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

The Napa River

A Napa Valley Legend

 
 
The Napa River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 28, 2015
1. The Napa River Marker
Inscription. Long considered nature's thoroughfare for pioneer settlement and development, the Napa River has played a major role in the growth and prosperity of Napa County. From its headwaters near Mt. St. Helena to its southern mouth merging with San Francisco Bay, the River has contributed significantly to the welfare of all along its banks.
Early riverbank residents include Native Americans and pioneer settlers who took advantage of the River's abundant supply of fish, fowl and game for daily sustenance. Later, riverboat steamers and ferries navigated up and down the River offering reliable transportation and shipping. Passengers used these vessels for traveling from San Francisco bay area to Napa Valley resorts and connections to stage and rail services. Regional commerce relied on water transport to ship lumber, agricultural goods, livestock and textiles. Numerous wharves were constructed along the river providing docking for waterway commerce.
Although the role of the Napa River in Napa Valley life is not as obvious today, the beauty and the legacy of its waters are integral to the charming ambience of the Napa Mill. A flood control project was first envisioned by Captain A. Hatt in the 1880's, the first builder on this site.
 
Erected by City of Napa.
 
Location.
The Napa River and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 28, 2015
2. The Napa River and Marker
38° 17.784′ N, 122° 16.93′ W. Marker is in Napa, California, in Napa County. Marker can be reached from Main Street near 5th Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500, Napa CA 94559, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ars Longa Vita Brevis (within shouting distance of this marker); Lieutenant William W. Murphy (within shouting distance of this marker); Silo Building 1932 (within shouting distance of this marker); Hay Barn 1959 (within shouting distance of this marker); Hatt Building 1893 (within shouting distance of this marker); Hatt Building 1886 (within shouting distance of this marker); Napa: A River Landing Town (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Banner Warehouse 1862 (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Napa.
 
More about this marker. This marker is on the Riverfront Promenade.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 9, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 261 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 9, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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