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Cattle boom of 1850s short-lived in Solano
In my last column, Luzena Stanley Wilson described her experiences of riding across the hills of Solano County around 1851 to visit her Wolfskill neighbors at Putah Creek and encountering the vast herds of grazing black Spanish steers.
Roy Mason continues ranching tradition with cattle, grapes
Roy Mason and his wife, Betty, live on a ranch in Green Valley, where he runs cattle and grows grapes. On the same property, his daughter and her family now occupy the house where his grandmother lived. The family, which traces its Solano County heritage to the mid-1800s, also owns and operates a vineyard in neighboring Suisun Valley.
Trial and error determined success of orchards
Orchards have been a part of Solano County's landscape for more than 150 years. Beginning with the first pioneers, settlers brought in plants, exchanged seeds and cuttings with friends and neighbors, experimented with different varieties to see how these adapted to the soil and climate, or even tried to create new strains and varieties.
A mid 1830s ride could be just plain dangerous
First Spanish missionaries and later Spanish landowners such as the Vaca, Pena and Armijo families acquired vast acreage of Northern California land to raise cattle, namely black steers.
Vallejo's shot as state capital is short-lived
Information for this article came from the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum and Vacaville Heritage Council - First of two parts. During the age of the American Indians, the region around Vallejo was known for its wild cattle and horses that fed on the area's high oats. No evidence has ever turned up to show that there were Indian settlements there, but it does appear tribes came from Suisun Valley and other locations to dig for shellfish and hunt the cattle and other game.
Streblow Ranch (Cattle herd)
Vallejo had short-lived stint as state capital
The next time you are in the area bounded by York, Santa Clara, Maine and Sacramento streets in Vallejo, you will be near a long-gone historic site. Back in 1852 a two-story building sporting two flags dominated a hill that was centrally located between those streets.
Disasters follow pioneer family
My last column talked about the experiences of Luzena Stanley Wilson and Mason Wilson in Sacramento during the winter of 1849-1850. The information is based on Luzena's memoirs and the research by Fern Henry in her new book "My Checkered Life: Luzena Stanley Wilson in Early California."
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