“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Winters in Solano County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Wolfskill Grant

University of California Experimental Farm

Wolfskill Grant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 6, 2011
1. Wolfskill Grant Marker
Inscription. In 1842 John R. Wolfskill arrived here loaded with fruit seeds and cuttings. He was a true horticulturist and became the father of the fruit industry in this region. In 1937 Mrs. Frances Wolfskill Taylor Wilson, his daughter, bequeathed 107.28 acres to the University of California for an experimental farm. From this portion of Rancho Rio de los Putos the University's research has since enriched the state's horticultural industry.

California Registered Historical Landmark No. 804

Plaque placed by the California State Park Commission in cooperation with the Solano County Historical Society.
May 30, 1966
Erected 1966 by California State Park Commission, the Solano County Historical Society. (Marker Number 804.)
Location. 38° 30.284′ N, 121° 58.834′ W. Marker is near Winters, California, in Solano County. Marker is on Putah Creek Road one mile west of Winters Road, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4334 Putah Creek Road, Winters CA 95694, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. J. Robert Chapman Memorial Bridge (approx. 1.3 miles away); Vaca Valley Railroad
Wolfskill Grant Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 6, 2011
2. Wolfskill Grant Marker - wide view
Visible flanking the entrance are olive trees planted by John Wolfskill in 1861.
(approx. 1.3 miles away); Cradwick Building (approx. 1.3 miles away); Hotel De Vilbiss (approx. 1.3 miles away); Halfway House (approx. 7.3 miles away); Village of Silveyville (approx. 7.3 miles away); Sacramento Valley National Cemetery (approx. 8.5 miles away); Nut Tree (approx. 9.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Winters.
More about this marker. The marker is mounted to a rock monument and base in a pulloff from the road, just to the left of the entrance.
Also see . . .
1. John Wolfskill - History. The University of California Wolfskill Experimental Orchards' history. Includes several pages of history. Includes links to other sources of information on Wolfskill and the orchards. "Since the University acquired the Wolfskill property in 1938 the majority of land has been used for plant breeding and cultivar evaluation projects. Dr. Warren Tufts, Pomology Division Chairman (1933-56), noted in a 1946 planning document that all 100 acres at Winters were occupied by breeding programs for apricots, peaches, almonds and plums. Since 1946 many additional species have been planted and the types of projects have diversified, but the majority of the land is still used for breeding programs and germplasm evaluation, development and preservation." (Submitted on February 7, 2011.) 

2. John Wolfskill.'s biography of John Wolfskill. On the founding of his farm in 1842:"Once on the property, named Rancho de Los Putos, John Wolfskill put his livestock out to graze and constructed a small shack out of mud and reeds. This served as his home for the first few years. Along with grazing cattle, Wolfskill also planted and tended fruit trees, barley, corn, beans, and vines. For the first three years water was hauled by bucket from the creek." (Submitted on February 7, 2011.) 
Categories. AgricultureHorticulture & Forestry
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 648 times since then and 89 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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