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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Yolo County, California

Clickable Map of Yolo County, California and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Yolo County, CA (65) Colusa County, CA (15) Lake County, CA (27) Napa County, CA (89) Sacramento County, CA (390) Solano County, CA (114) Sutter County, CA (10)  YoloCounty(65) Yolo County (65)  ColusaCounty(15) Colusa County (15)  LakeCounty(27) Lake County (27)  NapaCounty(89) Napa County (89)  SacramentoCounty(390) Sacramento County (390)  SolanoCounty(114) Solano County (114)  SutterCounty(10) Sutter County (10)
Woodland is the county seat for Yolo County
Adjacent to Yolo County, California
      Colusa County (15)  
      Lake County (27)  
      Napa County (89)  
      Sacramento County (390)  
      Solano County (114)  
      Sutter County (10)  
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1 California, Yolo County, Capay — The Capay-Langville School
Point of Historic Interest Capay, California The Capay-Langville School 1874 - 1980 For nearly a century the Capay School bell summoned children to one of California’s longest existing schools located and functioning on the same . . . Map (db m1052) HM
2 California, Yolo County, Davis — After a Fire, the City of Davis is Created
A disastrous fire on November 13, 1916 destroyed much of the two block long downtown business district. The fire started that morning near what is now the corner of G and 3rd Streets, and fierce north winds fanned the flames all day. . . . Map (db m144738) HM
3 California, Yolo County, Davis — Briggs Reservoir Reported missing
A relic of an early agricultural experiment - the first underground irrigation system in the Central Valley. The structure was built by Davisville pioneer George Gregg Briggs to irrigate several hundred acres of orchards and vineyards. . . . Map (db m61371) HM
4 California, Yolo County, Davis — Davis Cemetery Veterans MemorialPost 6949 V.F.W.
In Memory of Those Who Gave Their Lives For Our Freedom World War I Virgil W. Agard · Charles V. Alford · Harry Bauer · W.H. Bellows · Thurston R. Chamberlain · Edward C. Delray · Claude J. Dince · Percy C. Eugene · Oliver O. Grayson . . . Map (db m91434) WM
5 California, Yolo County, Davis — Davis Cooperative Centennial, 1887-1987
The Davisville Almond Growers Association was formed on January 31, 1897. Thus began the first century of cooperative enterprise in Davis. That group of Davis growers became leaders in the creation of Blue Diamond Growers; now, one of the . . . Map (db m162583) HM
6 California, Yolo County, Davis — Davis Library Building
This historic Davis Library Building was moved in 1988 from its original site at 117 F Street, where the library served Davis from 1911 to 1968. It was the first Yolo County Public Library Branch.Map (db m144244) HM
7 California, Yolo County, Davis — Davis SubwayRichards Blvd. Underpass
Built in 1917-18, this entrance to Davis is among the oldest surviving examples of I-beam construction on a railroad grade separation. The underpass was part of the Lincoln Highway. The bicycle bore was added in 1978. Listed in the National Register . . . Map (db m57189) HM
8 California, Yolo County, Davis — Dresbach-Hunt-Boyer Mansion604 Second Street
Built in 1871-75 for William Dresbach, Davisville's first postmaster. The mansion was home to the Hunts and Boyers from 1899-1973. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the large mansion property originally included a tankhouse, . . . Map (db m57159) HM
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9 California, Yolo County, Davis — First Bicycle Lanes in Davis
In the early 1960's, conflicts between bicyclists and vehicles were increasing as Davis and UC Davis both grew rapidly. Petitions from residents requested the creation of bicycle lanes and bike parking as the town developed. In 1965, local . . . Map (db m156227) HM
10 California, Yolo County, Davis — First Train Arrives in Davisville
In 1864 it was determined that the Central Pacific Rail Road would extend eastward from Sacramento over the Donner Summit route to become part of the transcontinental rail line. Planners for the California Pacific Rail Road Company decided to . . . Map (db m144744) HM
11 California, Yolo County, Davis — From Reclimation to RestorationIf you build it, they will come
We can help reverse the trend of decreasing wildlife populations by restoring habitat: the food, water and shelter needed by all living creatures. The vast wetlands once found in the Yolo Basin were “reclaimed” (drained and converted to farmland) . . . Map (db m200823) HM
