Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, California

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park
Sacramento, Sacramento County, California


aerial overview of historic fort
Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, California. Sutter’s Fort SHP photo

Swiss immigrant John Sutter built a settlement on a land grant received from the Mexican government in the Sacramento Valley in 1839. Named New Helvetia, the community became a destination for early immigrants to California, and John Sutter was known for providing aid and comfort to overland travelers, including the Donner Party in 1847.  But after gold was discovered on the site Sutter’s properties were overrun by gold seekers – all the remains is the restored fort.


The park is in midtown Sacramento, located between K and L Streets and 26th and 28th Streets.

From I-80, take Business 80/Highway 50 east. Take the Business 80 exit (north towards Reno) to the N Street turn off. Travel straight on 30th Street then turn left under the freeway at L Street to the fort, which is on the right.

The park is open to the public and is administered by the California Department of Parks and Recreation.

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