Sutter’s Fort With A Boom

Sutter’s Fort State Park, in Downtown Sacramento, has re-enactments of life in the 1840’s.

This was a real fort in the middle of nowhere, with many hostile groups surrounding the area. They built these doors with cannons on each side

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People came out here in these tiny wagons, apparently everyone walked while their stuff was transported in the wagon by ox

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Weaving was a big deal, as clothing protected everyone from the elements, they had a lady demonstrating its use

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They had a selection of bright, naturally-colored yarns

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Blue came from indigo, derived from the plant of the same name

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The browns were made from cutch, derived from the bark of an acacia tree

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A still was all-important to the early settlers

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This is a flour mill, where raw wheat was crushed between stones to create the fine-grained sustenance of life

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They used milling stones like these to make their flower

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An oven like this was used to make bread. I got to try some of their original recipe breads freshly-baked, they were amazingly flavorful

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They used these giant pots to feed the many, many families that lived in the fort

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The blacksmith shop was up, running and hot

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A docent showed us how they created various items

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They probably didn’t make gun barrels at this fort, but they were clearly well-armed

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He also makes all these cool rope holders, used when they cordon off an area for the cannon firing, below. Some had ram’s head decorations on front

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A few times a day they fire one of the original cannons without the iron ball, here they are prepping by shoving the powder in, a few moments later and…

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BOOM! It was really loud

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Outside the fort, I couldn’t tell if it was a chicken or a duck

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Also out in front were some very cute turtles sunning themselves

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