12 California, Yolo County, Davis — Historic City Hall226 F Street
Built in 1938, this Spanish Colonial Revival building originally housed Davis City Hall and the Fire Dept. Later home to the Police Dept. Converted into a restaurant in 2005, City Hall exemplifies adaptive reuse of a historic property.Map (db m52581) HM
13 California, Yolo County, Davis — Lake Spafford
Lake Spafford occupies a segment of the original main channel of Putah Creek. The creek, named after a settlement of the local Patwin Indians, was once part of an extensive network of streams and rivers in California's Central Valley. The rich . . . Map (db m187040) HM
14 California, Yolo County, Davis — Lincoln Highway Marker
One of the markers erected by the California Automobile Association in the 1920s to designate the California portion of the Lincoln Highway from New York City to San Francisco. The Highway followed US 40 from Sacramento through Davis via Olive Dr. . . . Map (db m9040) HM
15 California, Yolo County, Davis — Lincoln Highway Marker
This is an original 1928 marker from the Lincoln Highway, the nation's first transcontinental road, which extended from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco. This segment of the highway, now known as the Avenue of the . . . Map (db m57102) HM
16 California, Yolo County, Davis — Old Davis High School
Built in 1927, citizens purchased this entire block for Davis' first high school. The present gym replaced the original that burned down in 1937. In 1981, Old Davis High was rehabilitated as new Davis City Hall. 23 Russell BoulevardMap (db m145172) HM
17 California, Yolo County, Davis — Remembering the Terminal Hotel Building
Events in the hotel were central to Davis life for several decades during the 20th Century. This display, along with the brick outline, memorializes the structure's place in Davis history. The line of tan bricks embedded in the sidewalk 12 feet . . . Map (db m91583) HM
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18 California, Yolo County, Davis — Richard E. Lyng
This Service Center of the U.S. Department of Agriculture honors Richard E. Lyng the first Californian to serve as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture 1986-1989Map (db m160986) HM
19 California, Yolo County, Davis — Site of the First Yolo County Public Library Branch
Contribution by citizens financed the lot purchase and building construction for the Davis Library, which served Davis at this location from 1911 to until 1988. The building was moved to Central Park. Text by the Davis Library . . . Map (db m82064) HM
20 California, Yolo County, Davis — Site of the Jerome C. and Mary Chiles Davis Homestead
Two olive and two fig trees survive from the Davis’ prize-winning farm of the 1850’s. Nearby also stand some of the original shingled buildings of the University State Farm, located here in 1906. From this nucleus, the University Farm has grown to . . . Map (db m57220) HM
21 California, Yolo County, Davis — Solano House
Dedicated April 23, 1999 SOLANO HOUSE Added Station Apr. 23, 1860 - Sept. 8 1861 By First Northern Bank William & Linda Bernheim The Rotary Clubs of Davis UC Davis - Cal Aggie Alumni Association Davis Enterprise - McNaughton . . . Map (db m24606) HM
22 California, Yolo County, Davis — SP Depot
Five years after the University Farm opened in 1908, this Mission Revival station was built by Southern Pacific to replace the original Davisville depot, which had served passengers since 1868. Listed in the National Register of Historic . . . Map (db m144858) HM
23 California, Yolo County, Davis — The Bentley House513 F Street — Old North Davis Historic Resource Home —
You are standing in what was the north grain field on the original Jerome Davis farm (1858). This home was constructed at the edge of Davis in 1910 by local builder James Elzy Wire. It is a fine example of the craftsman bungalow, and because of its . . . Map (db m156224) HM
24 California, Yolo County, Davis — Varsity Theatre
Built in 1949-50 to replace the original Davis Varsity, located one block east. The current Varsity Theatre exemplifies Streamline Moderne architecture, which emphasizes smooth curves and horizontal lines to give a feeling of speed.Map (db m145762) HM
25 California, Yolo County, Esparto — Capay Cemetery
These grounds hold the graves of pioneer settlers in the Capay Valley and Lamb Valley and those of Esparto's early families. Established in 1876 by the trustees of Capay Lodge No.230 Independent Order of Odd Fellows. It was the first public . . . Map (db m135913) HM
