The Sacramento California Temple sits on a hill overlooking foothills and lakes. In 1971, the land the temple sits on, 47 acres, was purchased from Aerojet General Corp. Onsite is a center that is used for church activities. There was some resistance to the height and illumination of the spire. In the end, the church agreed to lower the height of the spire by 20 feet, down to 131-feet.
Around 1850, several overland pioneer companies made their way to California, including the Donner-Reed Party in 1846. Sutter's Mill was one of the places the pioneers settled after reaching the valley. The church grew rapidly as more members moved into the area. There are now 7 temples in California. The highest number of temples in one state next to Utah. The temple came as an answer to prayers for the members in the area, who were used to making the drive to Oakland to attend temple services.
There is quite a bit of history in Sacramento, the pioneers, but also the gold rush brought many people to California. The Old Sacramento (Old Sac) area brings history to the forefront with museums, horse-drawn stagecoaches and tours underground where you can see the old city's excavated foundations. The best place to see some of this history and some pioneer artifacts is Sutter's Fort State Historic Park. This area really does have some great museums. For those interested in trains, the California State Railroad Museum has many restored railroad cars to see. The California Automobile Museum is another interesting place to see some of California's history related to the auto industry. To learn even more about Sacramento's past, view the California State Capitol and Museum to see 19th century architecture. If art is more your style, the Crocker Art Museum is one of the leading art museums in California.
Sacramento may not have as many attractions or the fast pace of some of the surrounding cities, but it does have fantastic weather most days, although it can get extremely hot in the summer with temperatures over 100 degrees. It is still considered a large urban area with many choices for cuisine. The farm-to-table theme is present in many restaurants in this area. Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Company is a great place to see this concept first hand. Jack's Urban Eats serves consistently good food for a price that won't break the bank. Mikuni Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar offers some really tasty sushi. Go meet the chef, owner and namesake at Biba. Authentic Italian recipes handed down for generations and somewhat of a celebrity in this area. You'll be sure to get a delicious meal here and excellent service. For a special treat, you must experience the old-fashioned churned ice cream at Gunther's Quality Ice Cream. It will be the richest and creamiest ice cream you will ever taste. There are many more fantastic restaurants to try. Go forth, eat and conquer!