Sunday, July 26, 1998

Pena Adobe has a colorful history

Famous local dwelling shows roots of Vacaville

The Pena Adobe, a registered historical landmark, was the original home of Juan Felipe Pena, one of the first European settlers in the area in the 1840s. Today the city of Vacaville along with the Vacaville Heritage Council is working on making repairs and upgrading the environment so that the artifacts that relate to the adobe’s heritage may be safely housed there. Volunteers are wanted for this project. The goal is to bring the adobe up to the standards of a quality museum-like structure and then maintain regular hours with volunteer docents.

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Sunday, July 19, 1998

County grows, mellows and heats up

1869 saw fires, trains in Solano

In 1869, a correspondent reported on the current changes due to the advent of the railroad:

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Sunday, July 12, 1998

Steamers, trains provide Solano transportation

Mule thief turns out to be San Quentin escapee; set free

The steamer Cora made daily trips between Suisun, Benicia and San Francisco. The fare to and from San Francisco was a dollar each way.
There was a great deal of complaint about the racing on the waters between the steamer New World and the boats of the California Steamship Navigation Co. It was feared a terrible explosion or serious accident would occur. The captain of the New World responded that the New World was simply keeping her regular speed, which other boats were unable to excel.

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Sunday, July 05, 1998

Suisun City grows roots around it’s businesses

City’s expansion began during 1850s, 1860s

Suisun City had its roots in the 1850s. Credit for the discovery of the area dates back to 1850, when Curtis Wilson and Dr. John Baker happened to sail up the winding Suisun Slough and they recorded their finding. The environment was mainly tule land populated with mud hens and a herd of elk.

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