Title Images of America Cloverdale
Author Joan Wagele, Marge Gray and the Cloverdale Historical Society
Dimensions: 8.92(w) x 11.00(h) x .36(d)
Publication date: 9/3/2008
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC Images of America Series
Cloverdale residents Joan Wagele and Marge Gray selected over 200 images from the Cloverdale Historical Society’s extensive collection for this volume. With the help of other society researchers and writers, this book took shape and became a reality, bringing the city’s history to life.
Cloverdale lies nestled among forested hills and colorful vineyards at the northern end of Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley. Originally inhabited by the Makahmo Pomo with white settlers beginning to arrive in the 1850s, the town later became known as “The Orange City” because of its flourishing groves of citrus. In the latter years of the 19th century, Cloverdale welcomed trainloads of visitors arriving to enjoy its signature event, the annual Citrus Fair, to relax at Russian River resorts or to experience the geothermal wonders of The Geysers. During the same period, unique communities developed outside of town – a religious colony around a charismatic healer, a utopian community of French socialists, and an agricultural settlement of Italian immigrants that became the unparalleled Italian Swiss Colony winemaking enterprise. Over the years, Cloverdale has been a farm town, a regional transportation hub, a stopping point for Redwood Highway travelers, and a thriving lumber town. More recently, Cloverdale has been refashioning itself into a distinctive tourist destination while retaining its identity as a friendly hometown.
The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.