26 California, Yolo County, Knights Landing — Knights Landing
It was here on the Sacramento River that William Knight settled in 1843. This natural landing place was to become an important landing and shipping point in this area. It wasn't until 1853 four years after Knights death that the townsite was . . . Map (db m84133) HM
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27 California, Yolo County, Rumsey — Rumsey
The town of Rumsey was founded in 1887 by the Vaca Valley & Clear Lake Railroad Co. and was named after pioneer landowner Capt. DeWitt C. Rumsey. This spot is the site of Rumsey Hall. Built in 1906 and known for its remarkable 1910 murals, it is the . . . Map (db m40547) HM
28 California, Yolo County, West Sacramento — BryteYolo County, California
Because of its location on the Sacremento River, it was first called Riverbank. When the post office was established 10 March 1915 the present name - for George Bryte, Sr., a local dairyman, son of Mike Bryte (early sheriff of Sacremento) - was . . . Map (db m41749) HM
29 California, Yolo County, West Sacramento — Early SettlementWest Sacramento River Walk
RANCHO DE NUEVA FLANDRIA, The Beginning of EARLY SETTLEMENT In 1843 or 1844, the Flemish Jan Lows de Swart, also known as John Schwartz, became one of the earliest known settlers in the West Sacramento area. He built a shack . . . Map (db m144278) HM
30 California, Yolo County, West Sacramento — 1040 — First Pacific Coast Salmon Cannery
Founded in the town of Washington (Broderick), Yolo County by Hapgood, Hume, and Company in 1864, California’s first salmon cannery was located on a barge moored here on the banks of the Sacramento River. This small canning operation was the . . . Map (db m17520) HM
31 California, Yolo County, West Sacramento — Flood ControlWest Sacramento River Walk
On January 15, 1850, the fledging City of Sacramento, consisting mostly of tents and simple wooden buildings, stood in 6 feet of water. Two weeks later, the community pledged $200,000 to levee construction. But before the levee system could be . . . Map (db m15720) HM
32 California, Yolo County, West Sacramento — Hydraulic MiningWest Sacramento River Walk
Hydraulic gold mining was introduced in the 1850’s. Men with hoses blasted hillsides with powerful jets of water, which reduced the hills to mounds of gravel 20 times faster than with pick and shovel. Massive quantities of gravel and silt from . . . Map (db m15713) HM
33 California, Yolo County, West Sacramento — Influences on the RiverWest Sacramento River Walk
Influences on the River West Sacramento River Walk The Sacramento River originates in Siskiyou County near Mt. Shasta. Standing between that point and Sacramento is Shasta Dam, which controls the flow of water downstream. Hundreds of miles of . . . Map (db m137484) HM
34 California, Yolo County, West Sacramento — Pony Express Bridge
Dedicated April 23, 2000 WEST SACRAMENTO by James Stretesky First Northern Bank Daniel F. Ramos Family Frank C. Ramos Family Dr. & Mrs. James O. Farley West Sacramento Land Company West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce Pony Express Trail . . . Map (db m15708) HM
35 California, Yolo County, West Sacramento — Sacramento SkylineWest Sacramento River Walk
Just across the river and county line from West Sacramento is the City of Sacramento, seen here in a 1920s photograph looking east from 4th Street down J Street. California’s capital city, which is also the seat of Sacramento County, has grown from . . . Map (db m15723) HM
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36 California, Yolo County, West Sacramento — Salmon CanneryWest Sacramento River Walk
This is the historic site of the first salmon cannery established on the Pacific Coast. Begun in 1864 by William and George Hume and Andrew Hapgood on a barge moored to the bank, the cannery processed salmon harvested along the rivers – with . . . Map (db m15724) HM
37 California, Yolo County, West Sacramento — The Rivers’ FlowWest Sacramento River Walk
Prior to European settlement in the mid-1800s, river flows in the valley changed with the seasons: spring torrents followed by low water during the summer. Construction of dams and other flood control measures during the mid-to late 1950s tamed the . . . Map (db m15715) HM
38 California, Yolo County, West Sacramento — The Township of WashingtonWest Sacramento River Walk
