The Springs: Resort Towns of Sonoma Valley

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The Springs area of Sonoma Valley has a fascinating history going back to Spanish colonization of California, continuing through the Mexican period with Vallejo and the mid-19th-century sojourns of Hooker and Leavenworth, and moving into the flowering of the geothermal resort era in the 1880s. Eventually, the unincorporated towns of Boyes Hot Springs, Fetters Hot Springs, Agua Caliente, and El Verano became collectively known as The Springs, which were thriving resort communities from the 1880s through the 1960s. Sharing an illustrious history with the adjacent city of Sonoma, they continue to thrive in new ways into the 21st century. In this volume, the story of the valley is well documented in postcards, snapshots, and newspaper photographs and articles.
ISBN: 9781467124300
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 210
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Michael Acker has been a resident of the Sonoma Valley for the past 18 years. A local artist and historian, Acker is the rental coordinator at the Sonoma Community Center, past president of the Sonoma Valley Grange, and an activist in the Springs Community Alliance. He holds a master of fine arts in sculpture from San Francisco State University. The author is thankful for the participation of local collectors and longtime residents, as well as the Bancroft Library, the Sonoma County Library, the State Library of California, the Stanford University Library, and the San Francisco Public Library.
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