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By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2009
Blue Wing Inn and Marker
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — 17 — Blue Wing Inn
Erected by General Mariano G. Vallejo about 1840 for the accommodations of emigrants and other travelers. Purchased in Gold Rush Days by Cooper and Spriggs, two retired sea-faring men and operated as hotel and store. Among first hostelries in . . . — Map (db m15300) HM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — Buena Vista Press HouseErected in 1862
This is the first stone winery building in California, and also the first “gravity-flow” wine building. The Count’s wine grapes were loaded directly to the back of the building’s second floor from the road , made into wine, then brought . . . — Map (db m80733) HM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — CHL 392 — Buena Vista Winery and Vineyards
Birthplace of California wine. Founded in 1857 by Colonel Agoston Haraszthy, father of state’s wine industry. Limestone tunnels were dug into the hillside and vineyards were also established. Haraszthy toured Europe in 1861 to gather the cuttings . . . — Map (db m80732) HM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — Depot Hotel – Cucina RusticaAlso known as the Giacomo Mazza House — and the Northwestern Depot Hotel
Giovanni Minoggio and Giacomo Mazza, on land purchased from General Mariano Vallejo, built this plumstone building in 1870. When the railroad tracks were extended to Sonoma and the Sonoma train depot built across the street from the Mazza House, the . . . — Map (db m78904) HM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — Duhring Building – 1891
This “modern brick building” with its distinctive cupola was built in 1891 by pioneer Sonoma merchant Frederick Duhring. It replaced the old Duhring Store, an adobe built in 1850 which had housed his mercantile established. In 1911 this . . . — Map (db m54760) HM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — 105 — Embarcadero – St. Louis
A short distance down-stream from this spot, at the head of navigation on the banks of Sonoma Creek, an early landing place was established. From the 1830’s hides and tallow from the Pueblo of Sonoma were shipped to Yerba Buena , and goods and . . . — Map (db m78551) HM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — 19 — Harazthy Villa
County Landmarks Commission County of Sonoma Harazthy Villa (sic) Historic Landmark No. 19 This is to certify that the above historic site has been officially designated as a County Landmark by the Sonoma County Board of . . . — Map (db m102579) HM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — In This Cemetery is Buried Capt. William Smith
Two plaques have been placed at this memorial. In This Cemetery is Buried Capt. William Smith Born in Virginia, November 14, 1768 Died in Sonoma, May 5 1846 Who served in the Virginia Navy during the American Revolution . . . — Map (db m102559) HM WM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — 4 — Lachryma MontisHome of General M.G. Vallejo
Erected 1851 Purchased by State Park Commission Through Funds Furnished by The General Vallejo Memorial Association And the People of the State of California Donors Names Within Building Plaque donated by Historic Landmarks . . . — Map (db m57667) HM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — 3 — Mission San Francisco Solano
On July 4, 1823, Padre Jose Altimira founded this northernmost of California’s Franciscan Missions. The only one established under independent Mexico. In 1834 secularization orders were carried out by military Commandant Mariano G. Vallejo. San . . . — Map (db m15273) HM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonoma
On this site, 4 July 1823, Padre Altimira, Lt. Castro and 19 armed men erected a cross, set a camp altar, consecrated the ground with a mass and fired a volley. Cline Ranch was then used as a preliminary scouting site and departure point for . . . — Map (db m68145) HM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — Mission San Francisco Solano Sacred Ground
In this sacred grounds lie buried men, women and children of the local Coast Miwok, Patwin, Wappo and Pomo Tribes. They built, labored and died at Mission San Francisco Solano. [A list of names of Native Americans buried here follows the . . . — Map (db m15297) HM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — 667 — Nash-Patton Adobe
This house was built by H.A. Green in 1847. Here John H. Nash was taken prisoner by Lieut. William T. Sherman in July 1847 for refusing to relinquish his post as Alcalde to Lilburn W. Boggs. It was restored in 1931 by Zolita Bates, Great . . . — Map (db m15261) HM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — 7 — Raising of the Bear Flag Monument
This Monument was erected by the Native Sons of the Golden West and the State of California to commemorate the raising of the Bear Flag on this spot June 14, 1846 by the Bear Flag Party and their declaration of freedom of California from Mexican . . . — Map (db m15268) HM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — Ray Adobe1847 - 1849
Built by 1846 Missouri emigrants John and Harriet Ray in 1847. After his success in the Rose Bar Gold Fields, the large adobe portion was added in 1849 by Indian labor to the wooden house on the east end. It was leased as headquarters for officers . . . — Map (db m15253) HM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — 501 — Salvador Vallejo Adobe
Home of Captain Salvador Vallejo. He was the brother of General Mariano G. Vallejo, Sonoma’s founder. Built by Indian labor, 1836 – 1846. Occupied by Captain Vallejo and family until Bear Flag Party seized Sonoma, June 14, 1846. Cumberland . . . — Map (db m15256) HM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — 739 — Samuele Sebastiani Vineyard and Winery
Here is 1825 the Franciscan Fathers of San Francisco Solano Mission planted the first vineyard in Sonoma Valley. The grapes were used for making sacramental wines. After secularization of the Mission in 1835, General Mariano G. Vallejo, Commander of . . . — Map (db m15302) HM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — Servants Quarters