In 1846 James McDowell purchased 600 acres of land from Jon Schwartz. James was later killed in a barroom brawl leaving his wife Margaret a widow with five children to raise. In August 1849 she had 160 acres of this property surveyed and divided . . . Map (db m144280) HM
39 California, Yolo County, West Sacramento — Tower BridgeWest Sacramento River Walk
Sacramento’s graceful Tower Bridge has spanned the river since 1936. It is the only historically significant vertical-lift bridge in California and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Lights added in 1986 in honor of its . . . Map (db m15711) HM
40 California, Yolo County, West Sacramento — Tower BridgeGateway to the Capitol
Identifying A Need By the early 1930s, Americans were moving away from trains and ships and turning to automobiles as their main mode of transportation. As a result, traffic on roadways increased dramatically. In Sacramento, M Street (now . . . Map (db m229443) HM
41 California, Yolo County, West Sacramento — Veterans Plaza
[First Marker] SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR 1898 The Spanish-American War was a turning point in American history. It marked the first time that we sent troops overseas to defend freedom. Whether at San Juan Hill or Manila Bay, these founders of . . . Map (db m15707) WM
42 California, Yolo County, West Sacramento — West Capital RacewayWest Sacramento's Last Race Track — 1947-1980 —
A quarter-mile "bullring", it was a whirlpool of horsepower as short track racers in jalopies and specially-built, high-horsepower machines, flew around the oval chasing the checkered flag in close, wheel to wheel action. It was a "tacky" place with . . . Map (db m90073) HM
43 California, Yolo County, West Sacramento — Yolo County Courthouse
Around here someplace was almost Yolo County's first courthouse, It was here twice -- from 1851 to 1857 and from 1861 to 1863 -- when it was stolen permanently by The "Highbinders" in Woodland. So Be It. Map (db m89143) HM
44 California, Yolo County, Winters — Cradwick Building
Between 1889 and 1891, John Cradwick developed this large two-story block, possibly utilizing prior one story structures already present on the three-lot site. Born in England in 1829, John Cradwick settled in the Winters area in 1875 where he . . . Map (db m40145) HM
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45 California, Yolo County, Winters — Hotel De Vilbiss
John De Vilbiss crossed the plains in 1865 and by 1869 had settled in Yolo County. He began construction of this hotel in the fall of 1889 and when it was completed, at a cost of $51,000 including furnishings, was the showplace of the west side of . . . Map (db m57621) HM
46 California, Yolo County, Winters — J. Robert Chapman Memorial Bridge
The Vaca Valley Railroad built a rail and wagon trestle bridge across Putah Creek into Yolo County at this site in 1875, bringing about the birth of the town of Winters. The bridge was built with the financial assistance of prospective businessmen . . . Map (db m72905) HM
47 California, Yolo County, Winters — Vaca Valley Railroad
By 1875 the need to easily move grain, livestock, wood and stone from Berryessa Valley and the surrounding area to markets was recognized. In the spring of 1875 work began on a 13 mile extension of the railroad from Vacaville to Theodore Winters' . . . Map (db m54514) HM
48 California, Yolo County, Woodland — Capital Hotel, Est. 1869Woodland, California
This commercial Italianate brick building was designed and built by Michael O'Connell for A.S. House. It is the oldest existing commercial building in Woodland and was Woodland's first hotel. Originally called the Planter House and later renamed . . . Map (db m154489) HM
49 California, Yolo County, Woodland — China Town begins
Henry Aronson ran a general merchandise store at 527 Main Street in the 1870s. On this site, at the rear of his store, a small wooden warehouse stood. According to local historian Will Weider, an unknown Chinese immigrant rented the building as . . . Map (db m154483) HM
50 California, Yolo County, Woodland — GYP 139-13 — Corner Drug Company Building
This building was constructed before 1886. Brothers Joseph & George Jacobs owned the New York Store and sold dry goods here until 1895. Wallace Pond opened a business here in 1897, soon to be known as the Corner Drug Store. Between 1898 to . . . Map (db m154491) HM
51 California, Yolo County, Woodland — Freeman Park1859 - 1950
Dedicated April 2, 1950 by Woodland Parlor No. 90 Native Daughters of the Golden West In memory of Frank S. Freeman, first Postmaster, and his wife, Gertrude S. Freeman, who named the City of WoodlandMap (db m154668) HM
