Solano County Historical Society

Solano County Historical Society Incorporated May 21, 1956
Since 1956 the Solano County Historical Society has been active in the preservation of our local heritage.
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09/09/2020
Solano County Library

Have you heard the story of the 1932 Vacaville Pruners Strike? Enjoy this Solano Story, a joint project of the Solano County Library and Vacaville Heritage Council to share local history...

This Labor Day, learn about a 1932 labor strike in Vacaville that turned violent. Special thanks to the Vacaville Heritage Council and the Vacaville Museum for providing the information and support to make this video possible. Also, thank you to Sonoma Springs Brewing Co. for allowing us to film on location at the old Carnegie Library.

Do you know who purchased these family heirlooms? If so please help. Thanks!
09/03/2020

Do you know who purchased these family heirlooms? If so please help. Thanks!

Would be a fun project to do today.
09/02/2020

Would be a fun project to do today.

In 1856, a 17-year-old girl from Rhode Island embarked an a unique and brilliant project. She gathered autographed pieces of silk from hundreds of celebrities (including such luminaries as Charles Dickens, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Abraham Lincoln) and incorporated them into a wonderful trompe l'oeil tumbling block design quilt. More on the stunning work here: https://buff.ly/2t6G6v9

(Pictured here: a detail featuring Lincoln's contribution in the centre.)

Brendan
08/30/2020
Brendan

Brendan

Link to column in Vallejo Times-Herald:

Trivia: Do you know what this once was? Answer will be posted tomorrow #thisplacemattered #solanohistory  @ Green Valley...
08/28/2020

Trivia: Do you know what this once was? Answer will be posted tomorrow #thisplacemattered #solanohistory @ Green Valley, Solano County, California

How many of you remember this now gone landmark?
08/22/2020
Fairfield: Last HoJo's Restaurant in California

How many of you remember this now gone landmark?

Images and brief information about the former Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge and Restaurant in Los Angeles at the Airport or Culver City location which was converted into a 4 Points by Sheraton.

History can only be saved when it is shared. What a wonderful gift for the community!
08/14/2020
Vallejo museum gets large donation from family of Port Chicago survivor

History can only be saved when it is shared. What a wonderful gift for the community!

The Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum has always had its share of information and items on the Port Chicago disaster. That collection just got a lot bigger. Thanks to the generosity of Daryl Meek…

Solano History Exploration Center
07/30/2020

Solano History Exploration Center

Answer: In 1906 the Suisun Train Depot burned down. As a temporary measure, several boxcars were placed together with siding and used as the depot until the current Suisun Train Depot was completed. This is that ‘temporary’ structure.

Any guesses before we tell the history of this structure? #solanohistory #suisuncity #thisplacematters #everyplacehasastory #shec #solanohistoryexplorationcenter

Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
07/19/2020

Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum

Our Museum Gift shop is open for curbside pickup!
During this historic pandemic, The Museum has remained closed to the public. However, our staff and volunteers have been working behind the scenes to be ready to safely reopen our doors. Now, while we await the opportunity to welcome visitors again, we’d like to invite you to browse our virtual bookstore online. If you are local and would like to save on shipping fees, please call us at (707) 643-0077 to arrange a pickup at 734 Marin Street in Downtown Vallejo, during our normal business hours.

https://vallejomuseum.net/gift-shop

Snapshots of the past...
07/15/2020

Snapshots of the past...

Treasures from the past. These items were found or are from Suisun businesses from the past. #shec #treasuresfromthepast #suisuncity #solanohitory #historymatters #historyisfun @ Suisun City, California

You may not be able to visit in person, but you can still learn all about local history by following their social media ...
07/14/2020

You may not be able to visit in person, but you can still learn all about local history by following their social media and visiting their website. Vacaville Heritage Council has a wealth of information.

In accordance with the State of California COVID-19 provisions announced today, our reopening at Old Town Hall is postponed indefinitely. However, research requests can be sent via email at [email protected]. For updates and to keep in touch, follow us on social media or visit our website. Stay safe and thank you for all of your support. #covid19 #oldtownhall #vacavilleheritagecouncil #vhc

Birthdays, anniversaries, or just because...the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum has you covered for gifts. It’s good...
07/09/2020

Birthdays, anniversaries, or just because...the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum has you covered for gifts. It’s good for you and good for them!

