Points of Interest in Mendocino County

Gualala Hotel 28 February 2018

Gualala Hotel (Date of Photo Unknown) Date of Photo Unknown
Courtesy California State Library

Gualala Hotel c1903 c1903 Photo
Courtesy Western Sonoma County Historical Society

Bull Team Logging Near Gualala
Bull Team Logging Near Gualala
1886 Photo
Courtesy California State Library

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Gualala Hotel
39301 Highway 1
Built 1903

The unincorporated community of Gualala is located on the Pacific Coast Highway six miles north of The Sea Ranch and fourteen miles south of Point Arena.

The name Gualala, pronounced wa-LA-la, is derived from the Kashaya Pomo phrase, "ah kha wa la lee" which means, "where the water flows down." Gualala is located at the mouth of the Gualala River where it flows into the Pacific Ocean.

In 1836, when California was part of Mexico, Governor Nicolás Gutiérrez granted General Rafael Gracie land between the Gualala River and Mal Paso Creek for a cattle ranch.

By 1861, after California had joined the Union, tourists were coming to Gualala to hunt and fish and relax. Gualala had a post office, a hotel, a saloon, a stage stop, a ferry and an office of Wells Fargo Express and the Western Union. By the end of the 1800s, the town was a commercial hub for the entire area with a dancing school, the Gualala Municipal Brass Band and an Opera House.

Logging along the Gualala River began in the 1850s and evolved from oxen logging, to steam donkeys, to railroad logging and ultimately tractors and trucks.

Source: Wikipedia

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