Local Area Stories

In this Section we capture individuals or groups discussing businesses, ranches and farms, schools and churches, community activities, unusual events, memorable characters, or historic happenings from the Greater Elk Grove area.

 

Business and Industry
Blacksmiths, auto dealers, insurance, water, electric and telephone companies, butcher shops and groceries, all were essential to the community. Agricultural businesses ranged from livestock, fruit, citrus and nut orchards, vineyards and wineries, hops, grains, strawberries and vegetables.

Important Eras

Each decade has historical significance: Land grants, gold rush, railroad, parks, fire department, post offices, water, telephone, electricity.

Historical Events

Each decade has historical significance: Land grants, gold rush, railroad, parks, fire department, post offices, water, telephone, electricity.

Social Setting

The fabric of the area begins at individual homes and ranches into small area communities which include social and fraternal clubs, churches, and benevolent groups with activities such as parades, dances, bonfires, and sports teams.

Schools and Cemeteries

Two essential community attributes often found adjacent to each other were one-room schools and cemeteries. This was a practical approach for setting aside land and facilitating upkeep and maintenance of these pieces of vital infrastructure.