This is a National Historic Landmark. The distinctive roofing indicates something different. This was a Russian settlement from the mid 1800s. An interesting stop for sure.
From the Midwest I think of sandy California beaches. Are there surfers? We have surfers on Lake Michigan.
Monte Rio is on the Russian River. I did a virtual bike training ride through the Russian River Valley on Bike-O-Vision. Monte Rio is like many towns that developed along a train route. The Northern Pacific Coast Railroad used to travel through here. Lumbering was big industry and that is gone. Monte Rio has survived and the residents love it.
The railroad used to come through Occidental too bringing vacationers from San Francisco. Still an attractive place to visit.
For many years the Europeans did not settle here until 1812 when Russian fur traders came down from Alaska. When Mexico took control in 1841, the Russians moved out. In 1850 California became a state.
I wanted to see this place because it has been used in films. One of my favorites is the Alfred Hitchcock The Birds. The town is named for the Spanish explorer who traveled up and down the coast during the 1700s.
Near Point Reyes National Seashore in western Marin County. I remember visiting this area during a visit to SF.
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