Amateur The Washington Public School District was organized in 1856.
Amateur and the land was donated by Margaret McDowell, now married to Dr. Enos C. Taylor, her third husband, and renamed Mrs. Margaret Taylor
The school district still serves West Sacramento, and built three local schools within the first decade of its existence.
Local flooding that had occurred almost annually had alarmed Yolo County residents
who voted to move the county seat to Cacheville (now Yolo) in 1857.
However, residents disliked their choice because Cacheville was so isolated and small, and moved the county seat back to Washington.
Unfortunately the weather proved disastrous in the winter of 1861-62, and in 1862 the voters held a special election to vote a permanent county seat.
The county seat was elected to be Woodland to the dislike of Washingtonians.
Amateur Another heavy blow to the already downtrodden Washington residents was the completion of a bridge
to Sacramento located roughly where the I Street Bridge is located today.
Travelers coming from the Bay Area now had no reason to stop in Washington on their way to Sacramento.
There was no need to use the local ferries because the toll bridge was cheaper.
Economic optimism increased in Washington when the California Pacific Railroad reached the town in November 1868.
The outcome wasn’t quite as hoped for. Property values did not increase, and had actually decreased in comparison to the Gold Rush days.
In addition to that, a new junction was completed in Davisville (now Davis) that headed towards Woodland, diverting rail traffic from Washington.
Furthermore, in 1870 Cal-P reconstructed the I Street Bridge to withstand the weight of rail cars, so the rail line could reach Sacramento.