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Healdsburg was founded in 1857, when Harmon Heald, gold seeker and pioneer merchant, laid out a central plaza among the trees to serve as the heart of one of California's early communities. As Healdsburg evolved from rough farm town to wine-country destination, the plaza has drawn residents and visitors together to shop, socialize, and celebrate. The Western Wappo and Southern Pomo people lived on the bounty of this generous land and created the finest woven baskets in the world. The American settlers in the 1860s found these rich valleys could grow virtually any crop. In 1871, the railroad opened up new markets for farm produce and established Healdsburg as the center of a prosperous agricultural district.
ISBN: 9780738530604
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
The Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society has assembled a pictorial history of a remarkable place that celebrates its 150th birthday in 2007. Healdsburg's elegant homes, municipal concerts, water carnivals, social scene, and the plaza's arboreal redesign are all depicted here, along with the burgeoning wine industry. The wineries were severely impacted by the Prohibition era, but today they are the leading economic force in the region.
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