.
Photo by Barbara Smith.

Raley Field street view. Photo by Debbie

Monday, August 13, 2007

MS Star Herdla

The MS "Star Herdla" heads home. Sacramento's deep-water port, connects to
the San Francisco Bay via a 43-mile channel. Photo taken on Jefferson Boulevard by Barbara Smith.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Saturday, August 11, 2007

The Senator Garage-Golden Eagle Gas

Upper:The old Senator Garage building, 521 C Street was built in 1915
and is on the list of historical sites and buildings in West Sacramento.
Photo by D. Norton Johnson.
Lower: Senator Garage Gas Pumps.
Golden Eagle was the California brand for
Wasatch Oil Company of Utah which was later acquired by Ultramar. Photo by Christy Jourdan.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Caveat emptor

Latin for "Let the buyer beware" generally was the property law doctrine that controlled the sale of real property after the date of 'closing'. Photo submitted by D. Norton-Johnson, August 2007.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

8 Flags Flying at the Fuel Cell Partnership

The California Fuel Cell Partnership is a collaboration of 31 organizations that believe fuel cell vehicles powered by hydrogen have the potential to change the future of transportation. Photo by Barbara Smith, August 2007.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Harmony on the River

Barbara and Buddy Linker dance to cajun music at the River Walk. Photo taken by J. Aalund.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Field of Poppies

A California Poppy Field in West Sacramento under the I-80 bridge on Jefferson Blvd. April 2007 by AMoresco.

Praying In West Sacramento

Praying Mantis photo taken by Gabe Helms, on the grounds of the Best Western Harbor Inn, August 2007

Monday, August 6, 2007

Juan BBQ's Oysters

Neighborhood BBQ in West Sacramento - Oysters on the Grill. Photo by Christy.

The Minnows swim class at the River City HS Pool. Photo by Christy.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

USPS West Sacramento Distribution Center

The 573,000-square-foot mail facility is a major U.S. Postal Service hub in Northern California, employing more than 1,200 people and processing 8 to 10 million pieces of mail daily. Photo by Barbara Smith.