Near Petaluma in Sonoma County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Willow Creek Inn
(AKA Willowbrook Ale House)
Over the years, it has been operated as a stagecoach stop, a saloon, an inn, a motor inn, a general store/petrol station, and (up to the early 1960ís) a hotel with hourly room rentals, and presently under its current ownership The Willow Brook Ale House. It was an important stop on the “Indian Redwood Marathon” held in 1927 and 1928 that was run from the steps of City Hall in San Francisco to Grantís Pass, Oregon along the Redwood Highway.
Erected 2015 by Sam Brannan Chapter 1004 and Yerba Buena Lodge #1 of E Clampus Vitus.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 38° 15.654′ N, 122° 39.739′ W. Marker is near Petaluma, California, in Sonoma Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3600 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma CA 94952, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wilmar Union Elementary School District And Wilson Elementary School (approx. 1.7 miles away); Sergeant Richard A. Penry (approx. 2 miles away); Volpi's Grocery (approx. 2.1 miles away); Bill Soberanes (approx. 2.1 miles away); Petaluma Historical Library and Museum (approx. 2.3 miles away); Cases Horseshoeing (approx. 2.3 miles away); Penngrove (approx. 2.4 miles away); Vallejoís Petaluma Adobe (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petaluma.
Regarding The Willow Creek Inn. A Spanish land grant known as Rancho Roblar de la Miseria, meaning The Oak of Misery, stretched along the Petaluma River, Hessel, Roblar, Liberty and Two Rock south to Petaluma. In 1886, at a location known as Corona Corners, where Corona Road intersected Redwood Highway, the Haynes Roadhouse was built on five acres. It was owned by William Harvey Hayne and his wife Ellen. It was a stagecoach stop for approximately 2 years until Wells Fargo abandoned this
route. Herman C. Bartelt and his wife Catherina purchased the property
Somewhere in the early 1950ís, the business changed hands and was owned and operated by Art Dias. Petaluma changed the route of Corona Road to accommodate an overpass of Highway 101 and to eliminate two “T” intersections by connecting it more safely with Skillman Lane which also relocated Corona Corners.
The Willow Brook was an important check point for the “Indian Redwood Marathon”. This footrace was held for two years, 1927 & 1928. It began on the steps of City Hall in San Francisco along the Redwood Highway to the finish line in Grants Pass Oregon. The 1927 the race was won by “Mad Bull”, a Caucasian who took the name in order to qualify to run in the race. His time was 7 days, 12 hours, 34 minutes. The 1928 race was won by “Flying
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 7, 2016, by Loren Wilson of Sebastopol, California. This page has been viewed 270 times since then. Last updated on March 9, 2016, by Loren Wilson of Sebastopol, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 7, 2016, by Loren Wilson of Sebastopol, California. 5. submitted on March 27, 2016, by Loren Wilson of Sebastopol, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.