Napa Valley Chronicles

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In 1905, Napa's mayor, J.A. Fuller, announced, "Napa for half a century has been slumbering in a Rip Van Winkle sleep but she has awakened at last." Back then, fifteen cents bought coffee and a donut at the Depot and Sawyer's Tannery made soft leather baseball gloves. In this collection, local author Lauren Coodley reimagines the unvarnished country life of historic Napa Valley through the stories of notables like postmaster Ernest Kincaid, "Napa Register" reporter Phyllis King, firefighter historian Rita Bordwell and Brewster's owners Rachel and Larry Friedman. Trace the region's lasting legacy, from the time when a horse and buggy purchased Browns Valley to the days when art galleries replaced blue-collar businesses and the California grape took center stage from Sunsweet prunes.
ISBN: 9781609499266
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: California
Series: American Chronicles
Images: 78
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Historian Lauren Coodley is the author of numerous articles and books about Napa Valley and California heritage. Coodley holds an MA in History from Sonoma State University and has taught courses on regional and national history at Napa Valley College, where she was awarded the McPherson Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2003.
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