Solano County, California

One of the richest fruit and grain counties in the state is Solano, which borders on the straits of Carquinez and Suisun bay. Its area is 628 square miles, and it has a population of 25,000, a rapid growth from the 18,475 given in the United States census of 1880. Fairfield, the county seat, is the center of a large trade, and other important towns are Suisun, Rio Vista, Benicia, Cordelia and Vallejo. The latter is the largest place in the county, and is noted as the site of Mare Island navy-yard, the only government naval station on this coast. For many years Solano County was chiefly famous for the large crops of wheat that it produced, but of late years it has established an equal reputation for fruit-growing. The Vaca valley region is celebrated as among the great fruit sections of the state. The warmth and equability of the climate in this favored valley insures remarkably early and heavy crops of all kinds of fruit. From Vacaville, the chief town in the valley, no less than ten car-loads of fruit are daily shipped during the season. The county has the best health record in the state. The assessed valuation in 1889 was $19, 182,050.


Source: California State Gazetteer and Business Directory 1890, Volume II, R. L. Polk & Company, 1890.

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