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

Bill Soberanes

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2015
1. Bill Soberanes Marker
Inscription. August Courier columnist and peopleologist. Petaluma's number one booster. Founder of the World Wist Wrestling Championship and numerous other events. Trade mark - He's been photographed with more famous, infamous, usual and unusual people than anyone in the word. He's the world's number one people meeter.
 
Location. 38° 14.157′ N, 122° 38.458′ W. Marker is in Petaluma, California, in Sonoma County. Marker is on East Washington Street near Petaluma Boulevard North, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 32 East Washington Street, Petaluma CA 94952, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sergeant Richard A. Penry (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Volpi's Grocery (about 600 feet away); Cases Horseshoeing (approx. mile away); Petaluma Historical Library and Museum (approx. mile away); The Willow Creek Inn (approx. 2.1 miles away); Wilmar Union Elementary School District And Wilson Elementary School (approx. 2 miles away); Vallejo's Petaluma Adobe (approx. 3.4 miles away); Penngrove (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petaluma.
 
Also see . . .  Wrist Wrestling Capital and Statue -- RoadsideAmerica.com
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2015
2. Bill Soberanes Marker
. Brawny competitors with arms like Popeye descend on Petaluma once a year to show off their wrist wrestling prowess (also called arm wrestling and ArmSports). The competition started in 1953 in a Petaluma bar, and gained popularity as it was promoted by a young local reporter, Bill Soberanes, who founded an organization to keep the sport going. (Submitted on July 16, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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By Armwrestling History
3. Bill Soberanes Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 16, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 266 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 16, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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