The beginnings

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When the first roads were bulldozed into the new center, there was just about nothing here.


San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto, right, attended the dedication ceremonies for the Operating Engineers' facility.

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October 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.

January 1969: The county Zoning Board of Adjustment approves a use permit for an Operating Engineers' training center on the north bank of the Cosumnes.

April 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 runway.

April 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.

November 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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