Casa de los Criados Wing of General Vallejo’s Adobe — Map (db m15291) HM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — CHL 627 — Site of Union Hotel and Union Hall
On this site between 1849 and 1957 stood the Union Hotel and Hall. Built by three veterans of the Mexican War, the hotel was a one-story adobe and the hall a one-story frame building. These were destroyed by fire in 1866 and replaced by two-story . . . — Map (db m80731) HM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — 316 — Sonoma Barracks
Erected in 1836 by General H. G. Vallejo. Headquarters of Bear Flag Party which on June 14, 1846 proclaimed a “California Republic” and raised the Bear Flag on Sonoma’s Plaza. Twenty three days later, July 7, 1846, Commodore John Drake . . . — Map (db m15283) HM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — Sonoma Brewing Company
The Sonoma Brewing Co., established under the leadership of John Steiner was promoted in the pages of the Sonoma Index-Tribune by its publisher Harry N. Granice, a major stock holder in the brewery. The brewery, which had one of the best equipped . . . — Map (db m54577) HM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — Sonoma Depot
On January 2, 1976 the original depot was destroyed by fire. With the united efforts of the City of Sonoma, Sonoma Valley Historical Society and hundreds of interested and dedicated citizens, sufficient funds were collected to reconstruct the . . . — Map (db m102578) HM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — Sonoma Valley Women’s Club
Sonoma Valley Women’s Club was founded September 21, 1901 by eleven local women led by Martha Stearns. In 1911 the lot at 574-First Street East was purchased by S.V.W.C. from Katherine Poppe on which their club house was to be built. Funds for . . . — Map (db m78923) HM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — 496 — Swiss Hotel
Constructed about 1850 by Don Salvador Vallejo. This adobe adjoined his first Sonoma dwelling built in 1836. Occupied by various pioneers. It was the house in 1861 of Dr. Victor J. Faure, vintner of prize winning wine made from grapes of the Vallejo . . . — Map (db m15281) HM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — 2008-3 — Temelec Hall
Captain Granville P. Swift, great-gandnephew to Daniel Boone and early pioneer to California, spent his 21st birthday in 1842 building balsa reed rafts to float hides and tallow down the Sacramento River to Benicia to trade for supplies. Swift . . . — Map (db m80734) HM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — CHL 237 — Temelec Hall
This structure was erected in 1858 by Captain Granville R. Swift, a member of the Bear Flag Party. The stone in the building was quarried here by native Indian labor. General Persifor F. Smith, U.S. Military Commander-in-Chief in California, lived . . . — Map (db m80735) HM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — The End of the Mission Trail1523 – 1823
The Mission Trail marked the three hundred years of Spanish-Mexican settlement. It travelled as far south as Guatemala and traversed Mexico to advance through eleven of our present day United States. In 1823 Mission San Francisco Solano was founded, . . . — Map (db m15294) HM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — The Last Mission
At this site, on July 4, 1823 Father Altimra set up a Camp Alter and planted the Holy Cross. The troops fired a volley, and the Padre sang in adoration of the cross. A Mass was celebrated in gratitude, and the place was named San Francisco Solano. . . . — Map (db m15317) HM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — 136-02 — The Poppe-Parmelee Building
This is the site of the Poppe General Store, law office and flats, portions of which date back to 1861, all of which were destroyed by a fire in 1911. The following year this building was constructed as a law office, using fireproof concrete and . . . — Map (db m66091) HM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — 2008-2 — The Sonoma Cheese Factory
This building is dedicated to Celso Viviani, an Italian immigrant who came to Sonoma, California in 1910 Celso began making cheese in 1921 and started his cheese making business in 1931. He constructed this building in 1944 and opened the cheese . . . — Map (db m15293) HM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — The Sonoma Community Center
This historic 1916 landmark, now the Sonoma Community Center, was the original home of the Sonoma Grammar School. It was purchased by Dr. Carroll Andrews and donated to the people of Sonoma in 1952. The center is a non-profit run by a dedicated . . . — Map (db m102581) HM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — The Sonoma Index-Tribune
The Sonoma Index was founded in 1879 by Benjamin Frank. It is the successor to the Sonoma Bulletin (1852-1855), the first California newspaper published north of San Francisco. The Index was purchased in 1884 by Harry H. Granice, maternal . . . — Map (db m78925) HM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — Toscano Hotel
Original construction of store, library and dwelling which forms nucleus of this building in 1852 by Nathansons on land previously owned by Vallejo, this property was leased by Leiding to McKeague in 1877 and remodeled to become Eureka Hotel. 1886 . . . — Map (db m15287) HM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — Trinity Episcopal Church
Trinity traces its origins to St. Mary’s Hall, an Episcopal school for girls, established on the plaza by the Rev. John Leonard Ver Mehr on September 1, 1853, at the invitation of Sonoma founder Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo. During the next several . . . — Map (db m15254) HM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — Vasquez House
Built 1856 California Heritage Council Award of Merit Sonoma League for Historic Preservation Headquarters Dedicated May 1, 1976 — Map (db m15249) HM
California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — Vella Cheese Factory
This stone building, having withstood a fire and numerous earthquakes, was originally constructed in 1904 to house a brewery During “Prohibition”, in 1931, Gaetano “Tom” Vella and his wife, Zolita, Clerici Vella converted . . . — Map (db m78905) HM

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