Echoes of Yesterday
“Echoes of Yesterday: Elk Grove, An Inside View of
Historic Sites” by Lance Armstrong is a 374-page, 38-
chapter book with more than 1,200 photographs and
original artwork by Elk Grove area artists.

It is a collection of historical information that
Armstrong compiled through many hours of
interviews and the research of historical records.

The book, which covers the history of Elk Grove from
its mid-19th century beginnings through the early part
of the 20th century, features stories of many of the
area’s sites and the lives of its residents, both past
and present.

These histories, which include the 1850s story of
James Hall, the founder of Elk Grove, also contain
chapters about the Elk Grove Library, Elk Grove High
School, the Elk Grove Fire Department, Elk Grove
Park, Bob’s Club, Foulks Ranch, Derr Lumber, Elk
Grove Cemeteries, Carl Amundson’s Movie Theaters,
the Elk Grove Airport, EG Food Mart, Colton Ranch,
Mosher Ranch, the Pizza Barn, the Odd Fellows
Building, the Hasman Building, Williamson Ranch, and
the Y-Not Club.

The dream for this book began and ended as a labor
of love to preserve the rich history of this section of
Sacramento County – a history that was fading so fast
that for many longtime residents it nearly seemed
overnight that their rural, agricultural town of about
50,000 in about 1990 became transformed through
development and recognized by major newspapers
throughout the nation as the fastest growing city in
the United States, from July 1, 2004 to July 1, 2005.

Today, the city’s population exceeds more than
136,000 residents.

Although many historical accounts of Elk Grove,
which became an incorporated city on July 1, 2000,
have been lost forever, the historical information
gathered together and documented in this book
should provide increasing importance with each
passing day.
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