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How Sonoma County places got their names

Many of the places in Sonoma County have Native American or Spanish origins, some tell the strange tales of old land disputes and stand-offs at local watering holes. Explore the interesting and sometimes strange history of how some of our favorite places got their names. In this photo, downtown Santa Rosa in the 1870s. (Photo by Joseph Henry Downing)

PRESS DEMOCRAT STAFF, BY PRESS DEMOCRAT STAFF

Many of the places in Sonoma County have Native American or Spanish origins, some tell strange tales of old land disputes and standoffs at local watering holes.

Click though the gallery about to learn about the interesting, sometimes strange history of how some of our favorite places got their names.

Historian Arthur Dawson contributed to this report.