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Solano setters were diverse from the start
Today begins a new column focusing on Solano County history. Each week this year we celebrate the sesquicentennial of Solano County - one of the original 27 counties of California, created in February 1850.
Jewish family among Vaca's early setters
While many ethnic and religious groups came to California during the Gold Rush era, Jews made up a surprisingly small number among them.
He created landmarks and a legacy
Among the sights we all love about Vacaville are the historic buildings downtown, such as the Carnegie Library (which today houses the Chamber of Commerce) and the Victorian mansions along Buck Avenue.
Cities battled over location of county seat
Solano County has "mobility" written all over its early history. Not only did the county host the state capitol several times - for one week in January 1852 and again for a few weeks in January 1853 in Vallejo. And after that, the Legislature moved to Benicia in February 1853, where it stayed until February 1854.
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.
Early grand jury focused on liquor permits
This is the second installment of a look back into how county business was conducted prior to the establishment of the Board of Supervisors in 1855. - Editor
A complex history
Solano County will celebrate the official opening its new Government Center in downtown Fairfield on Dec. 16. The new glass and steel building now dominates the face of downtown Fairfield. Yet before its advent, there were four different buildings that served as Solano County's government center.
Early Fiesta a memorable celebration
Fiesta Day celebrations have a long tradition in Vacaville's history.
It was primitive, but settlers celebrated Fourth
Some of my recent columns followed the story of Frances Ann Copper, as told to the San Francisco Chronicle on the occasion of California's 50th anniversary in 1900.
Starting an orchard barely panned out for Gills
In my last column, the Home Acres Improvement Association failed to get the teacher promised by the Vallejo School Board even though they had obtained a building for a school.
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