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History

Elk Grove traces its history back to 1850, when it was a stagecoach and hotel stop and became a crossroads for business, entertainment, mail service, and agriculture, as well as a base for gold miners. According to the city website, Main Street (Elk Grove Blvd.) was the dividing line between the properties of brothers Joseph and George Harvey Kerr, who purchased 320 acres in 1852. The town began on the Kerr property in 1868, when the Western Division of the Central Pacific Railroad traveled south across their property from Sacramento to Stockton. A depot was on the east side of the tracks, south of today's Elk Grove Blvd. "Old Town Elk Grove" is the heart of the city. It's where many businesses, the fire department, water services and the chamber of commerce got their start. Elk Grove also had their first high school in 1893 and the first free county library branch in 1908. The first city in California to incorporate in the 21st century, Elk Grove still has its roots in agriculture, with vineyards, dairy farms, cattle ranches and row crops. These days, there's also high technology and professional, commercial and retail services. Elk Grove is a wonderful place to both live and work!

Education

In Elk Grove, parents are assured that the schools are among the regions best! Elk Grove Unified School District is among top-performing districts statewide and nationwide. More than 80 languages and dialects are spoken in the district, which serves youngsters in kindergarten through 12th grade and offers special-education programs and adult education.

Communities

Elk Grove's range of Real Estate includes 1-5 acre rural ranchettes for people who might want to raise a family in a country-like setting. People can have livestock in an urban environment and among active-adult communities for people age 55 and older is Del Webb's Glenbrooke development and Heritage Lakeside. The city also has several retirement and senior living complexes, as well as many new home subdivisions and re-sale homes to chose from

Parks and Recreation

There are churches of nearly every denomination, a tremendous park system and youth programs. Elk Grove has more than 50 parks with picnic areas, softball fields, a skate park, swim center and several youth programs, including Camp Fire USA, Scouting, a Boys and Girls Club and a teen center.


Community Events

The city hosts community events each year such as the Dicken's Street Faire in Old Town. This event kicks off the yuletide with vendors and merchants in costume. Other events are the Festival of Lights Parade and lighting of the holiday tree after Thanksgiving, the Strauss Festival, a Fourth of July celebration, the Western Festival and Old Town Elk Grove's First Friday from April through December, featuring arts, crafts, and entertainment.

Hospitals

Methodist, Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health and Dignity Health.

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