Our Museum Gift shop is open for curbside pickup!
During this historic pandemic, The Museum has remained closed to the public. However, our staff and volunteers have been working behind the scenes to be ready to safely reopen our doors soon. Unfortunately, those plans were recently put on hold by changes at the County level. Now, while we await the opportunity to welcome visitors again, we’d like to invite you to browse our virtual bookstore online. If you are local and would like to save on shipping fees, please call us at (707) 643-0077 to arrange a pickup at 734 Marin Street in Downtown Vallejo, during our normal business hours.

https://vallejomuseum.net/gift-shop/

Welcome to Facebook Solano History Exploration Center! Our community is lucky to have you in the neighborhood. We encour...
07/09/2020

Welcome to Facebook Solano History Exploration Center! Our community is lucky to have you in the neighborhood. We encourage everyone to like your page.

Check SHEC out! You can't visit us at our location due to COVID-19, but now we can share our love of history with you through our new FB page. Please share.

A good resource of helpful information for Solano County’s historic downtowns as they face challenges from COVID-19.
07/07/2020
Preservation News for July

A good resource of helpful information for Solano County’s historic downtowns as they face challenges from COVID-19.

Happy Birthday to the Zip Code!
07/01/2020

Happy Birthday to the Zip Code!

On July 1, 1963, we launched the ZIP code! Today, we zip around nearly 42,000 ZIP codes across the country. Do you know what ZIP stands for?

This makes us happy! Brazelton Ranch is a wonderful legacy of history.
05/19/2020

This makes us happy! Brazelton Ranch is a wonderful legacy of history.

In spite of all that we are going through we hope there are things to look forward to like the first apricot or peach of the season. Solano Land Trust and the Brazelton Family have partnered to preserve the Brazelton Ranch forever. This beautiful family owned and family farmed property will continue in agriculture uses forever. Nothing will change. The family will own it, the peaches will grow and the cattle will graze. The view will be just as it is with no future development. Keep an eye out for updates on the fruit stand at Brazelton Ranch. I know we are all looking forward to enjoying fresh local apricots, peaches, plums, nectarines and much more this summer and fall!!

Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
05/16/2020

Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum

When Hogan High School closed down, Maria Guevara showed up at the Museum's back door with literally a truck load of memorabilia from the school - everything from photographs and student essays to sports trophies and band instruments. She didn't ask first if we needed it, she just knew that rescuing it was the right thing to do. Rest in Peace Maria.

PlaceEconomics
05/06/2020

PlaceEconomics

NEW WEBINAR: 24 Reasons Historic Preservation is Good for Your Community! May 13, 2pm EST. Register here: tinyurl.com/24reasonswebinar Historic preservation is under attack in many cities in the US. The motivations of the critics vary, from the ideological to anti-regulatory zealotry to the mistaken to the simply greedy. Over the last five years PlaceEconomics has done analyses of the impacts of historic preservation in nearly a dozen cities of all sizes throughout the United States. We’ve looked at the numbers, spoken to the communities, and seen for ourselves–historic preservation is good for communities. From that research we’ve assembled the many reasons why historic preservation is good for your city. Join us to learn 24 different advocacy arguments for the positive impacts of historic preservation. #historicpreservation

National History Day California
04/29/2020

National History Day California

An important resource for preservationists, planning departments, and local history advocates.
04/27/2020

An important resource for preservationists, planning departments, and local history advocates.

The Society for California Archaeology announces the publication of new CEQA Guidance documents regarding the evaluation and review of cultural resources in the CEQA process. A new CEQA brochure includes links to the new documents and information about the CEQA process. Access all of the publications on the SCA Guidance Documents webpage: https://scahome.org/professional-guidance-documents/

Something to look forward to that supports local history.
04/17/2020

Something to look forward to that supports local history.

The 2020 Vallejo Garden Tour has a NEW DATE! We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, September 20 from 10:00 to 5:00. Visit eight of Vallejo’s most beautiful gardens on the annual Tour, which is a major fundraiser for the Museum.
This year’s Tour features a wide range of garden styles, including two gardens on Mare Island and another low-water design featuring apple and fruit cocktail trees, a raised-bed vegetable garden, and a welcoming habitat for butterflies and honey bees. There will be gardens for all tastes – large or small, traditional or exotic!
Garden vendors, a plant sale, information booths, and displays will be featured all day on Marin Street in downtown Vallejo, in front of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum. Solano County Master Gardeners also will be on hand to answer your questions.
Tickets for the Vallejo Garden Tour are $40. Purchase tickets before August 29 and get three tickets for the price of two. Tickets are available after June 15 at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum - 734 Marin Street and at Visit Vallejo! (Vallejo Convention and Visitors Bureau) at the Vallejo Ferry Terminal - 289 Mare Island Way. For more information call 707-643-0077 or visit www.vallejomuseum.org

National Park Service
04/09/2020

National Park Service

Recreate safely and responsibly! Avoid high-risk outdoor activities, practice social distancing, stay in your local area and follow leave no trace principles. If you do head out, follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases: maintain a distance of at least six feet from others, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and stay home if you feel sick.

