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Healdsburg, located in Sonoma County in the Northern California wine country, is a picturesque city of approximately 9,500 with a historic town square. Three valleys converge here; Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Russian River Valley.
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A Brief History of Healdsburg
Healdsburg's history dates back to the mid-1800's when farmers and gold miners began settling in the area where the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys come together.
The land was owned by Captain Henry D. Fitch, who had been given the 48,000 acre Rancho Sotoyome land grant by the Mexican government in 1844. Soto was an important chief of the Southern Pomo village of Wotoakka'ton. The native inhabitants of the region surrounding what was to be Fitch Mountain were known as the Sotoyomi. Fitch, who had business to manage in San Diego, sent Cyrus Alexander to develop the property. Alexander received 10,000 acres in what is now known as Alexander Valley for his efforts.
Josefina Carilloanother daughter of Senora Maria Ignacia Lopez Carrillo, General Mariano Vallejo's mother-in-lawhad eloped with Captain Henry D. Fitch. Josefa and her children moved to the Sotoyome Ranch after Fitch's death in 1849. In 1856, Josefa had to auction off part of the ranch to pay taxes.
Harmon Heald, an unsuccessful gold miner who had been squatting on the Sotoyome Ranch for six years, purchased 100 acres at the auction for $200. He later acquired another 65 acres from relatives. Heald had opened a small store in 1851, using the profits to buy some of Josefa Fitch's land.
Heald laid out a town complete with a central Spanish-style Plaza which remains one of the few examples of early California town planning still in existence.
Healdsburg was officially incorporated in 1867. The arrival of the Northwestern Pacific Railway in 1871 contributed to the towns success.
The Madrona Manor, built as a country retreat in 1881 by John Alexander Paxton and on the National Register of Historic Places, later became a bed and breakfast. The oldest golf course in Sonoma County, Tayman Park Golf Course in Healdsburg, was established in 1921 and has some of the best views in the county.
The Healdsburg Museum, founded in 1976, is in the former Healdsburg Carnegie Library building at 221 Matheson Street. The building, which dates to 1910, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Exhibits include Northern Sonoma County history and 19th-century clothing, antique firearms, tools, and Pomo Indian basketry. Admission is free. Open Tues. through Sun., 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.
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