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Calistoga in Napa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Calistoga City Hall
 
Calistoga City Hall Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, April 26, 2009
1. Calistoga City Hall Marker
 
Inscription. The site of the City Hall originally held the Bedlam Opera House, named after a niece of Sam Brannan, founder of Calistoga. Burned to the ground at the turn of the Century, it was rebuilt and completed in 1902.

Originally built to house Calistoga’s volunteer fire department, the building was used concurrently as the City Hall, the Library, the Circuit Court and the hall for the town band.

The site has been in use continually as the City of Calistoga’s Legislative Office Building since 1902.

Dedicated by
Sam Brannan Chapter No.1004
E Clampus Vitus
March 15, 1986

 
Erected 1986 by Sam Brannan Chapter No.1004, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 38° 34.733′ N, 122° 34.77′ W. Marker is in Calistoga, California, in Napa County. Marker is on Washington Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is mounted to the left of the entrance door to the City Hall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1232 Washington Street, Calistoga CA 94515, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Calistoga Sam Brannan Center (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mount View Hotel (about 400 feet away); Calistoga Depot (about 500 feet away); Oat Hill Mine Road (approx. 0.7 miles away); Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Schramsberg (approx. 3.2 miles away); Larkmead Winery / Kornell Cellars (approx. 3.4 miles away); Reason P. Tucker (approx. 3.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Calistoga.
 
Calistoga City Hall and Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, April 26, 2009
2. Calistoga City Hall and Marker
Marker can be seen to the left of the center door.
 

 
Also see . . .  History of Calistoga. Samuel Brannan was the leader of a settlement expedition on the ship Brooklyn, landing in Yerba Buena (San Francisco) in 1846. He published San Francisco's first English language newspaper, the California Star. Following the discovery of gold in Sacramento, Brannan pursued many business ventures, which made him California’s first millionaire and became a leader in San Francisco's Committee of Vigilance (the much feared Vigilantes). Fascinated by Calistoga’s natural hot springs, Brannan purchased more than 2000 acre with the intent to develop a spa reminiscent of Saratoga in New York. It is rumored that the name Calistoga is a combination of the words California and Saratoga. His Hot Springs Resort, opened to California's rich and famous in 1862. In 1868 Brannan's Napa Valley Railroad Company's track was completed to Calistoga. This provided an easier travel option for ferry passengers making the journey from San Francisco. (Submitted on May 3, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Additional Information Regarding the Marker Dedication
Reggie Kostner was Noble Grand Humbug when this plaque was dedicated. Plaque wording by Edward D. Hawkins
    — Submitted April 15, 2012, by Loren Wilson of Sebastopol, California.
 
City Hall Bell Tower and Bell Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, April 26, 2009
3. City Hall Bell Tower and Bell
 

2. Calistoga City Hall
Calistoga's present City Hall sits on the site of the Badlam Opera House, named after a niece of Sam Brannan, founder of Calistoga. After the Badlam Opera House burned at the turn of the century, the Calistoga City Council, in 1901, voted to build the present building on the site. Actual work on the City Hall was completed in 1902. Originally built to house Calistoga's volunteer Fire Department, the building was used concurrently as the City Hall, the library, the circuit court and the hall for the town band. The site has been in use continually as the City of Calistoga's legislative office building since 1902. The site and building qualify for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

The original appearance of the building has basically changed little over the years. The City Hall is an interesting composition of pioneer false-front and Mission Revival styles. A two-story rectangular building with its gable end to the street, it has the gable roof concealed by the false front. Walls are stuccoed and an elaborate shingled cornice of the false front has a squeezed pediment with a half-circle lunette. Windows are narrow with one-over-one double hung sashes. A porch supported by square columns with a second story balustrade extends across the front. The open bell tower is a distinctive feature, sitting
 
Second Marker at the Calistoga City Hall Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, April 26, 2009
4. Second Marker at the Calistoga City Hall
Mounted on building to the right of the center door.

1886 - 1986
Commemorating 100th Anniversary of the
City of Calistoga
Marked by the restoration of
the City Hall bell tower Jan.6,1986
In memory of the early pioneers of Calistogo.
Dedicated by
Calistoga Parlor No.86, Native Sons of the Golden West
Instituted May 3, 1886
and
Calistoga Parlor No.145, Native Daughters of the Golden West
 
above the second story, and is topped by a Mission Revival cupola, which echoes the architecture of the building beneath it .
Loren Wilson, 1986
    — Submitted April 17, 2012, by Loren Wilson of Sebastopol, California.
 
Calistoga City Hall Photo, Click for full size
By Loren Wilson, August 20, 2007
5. Calistoga City Hall
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on May 3, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,101 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 3, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   5. submitted on April 15, 2012, by Loren Wilson of Sebastopol, California.
 
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