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  1. Re. Boston
    I’m a direct descendant of the pioneer family that settled and farmed that land in1849. The family lived at the north levee confluence and farmed roughly 640 Acres north along the east bank of the Sacramento River to or just past what is today the main drainage channel for the Natomas Reclamation District. Two Sloughs and a street are named after him, Patrick Bannon. He also operated the raft ferry across the American, as well as raised cattle, and grew crops and orchard fruits. He died in 1863 after building a 2 story home at the NE corner of 6th and I street (now the County Jail). Possibly as a result of the river/railroad realignments.
    Anyway, I just found your site and am extremely excited to learn of your research. Please contact me as I would be happy to share some history.
    Mark Franzoia (6th Generation Native of Sacramento)


    • Thanks for the interest Mark! I’m always excited to encounter real serious Old Timers and your family was right in the middle of something that I’ve found very intriguing. I’ve long wondered about Bannon, who is a somewhat obscure person for the apparent turmoil that happened on his land. I think you’re exactly right about the realignments forcing the move, as my recent research has delved into what seems to be a sort of weaponized flood control that Sacramento City used to flush out its American River waterfront rivals, from Boston to Brighton. As for the western boundary of the farm, I strongly suspect it was the slough itself. I’ll send you a direct email for further discussion.


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