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Nestled along the banks of Putah Creek, just below a gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Winters is known for its old railroad bridge, opera house, Buckhorn Restaurant, and historic downtown, as well as its access to Lake Berryessa. Once part of a Mexican land grant called Rancho Rio de Los Putos, the town of Winters was born in 1875 when the Vaca Valley Railroad extended a line through the area. It became a thriving agricultural community, and from an era of booming local businesses with hotels, warehouses, and department stores once known as Apricot City, it has evolved into the town known today as "the Gateway to Lake Berryessa."
ISBN: 9780738569147
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 215
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Dorothy M. O'Neil, a self-published author and amateur genealogist, is related by marriage to the Hemenway family. Starting with Walter Hemenway, a professional photographer in 1900, she has gathered photographs from boxes under beds, trunks in attics, and 100-year-old portraits framed and hanging in family homes. This book not only preserves many photographs of local pioneer families, but the history of a town that was part of the great American West, a time before the dam was built, Lake Berryessa created, or the railroad tracks taken out-a time gone by.
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