Solano, The Way It Was

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Story of Monticello Dam flows with water needs

Structure nears 50th anniversary of completion

In a few weeks, Solano County will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Monticello Dam.  The dam made possible the creation of Lake Berryessa, which fulfilled a vision of earlier to secure a reliable water supply for local farmers and city residents.

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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Painting a tale of pink houses, spiral staircases

Pair of families built their homes in Suisun Valley

In my last column, we went over the history of the Perry family and the house that was built in the 1860s that still stands, although probably not for long.  The last of the Perry family, Clyde, will vacate the house just before demolition, likely in the near future.

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Air base doubles Solano’s Population

Four war years, 1940 to 1944 see huge growth

The mid 1940’s saw an unprecedented population growth in the Vacaville and Fairfield areas, due to the incoming personel for the new Fairfield-Suisun air base. For several years, both cities struggled to accommodate their new residents. Federal Housing Public Authority projects such as Waterman Park in Fairfield and Vaca Valley Acres in Vacaville were built quickly.

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Sunday, September 02, 2007

Aging structures in county spotlight

Beauty of old homes belies passing years

Before I launch into this column I need to let several people who e-mailed me with questions know that my trusty old portable computer went up in smoke, and I lost all the questions. So, if I haven’t answered you in the last month or so, try again.

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