#0525 Sutter's Fort


#0525 Sutter's Fort

Site information:

Sutter's Fort State Historic Park, 27th and L Sts, Sacramento

Plaque located inside the fort. Fee required for access during operating hours.


Plaque information:

Surprisingly, there is no plaque which relates directly to the fort. There are numerous informational signs around. The plaque in the photo is more about Sutter himself, though it mentions the fort. I have heard that plaque has gone missing or been removed.

Sutter plaque text:

General John A. Sutter February 15, 1808 – June 18, 1880

Swiss Immigrant. Founder of New Helvetia, the beginning of Sacramento. Builder of Sutter’s Fort. A man of vision and compassion who deserves the respect and gratitude of Americans and Swiss.

Donated by the people of Switzerland, Swiss Americans and Friends, the United Swiss Lodge of California-Sacramento. October 10, 1987.

OHP description:

John Augustus Sutter, born of Swiss parents in Germany, arrived in New York in July 1834 and in California in July 1839. He founded the fort in 1839 to protect 'New Helvetia,' his 76-square-mile Mexican land grant. Of the original fort, the two-story central building, made of adobe and oak, remains, the fort's outer walls and rooms, which had disappeared by the 1860s, were reconstructed after the State acquired the property in 1890.

Registered 11/1/1954