Check with your local national park for the latest information on service and operations available. Updates about the NPS response to the coronavirus will be posted at www.nps.gov/coronavirus.

Connect with national parks online through digital opportunities and activities to do in your own home. To learn more, visit https://www.nps.gov/subjects/npscelebrates/find-your-virtual-park.htm

#SlowTheSpread #RecreateResponsibly

A great resource for researchers, preservationists, and anyone who loves history.
04/07/2020

A great resource for researchers, preservationists, and anyone who loves history.

The California Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) is pleased to announce the launch of the Built Environment Resource Directory (BERD): https://ohp.parks.ca.gov/berd.
The BERD is an online data source, which lists California properties by county, and provides information regarding cultural, non-archaeological resources that have been processed through the OHP. Information in the BERD will be useful for state and federal agencies, local governments, tribal communities, cultural resource professionals, and the public by allowing them to quickly and easily identify properties and ascertain if they have been evaluated as significant by the OHP.
“It has long been the intent to make non-confidential information within the State’s inventory readily available to the public. I am pleased to be making progress in that effort with the release of the Built Environment Resources Directory,” says State Historic Preservation Officer Julianne Polanco.

Image: Bidwell Mansion, Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park, Chico, CA. Photo courtesy of California State Parks.

04/05/2020
Visit Fairfield, California

Visit Fairfield, California

A little moment of zen featuring a past Western Railway Museum spring train rolling through green fields.

Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
04/02/2020

Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum

Although the Museum remains closed for now, our mission of collecting Vallejo’s history continues. The Covid-19 outbreak is a challenge for our community and for our nation. Unique personal stories will emerge about Vallejo's response to the pandemic. What’s your story? Share your photos and stories of this unique event here, or via email to the Museum at [email protected]. Stay safe and well.

A fun find we came across on the Internet while researching Asa Crocker from Suisun. Not sure who posted it - but gratef...
03/26/2020

A fun find we came across on the Internet while researching Asa Crocker from Suisun. Not sure who posted it - but grateful someone saved it.

Vacaville Heritage Council
03/15/2020

Vacaville Heritage Council

Adventure awaits! While the community is in Shelter at Home, we have online resources at vacavilleheritagecouncil.org for you to enjoy the rich history of Solano County from the comfort of home. #vacavilleheritagecouncil #solanohistory #oldtownhall #thisplacematters #adventureawaits

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Physical Address: Vacaville Heritage Council, 618 East Main Street, Vacaville, California 95688 Hours of Operation: Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or by appointment

