Fairfield, California (Images of America Series)

Fairfield, California (Images of America Series)

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Fairfield, California (Images of America Series) by Sabine Goerke-Shrode, Sabine Goerke-shrode


Now a fast-growing city of over 100,000, Fairfield was once the home of the Patwin Suisuni Indians, whose famous Chief Solano became one of the few native landowners in California in the 1830s. Halfway between San Francisco and Sacramento on the route to the gold fields, the town was founded by clipper ship captain Robert Waterman. A shrewd trader, Waterman offered the new Solano County government free land and cash to relocate to his new city, making it the county seat. Soon the railroad, and later the state highway, chose a route through Fairfield, creating an urban center for the beautiful agricultural valleys that surround it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738528885
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 06/01/2005
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 854,163
Product dimensions: 6.52(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.33(d)

About the Author


Journalist, scholar, and former curator of the Vacaville Museum, Sabine Goerke-Shrode adds her insightful commentary to the photographic treasures of the Vacaville Heritage Council and the Vacaville Museum in this delightful journey into the history of Fairfield and its short-lived satellite community, Cement City. She has many writing credits, including her bimonthly history column, “Solano—the Way It Was,” in Vacaville’s Reporter.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments6
Introduction7
1Suisun Indians and Californio Dons9
2Founding a City: Capt. Robert Waterman17
3Creating the Government Center: Courthouse Square25
4Completing the Government Center: High School and Library37
5Business Growth along Texas Street59
6Serving the Community83
7Enjoying the Good Life95
8Field and Orchard109
9The Town of Cement119

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