As Sacramento Public Library archivist James Scott says, the idea of Rancho Cordova is intricately tied to the idea of California. Rancho Cordova’s story, like California’s story, is one of an insatiable urge of a nation to lean west, to carve out new frontiers, to innovate and to create community.
Now, the story of Rancho Cordova gets the screen treatment in a new documentary film by local historian Bill George called “Rancho Cordova: From Gold Rush to Space.”
The film shows how Rancho Cordova “played a major role in the Gold Rush, the emergence of American air power in World War I and World War II, the strategic defense of the United States during the Cold War, and the efforts to put man on the moon.” It premiered Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Mills Station Arts & Culture Center.
The film is about “the involvement of one city, relatively small, in the affairs of the nation, in terms of its defense and its space exploration,” said George. “To have such a huge effect, what does that do to a community?”
The documentary features commentary from well-known faces in the Rancho Cordova and Sacramento regions, including Rancho Cordova Vice Mayor Linda Budge, Council Member David Sander, Cordova Community Council Executive Director Shelly Blanchard and Executive Director of the Sacramento Country Office of Education Steven Winlock, among others.