August 26, 2008
old window, Petaluma Adobe
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photo by Donald Kinney
Petaluma, California, about 30 miles north of San Francisco has a colorful past.
It's been called "The Eggbasket of the USA", and "Normal-town, USA"... Street sequences in American Graffiti were filmed right there in downtown Petaluma.
But two miles east of town is an older part of Petaluma's history -- the Petaluma Adobe, which served as the center of General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo's 66,000-acre (100 square miles) working rancho from 1836 - 1846. I recommend the two-dollar tour -- peek into the living quarters of the servants, workers, supervisor, and Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo himself. See how they processed wool and tanned hides, grew and milled grain, and check out their authentic bee-hive ovens out in the courtyard.
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