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Stories from Gaye Lebaron


LeBaron: Glory days of North Coast railroads

With a centennial celebration of the Napa to Eureka train approaching, a look back at the history of railroads on the North Coast.


LeBaron: Present-day headlines spur trip back through North Coast’s annals

Returning from a week away from her morning paper, columnist Gaye LeBaron found that she missed a lot of memory joggers — stories that remind her of other stories.


LeBaron: New exhibit showcases Grace Hudson's Hawaiian paintings

A remarkable Mendocino County woman set the art world on its ear 100 years ago.


LeBaron: Santa Rosa's '69 earthquakes show Napa what lies ahead

All that Santa Rosans who remember the 1969 earthquakes can offer Napa is the suggestion that their town, specifically downtown, will never be the same again.


LeBaron: Smells bring back memories of Sonoma County

The traditional late summer odor of manure that hangs over Sonoma County offers us an opportunity to muse on the phenomenon that is the link between smell and memory.


LeBaron: Redwood Highway's rich, winding backstory

In the early years of the 20th century, progress was spotty and sporadic. But each new section of the Redwood Highway was celebrated. Here's why.


LeBaron: Historic wildfires' catastrophic lessons

We coastal Californians tend to disrespect our disasters.


LeBaron: Fountain Grove Winery a landmark that wasn't

More than 130 years old, winery could have been historical landmark today — if anyone had cared.


LeBaron: If those old stone walls could talk

The story of St. Rose Church can&’t be told without mention of the skilled stonemasons who accounted for many of the historic buildings in Santa Rosa and around Sonoma County.

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