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Recent fossil discoveries in Solano County have brought the interest of paleontologists to this area. We've always known that our Coast Range mountains-particularly the Mount Diablo region-were productive of fossils.
Anniversaries do have a habit of repeating themselves. Last Tuesday's Chronicle featured an illustrated story of the demolition of the slip of the Mare Island Ferry Co. at the foot of Georgia Street. Since the days of Farragut (1854) this area has been the departure point of passengers bound for the naval shipyard.
"Little Norway" History Told
Our interesting county has had many pioneer settlements which, in the main, have disappeared with the march of time. Some, like Tremont, Batavia, Maine Prairie, Silveyville are memories. Others, like Collinsville, Denverton, Elmira, Birds Landing-and even Cordelia, are only a shadow of their former size and influence.
Another Year Is History
The year 1963 is now another page of the past. Much happened in tragedy, space science, international politics, the curb on nuclear testing, etc. Future historians will tell future generations what was important; we all are too close to the picture to make the appraisal today.
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.
The Origin Of Names
Most of us take names for granted--we're speaking of geographical locations. Yet behind some of these names are interesting stories--oftentimes legends--which would fill pages of type. Today we'll mention a few in the local area.
This afternoon, at 3 o'clock, the public is invited to the Third Annual Pioneers Day sponsored by the Solano County Historical Society, at the historic Rockville Churchyard, about a mile north of Cordelia. The society has a long-range program of cataloging the large list of pioneers who shaped the destinies of our, county a century ago.
Contra Costa 'Other Coast'
Contra Costa, meaning the "opposite coast," is no longer a stranger. The water barriers have gradually broken down. About Dec. 28, 1885, a ferry carried the first train across Carquinez Strait [...]
Every day Is an anniversary of some person, some discovery or other event. These have varying degrees of importance. February reminds us of anniversaries because we celebrate the birthdates of Washington and Lincoln. But we are tempted this week to recall other February anniversaries which should interest many Vallejoans and Mare Island folk.
Sources on Solano County history abound
This is the second in a two-part series devoted to providing a list of history centers and historical sites in Solano County. These places offer a myriad of activities that enhance our regional heritage and teach people about the area's exciting past.
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