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“Some years back I (Kay Archuleta) wrote a story about Calistoga in its early days as a supplement for the centennial edition of the The Weekly Calistogan, of which Lois Carroll Winston was then editor and publisher. When Bernice and Ben Sharpsteen began work on their inspired project to reconstruct in miniature Sam Brannan’s Hot Springs “empire”, they also encouraged me to write an enlargement and updating of the original story.” -Kay Archuleta
From Chapter 1: “This is a story of the lovely mountain-girdled valley that lies at the foot of Mount St. Helena, from early recorded days to the beginning of the “modern” period of the 1880s. It is a story of the people and the land and what each has contributed to the other.
It is also a story of the Mormon soldier-of-fortune who poured thousands of dollars into the upper Napa Valley Springs Ground in an effort to make of it “the best spa in the world.” His accidental naming of the Hot Springs Township itself makes such a good tale, so much in keeping with the make-up of the mand who founded a town around the age-old Indian health resort that it probably really happened that way and so bears re-telling.”
Softbound, 6” x 9”, 116 pages, b/w illustrations