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Short History of Sonoma

Lynn Downey

Publication Year: 2013

Sonoma is one of Northern California’s most desirable places to live and a popular tourist destination, combining small-town charm, a colorful past, and its current role as the hub of one of the world’s premier wine-producing regions. A Short History of Sonoma traces its past from the Native American peoples who first inhabited the valley, proceeding through the establishment of a mission by Spanish priests, the Bear Flag Revolt that began California’s movement to become part of the United States, the foundation of what would become a celebrated wine industry, and its role today as the center of a sophisticated and highly envied food and wine culture.

Published by: University of Nevada Press

Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 1-6


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pp. vii-viii

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pp. ix-xii

When I was in junior high school, my grandmother told me a story about the afternoon she had tea with Charmian London, widow of Jack London, the famous author. I remember being amazed at how casually she dropped the London name. I was a budding historian by this time, ...

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pp. 1-5

T and other travelers come to the city of Sonoma, California, today for its fine food, award-winning wines, and beautifully landscaped central plaza. They can also visit the state historic park and its renovated mission, barracks, and old adobe homes, which exist side by side with trendy boutiques and old-fashioned bars. ...

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1. The Village of Huchi

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pp. 6-24

The front page of the June 30, 1923, issue of the Sonoma Index- Tribune featured an eye-catching boldface headline: “Mission Centennial Starts Today.” The paper was filled to capacity with articles about the many activities planned for the five-day event, commemorating the establishment of Mission San Francisco Solano by the government of Mexico in 1823. ...

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2. The American Era

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pp. 25-44

California history is full of people showing up when they are not wanted. Sonoma’s history is no exception, though some were more welcome than others. ...

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3. Sonoma’s Historic Architecture

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pp. 45-66

Sonoma’s history is also written in brick, wood, and stone. The buildings around town that charm visitors today range from historic adobes to typically American stores and hotels, not to mention a former Carnegie library. As Sonoma made the transition from its days as a Mexican military outpost to its new life as an American city, the past was not completely discarded. ...

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4. A Vine Tradition

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pp. 67-85

On June 6, 1863, the “Married” column of the San Francisco Daily Alta California newspaper carried a brief announcement of a double wedding ceremony that took place in Sonoma on the first of the month. In two short paragraphs readers learned that Natalia and Jovita Vallejo, daughters of General M. G. Vallejo, had married A. F. and Arpad Haraszthy, respectively, ...

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5. Mr. and Mrs. London

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pp. 86-106

California has produced some of the world’s most famous authors. A few were born in the Golden State, others chose to live and write within its borders, and some are deeply associated with the regions in which they lived and worked. ...

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6. The Tourist Trade

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pp. 107-127

Visitors have made their way to the Sonoma Valley for more than 150 years, intrigued by its natural beauty, its quaint old adobes, and the legendary hospitality of General Vallejo. ...

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7. More Famous Names and Faces

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pp. 128-148

Ever since the first adobe brick was set into the foundation of Mission San Francisco Solano, the town of Sonoma has been a lure for a great cross section of global society. Beyond missionaries, tourists, and entrepreneurs, Sonoma has hosted visitors and residents who hailed from the worlds of the military, business, food and wine, literature, and Hollywood. ...

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pp. 149-152

Sonoma is home to a fascinating mixture of multigenerational families and brand-new residents. Small as it is—the population hovers around 14,000—Sonoma offers everything that modern living requires, and augments that with the visible remnants and intangible benefits of its long history. ...


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pp. 153-156


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pp. 157-160

E-ISBN-13: 9780874179132
Print-ISBN-13: 9780874179125

Page Count: 224
Illustrations: 46 photos
Publication Year: 2013

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Subject Headings

  • Sonoma County (Calif.) -- History.
  • Sonoma County (Calif.) -- Biography.
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