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It's been a fun ride, but I'm ready to explore the West
When I started writing Solano County history articles for The Reporter, I couldn't help wondering if there was enough history to write about different subjects for any amount of time. I must admit that while I was the editor and writer for the United Prospectors Inc. publications, there was plenty of fodder about the gold country but I wasn't sure about Solano County.
Reporters took probing tour into country
In the spring of 1879, staff from the Suisun City's Solano Republican set out to explore the countryside. Their trip started with a train ride to Bridgeport, present-day Cordelia. Along the route they viewed the orchards then in bloom. Once in Bridgeport they stopped in at each of the town's business establishments.
Two different towns of Cordelia
According to Thompson and West's 1878 Atlas of Solano County, Cordelia is the second-oldest town in Solano County. The same information was provided in the 1879 Wood-Alley History of Solano County. Since then, writer after writer and historian after historian has repeated this as fact ... including me.
Exploring a mansion's storied past
Driving along Suisun Valley Road, I am always intrigued by Stonedene, the Gothic revival mansion situated opposite Solano Community College. The history of this particular location reaches back into the time before the first white settlers arrived.
Bridge's history spans nine decades
Last summer, I was fortunate to be able to take a boat ride from Vallejo that explored the underside of both the present and the new Carquinez bridges. Seeing those massive pylons and huge spans of metal construction was an incredibly impressive sight.
Acres of fun 'Eat, drink and get a pumpkin at Bishop farm in Wheatland
Wheatland, I answered the call of my grandchildren, "Can we go pick our own pumpkins?" Being an indulgent grandmother, I wanted to find the greatest pumpkin patch on the West Coast, as long as it was within a day's reach, that is. Serendipitously, a story appeared on the TV about the great pumpkin farm in Wheatland. It was destiny - meant to be. With a little research, I mapped out the path to the glorious Bishop Pumpkin Farm with 72 acres of fun and pumpkins.
Meet the famous owner of Green Valley Country Club
Have you ever noticed how many great public buildings started out as magnificent homes before their conversion? Such a building is the current Green Valley Country Club. The house was originally built by James Harbin on 130 acres that he had homesteaded. However, in my research, the most interesting owner of the home was the man who took possession of the property in 1864. Granville Swift was larger than life [...]
Reporter's Writers Now Have Added Chores
THE COMPUTER AGE IS NOT FOR ME - When I started to set type back in 1924, and doing my small bit to help produce the Vacaville Reporter, little thought did I give to that day in 1981 when Publisher Richard Rico would unwrap a new typesetting system which is not in my bag of endeavors.
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