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El Verano, CA is an unincoporated community in Sonoma Valley located to the west of the City of Sonoma. It is bounded by Sonoma Creek to the east, Petaluma Avenue to the south, Carriger Road to the west and Craig Avenue to the north.

El Verano/History

El Verano, CA was named after the Spanish term for "Summer" by developer George H. Maxwell. The town was established in 1888 when a new depot was built two miles west of Sonoma and Maxwell sold lots for $80 a piece. The town closed down when Maxwell was unable to guarantee property titles. [citation needed]

Train passengers soon helped put El Verano on the map as a popular destination with hotels such as Parente's, Paul's Resort, and El Verano Villa. The center of social activity was the Bellevue Hotel.

A post office was established in 1889 with Henry Kleefer as postmaster.

The town had a short-lived newspaper called The Whistle which ran for two years.1


1. http://users.ap.net/~chenae/socotown.html

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