In 1852, brothers Joseph and George Kerr, purchased the 320 acres of land that would later become Elk Grove. Once the railroad made its way south of Sacramento and into Elk Grove, around 1868, businessmen began to see the area’s potential. As time went on, Elk Grove saw a massive increase in new businesses, establishing the area as a hub for west-bound travelers and businessmen.
In 1892, a disastrous fire broke out, nearly destroying the entire area. Bob’s Club, a saloon built in 1867, was the only building to survive and is the oldest building still standing in Elk Grove. Following the destruction, many buildings were rebuilt and can be admired to this day. Roughly 132 years after the railroad was built, The City of Elk Grove was founded. Almost everything done in the city today can trace its origins back to the railroad tracks, which still run through the center of Old Town.
A Special Planning Area (SPA) has been established in order to protect and preserve the historic character of Old Town. Serving as a master plan to guide the future of Elk Grove, the SPA regulates architectural design standards, zoning regulations, and the process for new development.
Want to get a closer look into how Elk Grove came to be? Download the walking tour, “Discover the History of This Jewel We Call Old Town."