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Link to column in Vallejo Times-Herald:
I have searched some old Vallejo city directories, but I am looking for the exact location of 1 Mile, Napa Rd, Vallejo. It was owned by the Crosby family. (the Original One Mile House). Q: is it one mile from where Broadway starts, or as I have been told, one mile from the main gate of Mare Island?
Solano Chronicles By Brendan Riley Frank “Deafy” Derrick, one of Vallejo’s most colorful characters a century ago, claimed to have ridden with Kit Carson to Montana, where he met William “Buffalo Bill” Cody and they both became Pony Express riders and Indian fighters. It turns out Derrick made up many of his stories – but he still had plenty of true horseback adventures. When Derrick died in 1938, the San Francisco native was eulogized as “one of the last links” to the Wild West. Newspapers recounted his story of running away at age 10 and winding up in Virginia City, Nev.. He said he then rode with Carson from Nevada to Montana, meeting Cody there in 1862. “Deafy,” who got his nickname (pronounced deefy) because he was deaf, also told of fighting Indians on his 75-mile-long Pony Express route. He said he was wounded 10 times by bullets and arrows. There are many holes in those stories. For starters, in 1862 “Buffalo Bill” was a teen-ager in Kansas, and his own claim of riding for the Pony Express has been challenged. The Pony Express started in 1860, lasted only 18 months and was gone before the end of 1861 – and its route never ran through Montana. Then there’s Derrick’s claim in his later years to be nine or ten years older than he really was – possibly to put him closer in age to “Buffalo Bill” and make his stories more believable. But numerous records show he was born in 1856. Skinny boys in their teens were favored as Pony Express riders, but not 6-year-old children – Derrick’s age in 1862. As for riding with Kit Carson, Carson’s last stop in Nevada was in 1853 – three years before Derrick was born – and he was mainly in New Mexico throughout the 1860s. The 1912 edition of “History of Solano and Napa Counties,” which includes brief biographies of leading citizens of the two counties, states that Francis William Derrick was born on March 26, 1856. Several census and voter registration reports over many years indicate the same birth year. Derrick’s claim of running away is plausible, given a tragic childhood. In 1869, at age 13, he was sent to an orphanage after his father was shot in the head and died. The boy’s stepmother, Elizabeth, had left home and John Derrick, a Mare Island Naval Shipyard carpenter, wanted her to return. He came to her apartment in San Francisco and argued with her and Frank Edwards, who was in the room. Shots were fired, John Derrick was killed and his wife and Edwards were wounded. Elizabeth and Edwards were arrested, but said John shot them and then committed suicide. A coroner’s inquiry was unable to determine who pulled the trigger. It’s not clear how long young Frank was in the San Francisco orphanage. His 1912 biography says only that “early in life circumstances brought him to Vallejo, and here he was educated in the public schools.” Outside the classroom, he also learned how to handle horses and in 1876, at age 20, was a horse trainer. For years he broke horses and was involved in rodeos and long-distance horse races. He participated in many parades and “Wild West” shows in Northern California, displaying all the popular symbols of frontier identity – fast horses, a fringed buckskin outfit, cowboy hat, pistols and a rifle with several notches. He also had some scrapes with the law, including an 1881 arrest for shooting holes in two large storefront windows on Georgia Street in Vallejo; and assault charges, eventually dropped, stemming from an 1891 barroom brawl in San Francisco. Derrick declared himself “the champion of the Pacific coast” as an endurance rider. His record of a `186-mile ride in 12 hours, changing horses in a “pony express” manner, was set in about 1900 and stood for more than 30 years. Derrick also was the bronco-riding champion at the 1900 state fair in Sacramento, and perfected assorted roping and riding tricks. At a Petaluma fair in 1890, he awed a large crowd by galloping across a racetrack, stretched out sideways on his horse, and snatching handkerchiefs off the ground. “He proved to be as deaf as a basalt block and as reckless as an Arizona cattle-puncher,” the San Francisco Examiner reported. An Oakland Tribune story in 1928 noted that Derrick, “garbed in a leather costume and mounted on his beautiful horse,” portrayed his inspiration, “Buffalo Bill,” in an Admission Day parade in Oakland. Derrick’s skill with a lariat served him well as Vallejo’s dog-catcher for many years – he could rope strays with ease. However, he ended up in a fistfight in 1912 after snaring a dog whose owner claimed was properly licensed. In a 1922 incident, he tried to rope a small dog and instead caught its owner by the leg. He rode around town in a horse-drawn wagon with a cage in the back, and there are stories of local kids sneaking up to the cage and letting out the dogs that Derrick had lassoed. Derrick also ran a stable in downtown Vallejo in the early 1900s, and won praise for his expertise as a veterinarian. However, his two degrees in veterinary science came from what the American Veterinary Medical Association termed mail-order diploma mills. One school offered a two-volume study booklet, tests to be taken at home and mailed back to the school, and a diploma for $20 on a time-payment plan, or $11.25 for cash in advance. Derrick’s tall tales may not stand up to fact-checking, but he clearly made a strong impression on people. Tutty Lyon, 100, still remembers him, as “an old man with a long white beard. He went around town in his wagon, picking up all the stray dogs.” The late Gene Gelling, who as a high school student lived next door to Derrick and helped him with his veterinary work, discovered in 1983 that Derrick was buried in an unmarked grave in Sunrise Cemetery. He organized a fundraising drive for a headstone, and also assembled a booklet that described Derrick, in his final years, as “one of the last living legends of the old west.” ------------------------- Vallejo and other Solano County communities are treasure troves of early-day California history. The “Solano Chronicles” column, running every other Sunday, highlights various aspects of that history. My source references are available upon request. If you have local stories or photos to share, email me at [email protected]. You can also send any material care of the Times-Herald, 420 Virginia St.; or the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, 734 Marin St., Vallejo 94590.
“History is important. If you don't know history it is as if you were born yesterday. And if you were born yesterday, anybody up there in a position of power can tell you anything, and you have no way of checking up on it.” ― Howard Zinn
Good evening! I have been working on family genealogy and have been looking for any information I can on Daniel & Charlotte Berry who died in Solano County in 1865 & 1881. Any information would be forever grateful!
Are there any photos of the Sheriff department members from the 1970s?
I'm starting a web page that highlights historical & abandoned homes in are area. Know of any?
I need help investigating the site where Suisunes indians either fought the Spanish amd were slain, or they died some other tragic death. The kicker is that the "Zodiac Killer" was dumping bodies in the same spot, so carbon dating will be a factor. Contact me at [email protected] Need help, guidance, and another good investigator. Call me "Lip"