Business Journal: Rail Yards May Join Historic Registry
Downtown Sacramento’s Rail Yards could join Old Sacramento on the nation’s Historic Register. The Business Journal’s Shana Lynch has more.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Several historical groups, with the support of the city and then California State Parks department, submitted the district as a candidate for the National Register of Historic Places. Being listed on the register adds historical significance to the area, but it also comes with tax credits and possible grants for restoration projects. If the district wins the designation, it would be in the heart of the Railyards project, which is 240 acres Thomas Enterprises bought last year for redevelopment.
The 39-acre district dates back to 1863. It was the western end to the Transcontinental Railroad, which linked California to Nebraska. Seven buildings on the site date back to the end of the last century.
The district is adjacent to Old Sacramento, the city’s No. 1 tourism draw. Old Sacramento has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1964.