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It's Only Rubbish - But It Has a Story
THE END OF AN ERA - When you travel Vacaville's miles of streets today, you are definitely going to notice a change. The Basic fiber trash barrel has vanished, a casualty of bureaucracy.
Never-Ending Problems - Sewage and Trash
THE BOTTOM OF THE BARREL - A friend of mine asked me one day if there were any problems in compiling this article, once each week, year-in, year-out for more than 30 years. My immediate reply was: "Oh, there's always something to write about." Well, this is one week when I will scrape the bottom of the barrel for a subject. Let's talk about our environmental problems of Yesteryear.
Towns vanished when railroad passed them by
I have always been fascinated by old maps and the potential stories they reveal. Working at the Solano County Archives is especially intriguing because of its numerous old maps. Many of you already know something about the towns that will be described in a series of articles to follow, but for newcomers to Solano County or its history, it won't hurt to get acquainted with the communities that once served travelers and '49ers in the later 1800s. My thanks to James Davis for a suggestion about the town of Cement, which became the catalyst of this series of articles.
Push-Button Phones Ended a Unique Era
A NOTICEABLE CHANGE - Back in 1876 when Alexander Graham Bell announced he had been successful in transmitting sound through wires, little did he dream that his discovery would skyrocket into one of the largest industries in the world. Furthermore, Bell would be astounded at the figures which show the giant American Telephone and Telegraph Company reported net earnings for the first nine months of 1979 at $4.1 billions. That's something to talk about.
Ferry changed bay transportation
Dec. 1, 1879, was a grand day to launch into a new era of travel in the Bay Area.
Once-Primitive Vacaville Has Changed
NOT TOO LONG AGO - JUST 100 YEARS - Back in 1879, Wood, Alley and Co. of Oakland published what is perhaps the most comprehensive history of Solano County ever assembled up to that era. Historian J. P [...]
A look into vanished world of Chinatown
For decades in the late 1800s and into the 20th century, a small Chinese community flourished in Vacaville along Dobbins Street.
John Rico 12/7/80
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