Northern California embodies the outlaw, gunslinging sense of the wild west. Being that I've grown up hearing the legends of the known pioneers (as well as the not so known) of California, the underground tunnels in old town Sacramento have always had a hold on my imagination. Old town sac is a blend of the old with the souvenir shops of the new. A place of layers. You look at it...old. Look closer...touristy. Then look closer and realize it's a section that's adapted to preserve the history of the past; as well as sell people what they really desire(govenator key chains and copious amounts of salt water taffy). We bought our tickets at the museum entrance and waited for the tour to begin. With visions of miles of tunnels and opium addicts dancing in my head, it was on. Our guide assumed the character of a real life banker from the time, and proceeded to take us down the dusty streets, and through the alleys telling us of his life. He told us of the natural disasters that hit Sacramento, the reason the river front side had to be build up. Then we got to the door with the master lock(booya). As we walked through the threshold a heavy stank air hits you. The tour goes through an underground alleyway and into a pretty large open room, with archeological finds still in their grid zones. Then back out the door with the master lock. Overall I'm glad I did it, great history lesson for sure. But the deviant side of me wished the tour included more of the darker history,(More of a family friendly tour) more tunnels to explore, and more time on the tour.
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