52 California, Yolo County, Woodland — 864 — Gable Mansion
The Gable Mansion is an outstanding example of 19th Century Victorian Italianate architecture, one of the last of its style, size, and proportion in California. This structure was built in 1885 for Amos and Harvey Gable, pioneer Yolo County . . . Map (db m57627) HM
53 California, Yolo County, Woodland — Hesperian College 1861-18961888 Site (Later Woodland High School)
Here bounded by Marshall, First, Hays and College Streets, Hesperian College moved from its downtown location the fall of 1888. The new three-story building, built by Swain and Hudson at a cost of $16,780, had a Boarding Department on the first . . . Map (db m18148) HM
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54 California, Yolo County, Woodland — GPY 140-01 — Krellenberg Building
Peter Krellenberg was a German cabinet maker who came to Woodland from Sacramento in 1869 and established his furniture and coffin trades at this site. His family home was one door west of the shop. In 1872 Peter erected a one-story brick building . . . Map (db m106078) HM
55 California, Yolo County, Woodland — Leonidas Taylor
Erected to the memory of Leonidas Taylor. Born in the city of Philadelphia on the 3rd of July 1832. He grew to manhood in the city of St. Louis and was killed by the explosion of the Steamer Belle opposite this spot on the 5th of February . . . Map (db m16355) HM
56 California, Yolo County, Woodland — Main and Second Street 1920’sWoodland
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57 California, Yolo County, Woodland — Original railroad
In 1869 the branch line of the California Pacific Railroad (Cal-P) was laid, connecting Davisville to Woodland to Knights Landing to Yuba City. The tracks crossed the alley about here, angling from Main and College (then called Railroad Street). In . . . Map (db m55676) HM
58 California, Yolo County, Woodland — Site of Byron Jackson’s First Machine Shop
Byron Jackson (1841-1921) was an inventor and manufacturer of farm equipment and pumps. His name endures on pumps used in agriculture, petroleum, mining, power generations and water supply. Born in Ohio, Jackson moved to Woodland with his parents in . . . Map (db m24291) HM
59 California, Yolo County, Woodland — The Gibson House
William Byas Gibson came to California from Missouri by mule team in 1850 at the age of 19. In 1856 he started construction of the Gibson House which became the nucleus of his subsequent 3,000 acre estate. He married Mary Cook and they had 3 sons. . . . Map (db m72887) HM
60 California, Yolo County, Woodland — 851 — The Woodland Opera House
The first opera house to serve the Sacramento Valley was built on this site in 1885. The present structure, built in 1895-96, continues to represent an important center for theatrical arts of that period. Erected by David N. Hershey and . . . Map (db m11726) HM
61 California, Yolo County, Woodland — Woodland begins
On this site in 1853 Henry Wyckoff built the town's first store to serve travelers and farmers. In 1862 the small wooden building, owned by Franklin S. Freeman, became Yolo's interim courthouse after Woodland became the county seat. The original . . . Map (db m54226) HM
62 California, Yolo County, Woodland — GPY 138-07 — Woodland's First Post Office
Franklin Sylvester Freeman, founder of Woodland, relocated his stock of goods and built a store in 1860-61, it is the oldest of the earliest commercial buildings in this city. It became the site of Woodland's first post office on July 5, 1861, and . . . Map (db m85718) HM
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63 California, Yolo County, Woodland — Yolo County Courthouse
This property has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m55542) HM
64 California, Yolo County, Woodland — Yolo County Savings Bank
History This sandstone building was constructed in 1903 for the Yolo County Savings Bank, which occupied part of the lower floor. Other establishments in the building were J. D. Musgrove Insurance, F. V. Stening, Tailor and occupying . . . Map (db m55687) HM
65 California, Yolo County, Woodland — Yolo County War Memorial
"From these honored dead, we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave their last full measure of devotion, that we highly resolve that the dead shall not have died in vain." World War I Virgil W. . . . Map (db m57595) WM
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Dec. 4, 2023