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Sacramento’s Old City Cemetery is Listed on the National Register of Historic Places!
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Sacramento’s Old City Cemetery is Listed on the National Register of Historic Places!

The City of Sacramento and Center for Sacramento History have recently been informed that the Old City Cemetery in Sacramento has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places in America.  The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation’s historic places worthy of preservation.  Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of the a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources.  The Old City Cemetery was accepted at the national level of significance and as an historic district. 

Already listed on the State’s and City of Sacramento’s historic registers, the Old City Cemetery is a very unique property located in the City of Sacramento and is overseen by the City of Sacramento and Center for Sacramento History.

“The Old City Cemetery is one of the most historically significant properties in Sacramento and, in fact, is the oldest public cemetery west of the Mississippi River,” said Sacramento City Historian Marcia Eymann. “The cemetery contains the graves of a number of persons of outstanding importance, whose activities determined the course of events in local, state and national history, and has important historic association from Sacramento and California’s early period of settlement.”

The Cemetery derives its primary significance from its association with the historic transformation of Sacramento from a Gold Rush–era boomtown to a well-established, political and economic hub for the region.  It is also an excellent representation of a cultural cemetery landscape developed during its period of significance, with a high degree of integrity. 

Being listed on the National Register of Historic Places is both prestigious and important for the historic site as it provides additional protection for its continued preservation and recognition for its important place in the nation’s history. 

For more information about the Old City Cemetery please visit www.oldcitycemetery.com or the Center for Sacramento History at www.cityofsacramento.org/ccs/history

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