Friday, June 21, 2013

The "Most Historic Square Mile in California"

W+P's Jim Williams leads an American Leadership Forum Hike

Left to Right: Marty Tuttle (City Manager, West Sacramento); Tom Stallard (Woodland City Council); Jay Schenirer (Sacramento City Council); Allen Warren (Sacramento City Council); Jim Williams (W+P Founding Principal); Steve Cohn (Sacramento City Council)

On June 1, Jim Williams and Tom Stallard led a hike for some of the region’s leaders through “the most historic square mile” in California history. Allen Warren generously put in the winning bid for the hike, which was auctioned off at American Leadership Forum’s fall Exemplary Leaders Dinner. 

The hike starts near Donner Summit’s historic old Highway 40 and follows the historic Lincoln Highway--the first transcontinental road across the United States, which was built back in the early 1900’s. Portions of the route also follow the Emigrant Trail that saw the first wagon trains coming to California, and also parallels portions of the first transcontinental railroad built in the 1860’s.
Tom, a Woodland City Councilman, is known for leading hikes in his home county of Yolo, as well as tours of the monuments in Washington DC on Cap-to-Cap trips. Jim is a Placer County native who grew up hiking in the Sierra. 
American Leadership Forum (ALF) is a national network dedicated to building stronger communities by joining and strengthening leaders to serve the public good. The Mountain Valley chapter, headquartered in Sacramento, seeks to improve the social, economic, and political fabric of the Greater Sacramento region through shared commitment to collaborative action. 


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