Solano, The Way It Was
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Cityhood of Suisun petitioned
More autonomy was achieved 16 years later in 1884
In my last column I talked about nearby Cordelia receiving a post office in 1865 because it was on the stage route from Benicia to Sacramento and Suisun received its mail from that source until receiving its own post office in 1887.More On This Story...
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Cattle boom of 1850s short-lived in Solano
Seven years of profit flooded with losses
In my last column, Luzena Stanley Wilson described her experiences of riding across the hills of Solano County around 1851 to visit her Wolfskill neighbors at Putah Creek and encountering the vast herds of grazing black Spanish steers.More On This Story...
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Bog was barrier between two cities
Swamp made for tricky travel
I left off in my last column noting that when Fairfield became the County Seat in 1858, Fairfield was still struggling to become the more prominent city, even though it had the increased influence of being the county seat. Suisun was already an important shipping port and business community, and many of the officials made their home in Suisun rather than Fairfield.More On This Story...
Sunday, February 03, 2008
A mid 1830s ride could be just plain dangerous
Spanish cattle posed a threat to mother, kids
First Spanish missionaries and later Spanish landowners such as the Vaca, Pena and Armijo families acquired vast acreage of Northern California land to raise cattle, namely black steers.More On This Story...