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Our History - (pages provided by Vintage Arden Arcade)

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Some of our buildings are architectural gems

Arden Arcade has been around for a while. Once it was the exclusive domain of the Nisenan of the Maidu tribe. Pioneer settlers who came to develop lands that were part of the original Rancho del Paso Mexican land grant deeded to John Sutter in 1843 became the area's first immigrants. The Gold Rush of 1849 set off massive changes, as fortune seekers poured through Sacramento and into the Mother Lode. In 1864 President Abraham Lincoln declared Arcade Creek to be the base of the Sierras, giving railroad Robber Barons free rein. Their workers, largely Chinese, formed a third wave of immigrants. As the 20th century approached, Arden Arcade was largely an agricultural area. But it had become significant as a breeding ground for racehorses, including a Kentucky Derby winner. World War II created another upheaval, with McClellan Field and other area Air Force bases being essential to the war effort. The post-war era was a boom time of suburban development - subdivisions, shopping centers and strip malls transformed the area's rural setting. As the 2oth century became the 21st century, Arden Arcade had evolved into an "old suburb": built-out, unincorporated and largely neglected by Sacramento County. Still, hope springs eternal. New waves of immigrants from Eastern Europe and later from the Middle East and war-torn Asia have made the community their home and added to the rich diversity of the community.