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Settling Putah Creek After the Gold Rush: Dr. David Vaught
The history of the settlement of this region follows a narrative more commonly found in fiction--land grabs, flood, drought, bankruptcies, booms and busts. Join Putah Creek Council, Winters History Project Commitee, and other local sponsors to learn about the history of Putah Creek and the settlment of Winters and Davis(ville) from author Dr. David Vaught.
Dr. David Vaught, Professor of History at Texas A & M University, author of the popular historical book, After the Gold Rush: Tarnished Dreams in the Sacramento Valley, will discuss his 310-page volume published in 2007 by Johns Hopkins University Press. The author’s principal research for this book was conducted in the Yolo County Archives and the Special Collections Department of the UC Davis Library. The absorbing text examines the hard-luck miners-turned farmers who dealt with floods, drought and challenging conditions to develop pioneer ranches along Putah Creek in the Davis and Winters areas of Yolo and Solano counties.
Dr. Vaught’s talk will be held on Thursday, August 8 from 7 to 9 P.M. at the historic Winters Opera House, now The Palms Playhouse, located at 13 Main Street in Winters. Co-sponsors of this event include the non-profit Winters History Project Committee, The Yolo County Historical Society, and Putah Creek Council.
This event is free and open to the public, however we suggest making a donation of $25 per person to help us cover the author's travel expenses and rental of the facility. Donations will be gratefully accepted at the door, or can be made by following the link on this page.