|The outfit - Photo by Lorena Beightler|
(Sorry about the pictures, my tripod is still broken)
We met at Fremont Park and rode over to the historic Sacramento cemetery for a tour. The tour was fascinating with tales of the wild west and lawless early years of Sacramento and the men and women who carved out a city in the chaos.
Like Maria, a beautiful and brilliant saloon owner on K Street during the peak of the gold rush. She was every man's dream then and many wanted to marry her, but she was engaged to a doctor in San Fransisco. One man in particular really wanted to marry her and she continually refused his advances. Until one night while she was entertaining her usual clients at the piano and this suitor slid up next to her on the bench put his arm around her and shoved a knife in between her ribs.
She died that night of blood loss in her bedroom above her saloon.
Her fiance never married and died five years after Maria. He donated his body to science except one piece. His heart was sent to Sacramento and buried next to Maria.
|Maria's grave marker|
|Lorena of Sac Cycle Chic and organizer of the ride.|
|These are children's tombs, marked with lambs.|
|Chill'n at the Coffee Garden after a very chic ride.|
|Bike's parked at the cemetery|