In 1900, thousands of American citizens lived in and around the expanding town of Healdsburg: beneath Fitch Mountain, in the Alexander Valley, and all along the Russian River. Just one hundred years earlier, it was a vastly different place. Explore this "century of change" and the people who experienced it: the native Pomo and Wappo, the visiting Russian fur traders, the settlers of the Mexican Ranchos, and finally, the American squatters— all of whom once called this land their home.
A region of great agricultural bounty, the valleys that surround the historic town of Healdsburg are known for a fair number of different crops. But for half a century, the prune industry— from plum trees, to packing plants— dominated the local economy.
Examine the story of how historic Healdsburg came to be. The story of Healdsburg is also the story of an entrepreneurial squatter and pioneer named Harmon Heald.
Copyright 2007 KRCB North Bay Public Media
Writer & Producer
David Levitt Waxman.
Healdsburg Museum & Historical Society.