A few months ago, I purchased an eBay offering of a Thomson Diggs bill-head from 1924; they seem to crop up fairly regularly. The bill-head includes an illustration of the original portion of the Thomson Diggs building on R Street. The current building is much bigger than this early nucleus. It later included a first floor expansion on the West side (to the right of the building in the illustration) and then later still additional floors were added on top of that expansion. This illustration was one Thomson Diggs used in their 1920s catalogs that I've seen down at the Center for Sacramento History. Also of note is warehouse to the left of the main building. I think either this is an earlier and smaller version of the warehouse that I've seen later pictures of, or the picture is keeping this corrugated warehouse shorter than it was in reality. Perhaps this was done on purpose to not block the view of the main building.
...wherein I write about the research and modeling efforts around my personal history project: the R Street corridor in Sacramento California.
Ultimately my goal is to build a HO scale model railroad layout along three walls of a spare bedroom. As a start, I plan to build one or two modules for the Sacramento Modular Railroaders club. Both the home layout and the modules will be based on how R Street looked in August 1950. The modules will spotlight some of my favorite buildings that I won't be able to fit in my spare bedroom layout. The bedroom layout will cover R street from 2nd street up to about 7th Street.
Along the way I'm happily discovering offshoots and travelling down strange tangents in history triggered by my research on the railroads, industries and people that inhabited R Street.
So, let's explore this gritty industrial corridor and all the facets of history that are connected with it. Your comments and questions are more than welcome. Feel free to contact me at wpcon2008(the at symbol)yahoo.com.