Napa County Points of Interest

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Whiskey Crossing
Chiles-Pope Valley Road
Lake Hennessey
Year c1845

The marker reads:

Whiskey Crossing

One and one half miles north of here, at the second crossing of Chiles Creek, is the spot known as Whiskey Crossing. Although shrouded in folklore, the origin of the name is based upon a probable incident that took place in the early days of Napa County. A man returning from Joseph B. Chiles' Rancho Catacula with a cask of whiskey was fording the creek when the cask toppled from his wagon and burst apart in the creek. Another tale asserts that teamsters from Knoxville to Napa would break open or perhaps finish a bottle here, about the half-way point in the journey.

Dedicated August 20, 1988
Sam Brannan Chapter No. 1004
E Clampus Vitus

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