the first roads were bulldozed into the new center, there
was just about nothing here.
Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto, right, attended the dedication
ceremonies for the Operating Engineers' facility.
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1965: Real estate developers George Artz and Charles Bowman
ask the County Planning Commission for zoning that would
allow them to subdivide along the Cosumnes River
in the near future. Artz says he hopes to begin developing
a community called Rancho Murieta with about 30 one-acre
lots on the south side of the river within three years.
1969: The county Zoning Board of Adjustment approves a use
permit for an Operating Engineers' training center
on the north bank of the Cosumnes.
1969: The County Planning Commission approves preliminary
plans for what the Sacramento Bee calls "a vast residential
community which will take advantage of the natural beauty
of rolling, tree-studded ranch land along the Cosumnes
River." Eventually, the developers say, 3,000 acres
on both sides of the river will be developed for homes,
townhomes, mobile homes, five elementary schools, a junior
high school and shopping centers. There are further plans
for a 27-hole golf course and an airport with a 3,800-foot
1969: The Pension Trust Fund of Operating Engineers Local
3 names a manager for its Rancho Murieta Properties Inc.
development. The pension trust says the development has
a twofold purpose -- to deliver a return on the investment
and to serve as a training ground for the union's
trainees, who operate earth-moving equipment.
1969: Dedication ceremonies are held for the 15-acre Operating
Engineers training facility, on the site of the planned
Rancho Murieta development. San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto
is the dedication speaker.
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