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June 27, 2012

Historic California governor’s mansion to remain open

Filed under: California — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 12:26 pm

I read this in the Sacramento Bee newspaper this morning:

“Sacramento’s lavish Victorian-style Governor’s Mansion will remain open as a state park…”

The mansion had been scheduled to close on July 1, 2012 due to state budget cuts.  It was saved as a state park by donations, totaling $100,000, from Raley’s grocery and the Church of Scientology.

Historic California Governor’s mansion is currently a state park. (Click on the photo for a larger size)

Old photo of the Governor’s mansion when the tree in the front yard was still small

The California Governor’s mansion is located at 1526 H Street in downtown Sacramento.  It was used as the home for 13 California governors during a period of 64 years.  The last governor to live there was Ronald Reagan, who stayed there for 3 months, before Nancy Reagan insisted on moving to the Fabulous Forties, which is Sacramento’s most beautiful downtown subdivision.

The donations will allow the mansion to remain open to visitors Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for at least one more year.

California Governor’s mansion in Sacramento, CA

The California Governor’s mansion

The large tree with the pink flowers is a magnolia tree; the large bush on the right side of the photo is a camellia bush.  The photo below shows a close-up of the pink flowers on the magnolia tree.

Close-up of flowers on a magnolia tree

March 14, 2011

A house with big old shade trees — one of the things I never had

Filed under: California — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:20 am

A song recorded by Kay Star back in 1956 has been on my mind lately. The lyrics had the lines “a house with big old shade trees” and “the things I never had.”

Governor's mansion in Sacramento, CA

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November 6, 2010

Governor’s mansion in Sacramento, the capital of California

Filed under: California — Tags: — furtherglory @ 2:36 pm

The Governor's Mansion in Sacramento, CA

In the Spring of 1967, I was taking photographs in a residential section of Sacramento called “the Fabulous Forties.”  This is like the Beverly Hills of Sacramento, where some of the wealthiest inhabitants of Sacramento live.  All of a sudden a big, black car drove up and several men in dark suits leaped out and rudely ordered me to stop taking photos. I didn’t know what in the hell was going on.   (more…)