The first European outpost in the California interior was Sutter's Fort, built in 1839. Sacramento founder, John Sutter, chose this site to lay down roots when he arrived in Sacramento in 1839. Sutter built the fort to help protect ownership of some 50,000 surrounding acres granted to him by the Mexican Government.
The restored adobe fort has relics of pioneer and Gold Rush days. A diorama depicts life in the fort's early years.
The facility is closed New Years Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The Fort is open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Self guided tours with audio wands make exploring the fort's exhibit rooms both educational and fun.