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Napa in Napa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Napa Courthouse Flag Staff

 
 
Napa Courthouse Flag Staff Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 21, 2009
1. Napa Courthouse Flag Staff Marker
Inscription.  
First constructed 1892-3.
Restored under volunteer leadership of Solano-Napa Builders Exchange through contributions and skilled labor of these citizens and organizations of Napa County.

Dedicated April 13, 1985
By the Native Sons of the Golden West
William Bundesen, Grand President
 
Erected 1985 by Native Sons of the Golden West.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series list.
 
Location. 38° 17.877′ N, 122° 17.136′ W. Marker is in Napa, California, in Napa County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Brown Street and 2nd Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 825 Brown Street, Napa CA 94559, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fremont's Crossing (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oberon Saloon (about 300 feet away); Napa County Iraq and Afghanistan War Memorial (about 400 feet away); Native Sons Hall
Napa Courthouse Flag Staff image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 21, 2009
2. Napa Courthouse Flag Staff
Completed in Frebruary 1893, the Napa Valley Register (2/24/1893) described the dedication: "At precisely 12 minutes past 10 o'clock Wednesday, Supervisor Deweese raised the flag to the top of the new staff recently erected in Court House square. The proceeding was introduced by music from Prof. Simonds' College Band and witnessed by about 300 people. As the flag was hoisted, the band played 'The Star Spangled Banner' and the crowd cheered."
(about 400 feet away); Napa - Birthplace of the Loudspeaker and the Magnavox Corp. (about 400 feet away); Napa Valley Railroad (about 400 feet away); Old Napa Register Building, 1905 (about 500 feet away); Winship Building 1888 (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Napa.
 
More about this marker. The marker is on a low rock set near the flag pole on the courthouse lawn.
 
Also see . . .  Courthouse "Liberty Pole". The Napa Valley Register's article (1/21/2007) on the history of the flagpole, by Kathleen Dreesen. (Submitted on February 23, 2009.) 
 
Napa Courthouse Flag Staff image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 21, 2009
3. Napa Courthouse Flag Staff
There is some similarity to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which was built 3 years prior to the flag pole in Napa. However, this may be a case of form following function rather than deliberate imitation, inasmuch as contemporary documents do not mention the Eiffel Tower.
Napa Courthouse Flag Staff - From the Base Looking Up image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 21, 2009
4. Napa Courthouse Flag Staff - From the Base Looking Up
Built in less than 70 days by the Bay City Iron Works for $575.
Napa Courthouse Flag Staff - Interior Looking Straight Up image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 21, 2009
5. Napa Courthouse Flag Staff - Interior Looking Straight Up
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 23, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,653 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 23, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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