Lost Napa Valley

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Napa Valley, once known for its cattle and silver mines, has grown into an international wine destination. On the way, many buildings and institutions have vanished. From the Von Uhlit family’s fruit farm in Napa to the Wheeler Ranch in St. Helena, fields and orchards became neighborhoods and vineyards. The Dolphin, a steamboat that once delivered travelers from San Francisco, was replaced by faster transport, and the Napa State Hospital’s original “castle” was demolished. The Sawyer Tannery, in operation for over one hundred years, closed its doors in 1990, and destinations like the Kay Von Drive-In and the Bel Aire Bowl now live on only in memory. Join author and historian Lauren Coodley as she celebrates these once-beloved landmarks in California’s Wine Country.
ISBN: 9781467147644
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: California
Series: Lost
Images: 127
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Lauren Coodley began her career tutoring students for the GED and teaching night school psychology at Napa’s junior college in the late ’70s. She invented and taught classes ranging from “American Women’s History” to “Overcoming Math Anxiety” to “Napa-Vallejo History.” She was the first tenured woman to teach history. Since her retirement, she is caring for her grandsons and continuing her writing career.
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