It’s 1937 in Sonoma County. America is emerging from the Great Depression and Sonoma County residents are looking toward the approaching decade with optimism.

President Franklin Roosevelt’s “make work” programs provided jobs to millions of struggling Americas. We don’t have to look far to see how the New Deal affected our communities. The former Sonoma County Hospital on Chanate Road was built by the Works Progress Administration. Construction of the big amphitheater at Armstrong Grove and restoration of General Vallejo’s home for the State Parks system were also WPA projects.

1937 wasn't without challenges. A massive December flood left Russian River coastal residents struggling to recover.

Click through our gallery of Sonoma County in 1937 to get a glimpse at life 80 years ago.

Livestock, Horse Emergency Resources

Sonoma/Napa Fires Livestock Evac, 707-634-4935, facebook.com/groups/53076883392

Solano County Horse/Livestock Fire Evacuation Help Page, facebook.com/groups/510555622431697

SERRA Sonoma Equine Rescue Rehab and Adoption, serraequinerescue.org

HALTER Horse & Livestock Team Emergency Response, halterproject.org

CARES California Animal Response Emergency System, cal-cares.com

SCAS Sonoma County Animal Services Emergency Hotline, 707-565-4406.