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Over the past decade, the town of Yountville has received worldwide recognition as a tourist destination specializing in fine wine, luxurious hotel and spa accommodations, and award-winning restaurants. In fact, these achievements and accolades have earned it the name "Heart of the Napa Valley." Longtime residents, however, realize that Yountville's temperate weather, rich soils, and serene environs have been attracting visitors to the area not for decades but rather for thousands of years. The original indigenous residents called the surrounding area Caymus and constructed their homes out of willow and tule. Later the village of Caymus became known as Sebastopol, a name used by mountain man George C. Yount, the first American settler to receive a Mexican land grant. Yount's Kentucky-style blockhouse provided a welcome mat for many of California's early pioneers. He is also credited with planting some of the first grapevines in the Napa Valley. Upon his death in 1865, local residents wanted to honor the contribution of Yount and changed the name from Sebastopol to Yountville.
ISBN: 9780738569659
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 170
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
With the help of Yountville residents, the archives of the Napa Valley Museum, and the Napa Historical Society, museum educator Pat Alexander has assembled a series of images that witness the incredible transformation of the town of Yountville over the past 200 years.
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