The beautiful census-designated place known as Fair Oaks, CA is located about 15 miles northeast of downtown Sacramento. Fair Oaks is bordered by Citrus Heights, Folsom, Rancho Cordova, Carmichael, Gold River, Orangevale, and Roseville.
Looking at the history of Fair Oaks, it started as a small portion of the 1844 Rancho San Juan Mexican land grant and was later acquired by Howard-Wilson Publishing Company of Chicago. General Charles Henry Howard and James W. Wilson decided to develop it as a housing community and named it Fair Oaks. The area grew significantly after the construction of Highway 50 in 1954 as it made commuting to Sacramento much easier.
Howard and Wilson gave Fair Oaks the nickname “Crown of the Sacramento Valley” due to its location and comfortable setting.
Fair Oaks is known for being a popular suburb and a bedroom community of greater Sacramento.
Notable people from Fair Oaks include author Nicholas Sparks, singer Lynn Anderson, movie director Joe Carnahan, and California Governor Gavin Newsom
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