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Business, landmark milestones in 2010

The past year saw Sacramento businesses, cultural icons and landmarks from Tower Bridge to Cafe Marika celebrate significant milestones.

Most notable was the Crocker Art Museum’s 125th birthday on May 8. That was just one aspect of the museum’s big year, which included the completion of a decade-long expansion project that opened Oct. 10. For more details about the Crocker in 2010, click here.

The North Sacramento Land Company turned 100 in September, and the company’s president, Bob Slobe, credited the business’ longevity to staying small and having deep roots in the community. To read more about the company’s history and its ties to the California State Railroad Museum, click here.

Also celebrating a birthday in 2010 was Tower Bridge, which turned 75 Dec. 15. Built during the Great Depression, the bridge replaced an older one connecting Sacramento and West Sacramento that had become too congested with traffic. In order to make it easy on the eyes, metal cladding was added to the sides to give it an Art Deco feel and provide some aesthetic covering to what would otherwise have been just a steel frame.

Read more about Tower Bridge’s history here and read more about the birthday celebration itself here.

The Iceland Skating Rink at 1430 Del Paso Blvd. was destroyed by a fire in March (for details, read articles by clicking here, here and here, celebrated its 70th birthday in November and reopened as an outdoor rink earlier this month after the community worked to help clean up the building, which had not been insured against fire. Members of the Kerth family, which owns the arena, said they are planning to rebuild the facility.

At 35 years, the Fox and Goose Pub at 1001 R St. is still providing Sacramentans with English pub fare and decor in the spot it has been in since January of 1975. The R Street corridor on which it sits is undergoing streetscape improvements designed to maintain the street’s historic feel while providing modern amenities. The R Street businesses are staying open during the construction, and more information on the Fox and Goose is available here.

In the 1980s, two Czechoslovakians emigrated to the United States and found their way to Sacramento where, a few years later, they opened Cafe Marika, 2011 J St, in 1990. They celebrated 20 years in business and continue to serve authentic European cuisine from places like Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. To read more about their story, click here.

Do you have a milestone from the past year you’d like to share? Feel free to add to this list in the conversation below.

Brandon Darnell is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press.

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