Calistoga in Napa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Bale Grist Mill
Native Sons of the Golden West
Rededicated October 1, 1988
Napa Valley Parlors
Native Sons of the Golden West
Frank Compani, Grand President
Erected 1925 by Napa Parlors Native Sons of the Golden West. (Marker Number 359.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Industry & Commerce Landmarks • Notable Places. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmark, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series lists.
Location. 38° 32.437′ N, 122° 30.602′ W. Marker is in Calistoga, California, in Napa County. Marker can be reached from Saint Helena Highway (State Highway 29/128). Marker is located at the Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park on the trail between the parking area and the grist mill. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3801 Saint Helena Hwy, Calistoga CA 94515, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dr. Edward Turner Bale (within shouting distance of this marker); The White Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Reason P. Tucker (approx. 1.1 miles away); Schramsberg (approx. 1.4 miles away); Larkmead Winery / Kornell Cellars (approx. 1.4 miles away); Charles Krug Winery (approx. 2 miles away); Cesare Mondavi 1883 – 1959 (approx. 2 miles away); Charles Krug 1825 - 1892 (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Calistoga.
More about this marker. Also See Dr. Edward Turner Bale nearby marker for additional information.
Regarding Bale Grist Mill. This site was designated as California Registered Historical
Also see . . .
1. California State Historical Resources Commission. The certificate of Resolution 2008-04 Commendation: The Bale Gristmill State Historic Park. (Submitted on May 6, 2009.)
2. California State Park website giving information on the park. (Submitted on May 6, 2009.)
1. From Information on Interpretive Panel in the Grist Mill Museum
When Edward Bale died, his wife, Maria, inherited not just a rancho and two mills, but some difficult financial problems. Perhaps attempting to raise cash before his death, Bale sold several plots of land and even mortgaged the gristmill. Equal to most of the tasks left to her, Mrs. Bale redeemed the mill mortgage and settled other outstanding obligations. She also made at least two contracts with local individuals to manage her rancho.
One of the agreements specified that the attorneys with whom she contracted must “render every personal assistance in their power in the raising and educating her children.” Determined to achieve this goal, Maria Bale sent her children to Sonoma, Santa Clara, and as far away as Boston for schooling.
— Submitted May 6, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
2. Restoration Repairs to the Mill in mid 1950's
Credit must be acknowledged for the restoration efforts by Mr. Howard Wright of Napa during the time frame noted. The mill was shuttered to public visit because of its delapadated and unsafe condition. Howard Wright, the Father of St. Helena Baker Jimmy Wright, performed substantial structural remediation to internal areas of the mill. I can recall, and do attest, to the unsafe state of the structure. The County sought to rehabilitate the mill's capacity to withstand pedestrian tourism, which at that time was prohibited. I worked with Howard Wright in a "gofer" status, for several weeks. I still have recall of the mill's "before" Howard Wright condition. The grind stone and turn gears were mostly in tact and the "wheel" would turn but needed much repair. I know first-hand that because of the mill's history, Howard Wright extended above-the-call-of-duty effort, and of himself too, then he was hired to render. Howard did not "restore" the mill, but he did revive it
I can never forget that time at Bale Mill, and I can never forget Howard Wright.
— Submitted April 1, 2019, by David of Lafayette, California.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 1, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 6, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,660 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 6, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on May 4, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.