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Last Sunday a devastating tremor rocked Chile; on Monday, it was the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. We are in the spring period of past earthquakes in Solano and Napa counties. Most of them have been in this eight-week period of March and April.
Mare Island's Earthquake
Tomorrow is the anniversary of Mare Island's most disastrous earthquake. Shortly before midnight on March 30, 1898 the tremor struck. Although damage was experienced in both Vallejo and in San Francisco, Mare Island suffered most.
Earthquake at Mare Island, 4/18/06
Earthquake at Mare Island, 3/30/98
Fun Time At The Springs
Last Sept. 13 we wrote of the past glory of Blue Rock Springs-how it was established about 1866, taken over by General Frisbie in 1869, the center of Vailejo's summer life-dancing, swimming, camping-for half a century.
Sunday Law sets aside time for church
In the spring of 1858, a new stage line was being established to run between Marysville and Vallejo or Benicia by way of Smith's Ferry, Cacheville, McMahon Ranch and Vacaville. This route was nearly identical to that of the proposed railroad. That it was to operate within nine miles of Napa City meant it would be not only accommodate passengers to and from upper Solano County, but also Napa Springs.
The White Sulphur Spring
The "day camps" at our Blue Rock Springs recreation spot now become a memory with the opening of another school semester. Some 60 years ago this time of the year marked the end of the "summer camp" for scores of Vallejo families.
Early Vallejo Race Tracks
The Solano County Fair is here and the horses are running! This is a young Fair but many Solano and Napa residents may have the impression that racing is "new" to these counties. Have you ever heard of Vallejo's Hollywood Track, or Vallejo's Cyclodrome, or Napa's Race Track?
Old Rocks, Other Items
No one thinks of Vallejo as a former "mining town" and most of Solano County's residents will probably say that the only "mineral" in the county is the natural gas produced in the southern and eastern sections.
Local gardens as well as the countryside are ablaze these April days with our state flower-Eschscholtzia Californica. This golden poppy is deservedly the most celebrated and one of the more popular western flowers. Have you ever wondered why they seem most plentiful along the railway rights-of-way throughout California? Particularly along the railroads in Napa and Sonoma counties: between Sacramento and Auburn; and along the Southern Pacific tracks on the Coast route.
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