The new Healdsburg Museum exhibition, Destination Healdsburg, presents historical artifacts, stories, and photos from Healdsburg’s tourism history before the era of the grape. Of special interest is a scale architectural replica of West Street (now Healdsburg Avenue) during the 1930s. The display, handcrafted over many months by John Lacaillade with Maggie Bates, is simply wonderful and will transport you back in time.
The Healdsburg Museum is open FREE to the public. Wednesday - Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The exhibit runs June 1 through October 1.
The exhibition covers these periods and highlights:
• 1860s – Stagecoaches transport visitors to “Nature’s Scenic Wonders” of the Geysers
• 1870s – Railroads bring vacationers to the Russian River and nearby hot springs
• 1880s & 1890s – Boom times! Healdsburg touted as “San Francisco of the North”
• 1900s & 1910s – Vacation homes, cottages and tents on Fitch Mountain
• 1920s to 1950s – The automobile takes over, parking becomes an issue, travel cheaply along the “Redwood Highway,“ in “Auto Camps” to visit “Russian River Resorts”
• 1960s & 1970s – Scenic agricultural splendor, cows, sheep and “Prune Blossom” tours in the surrounding valleys