Stories from Gaye Lebaron

LeBaron: Summertime in county stirs memories

With Fourth of July come and gone, summer has officially begun in Sonoma County, stirring memories of lazy days past.

LeBaron: History repeats itself with Hwy. 37 toll road proposal

A consortium of private builders seeks to turn Highway 37 into a toll road. It wouldn’t be the first time. PD columnist Gaye LeBaron shares the history of the traffic-clogged route.

A Sonoma County cemetery with a pioneer story

It was a pioneer tale of terror and hardship as well as great good luck that brought the Canfield family to rest in Sonoma County.

LeBaron: The man behind Sonoma County's 1st tech company

Rolf Illsley brought Sonoma County its first tech startup in the 1950s when he rode his motorcycle across the United States, aiming to find a place to relocate his company, Gaye LeBaron writes.

LeBaron: The shakeup in Santa Rosa after ’69 quakes

With talk of earthquakes all around, it’s worth a look back at the impact of the twin quakes that struck the city in 1969 and the redevelopment they set in motion.

LeBaron: Police tales show a different Santa Rosa

Former police officers recalled a time when Santa Rosa had but one homeless person — and none of the officers had ever seen a marijuana plant, Gaye LeBaron writes.

LeBaron: Think you’re a Sonoma County old-timer?

Not sure if you qualify as an official Sonoma County old-timer? Let’s see what you remember.

LeBaron: The building boom that reshaped Santa Rosa

A new exhibit at the Sonoma County Museum revisits stories from the postwar years, including when Santa Rosa’s population went from 17,000 to 29,000 in just one day.

LeBaron: Bad news birthed Luther Burbank Center

If it wasn’t for a Santa Rosa church’s questionable financial dealings, we might not have a Luther Burbank Center for the Arts.

LeBaron: Before grapes, hops were king crop

Hops once flourished along the Russian River and its tributaries, making growers rich and going a long way toward establishing Sonoma County as a national agricultural leader.

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