Historic Sites and Points of Interest in Yolo County

Yolo County Horse Show
Carriage Horses from Three Feathers Ranch at the Yolo County Horse Show
11 August 2006

Corner Store in Guinda, California
Corner Store in Guinda, Population ~225
11 August 2006

Yolo County was one of the original 27 counties created when California became a state in 1850.

The name Yolo may be derived from the native Patwin Indian word yo-loy meaning “abounding in the rushes.” Other historians believe it to be the name of the Indian chief, Yodo, or the Indian village of Yodoi.

The first recorded contact with Westerners occurred in the late 1830s. These included Spanish missionaries as well as trappers and hunters who could be found along the banks of Cache Creek, which was named by French-Canadian trappers.

The first white settler was William Gordon who received a land grant from the Mexican government in 1842 and began planting wheat and other crops.

The towns of Yolo County first developed along the Sacramento River. Its first town, Fremont, was founded in 1849 along the confluence of the Sacramento and Feather Rivers and became the first county seat. Knights Landing, Washington, Cacheville (later called Yolo), Clarksburg, Winters, Esparto, Capay, Guinda, and Davisville (Davis) were all built near waterways. Davisville had the added advantage of being on the path of the newly constructed railroad.

Woodland, which became the county seat in 1862, began in a wooded area of valley oaks and was also served by a nearby railroad.

Source: Yolo County


 
Name Address City Year Authority ID Sort Address Sort Name
Animal Science BuildingWest Quad and Peter J. Shields AvenueUniversity of California Davis1928National1986001354University of CaliforniaAnimal Science Building
Beamer House19 3rd StreetWoodlandNational1982002283 Street 03 0019Beamer House
Cañon School Highway 16 and County Road 76Brooks1884National1972000264BrooksCañon School
Capay-Langville School Main Street East of CR 85CapayPOIMainCapay-Langville School
Cranstan House610 First StreetWoodlandPOI Street 0610Cranstan House
Davis City Hall226 F StreetDavisPOI Street F 0226Davis City Hall
Davis SubwayRichards Boulevard Between Olive Drive and 1st StreetDavis1917National1998000713Richards Boulevard 0000 Olive Davis Subway
Downtown Winters Historic District1-48 Main StreetWinters1875National1996001536Main 0001Downtown Winters Historic District
Downtown Woodland Historic DistrictMain Street From Elm Street to Third StreetWoodland1866National1999000471Main 0000 Elm Downtown Woodland Historic District
Dresbach-Hunt-Boyer House604 2nd StreetDavis1875National1976000540 Street 02 0604Dresbach-Hunt-Boyer House
Gable Mansion659 First StreetWoodland1885California864 Street 01 0659Gable Mansion
Gibson House512 Gibson RoadWoodlandNational1976000542Gibson 0512Gibson House
Hotel Woodland426 Main StreetWoodland1927National1994001225Main 0426Hotel Woodland
I Street BridgeState Highway 16SacramentoNational1982002233State Highway 016 0000I Street Bridge
I.O.O.F. Building723 Main StreetWoodland1905National1982002284Main 0723I.O.O.F. Building
Knights LandingOn Levee at Front and Mill StreetsKnights LandingPOIFrontKnights Landing
Leake House547 2nd StreetWoodlandPOI Street 0547Leake House
Lincoln HighwayRussell Boulevard and B StreetDavisPOIRussellLincoln Highway
Lincoln HighwayRussell Boulevard and Arthur StreetDavisPOIRussellLincoln Highway
Moore HouseCounty Road 18C Between Highway 113 and County Road 102WoodlandNational1978000827County Road 18CMoore House
Nelson Ranch41070 County Road 18CWoodlandNational1972000266County Road 18C 41070Nelson Ranch
Porter Building501-511 Main StreetWoodland1914National1978000828Main 0501Porter Building
Route 66 Homage52 Jefferson StreetWoodlandPOIJefferson 0052Route 66 Homage
Rumsey Town HallState Highway 16 and Manzanita StreetRumseyNational1972000265State Highway 016 ManzanitaRumsey Town Hall
Solano House Pony Express Remount StationOld Davis RoadDavisPOIOld DavisSolano House Pony Express Remount Station
Southern Pacific Railroad Station840 2nd StreetDavis1913National1976000541 Street 02 0840Southern Pacific Railroad Station
Tower BridgeState Highway 275 Across Sacramento RiverSacramentoNational1982004845State Highway 275 0000Tower Bridge
Tufts House434 J StreetDavis1890National1979000571 Street J 0434Tufts House
Union Church of Dunnigan3615 County Road 89ADunnigan1894National2003000613County Road 89A 3615Union Church of Dunnigan
Vaca Valley Railroad Railroad Avenue at Putah CreekWintersPOIRailroadVaca Valley Railroad
Walnut Street School175 Walnut StreetWoodlandNational2006000144Walnut 0175Walnut Street School
Winters City Hall318 First StreetWintersPOI Street 01 0318Winters City Hall
Woodland Carnegie Library250 First StreetWoodland1904National1981000183 Street 01 0250Woodland Carnegie Library
Woodland Opera House320 2nd StreetWoodland1896California851 Street 02 0320Woodland Opera House
Woodland Opera House320 2nd StreetWoodland1896National1971000212 Street 02 0320Woodland Opera House
Yolo Branch Library37750 Sacramento StreetYoloNational1990001810Sacramento 37750Yolo Branch Library
Yolo County Courthouse725 Court StreetWoodlandNational1986003660Court 0725Yolo County Courthouse
Yolo County Savings Bank435 Main StreetWoodland1903POIMain 0435Yolo County Savings Bank
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