Washoe House

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Washoe House
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Washoe House in 2007, viewed from the south
General information
Town or city Stony Point, California
Country United States
Coordinates 38°18′51″N 122°44′09″W / 38.3143°N 122.7358°W / 38.3143; -122.7358Coordinates: 38°18′51″N 122°44′09″W / 38.3143°N 122.7358°W / 38.3143; -122.7358
Completed 1859

Washoe House is a historic roadhouse in Sonoma County, California in the United States. It is located west of Cotati, California at the juncture of Stony Point Road and Roblar Road. It lies near the headwaters of Washoe Creek and is the defining landmark of the unincorporated community of Stony Point[1] (not to be confused with Stony Point, California, a former name of Lakeport, CA).

History[edit]

Robert Ayres built the house in 1859, and it became a stop on the stagecoach routes connecting the towns of Petaluma, Santa Rosa, and Bodega during the 19th century.[2]

In 1865, following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Major James Armstrong's Petaluma militia rode up Stony Point Road, intent on wreaking vengeance on Santa Rosa, only to turn back after stopping at this tavern. This incident became known as The Battle of Washoe House.[3]

According to local tradition,[4] Ulysses S. Grant once made a speech from the balcony of Washoe House; historical evidence for this is lacking, however.[5]

A portion of the 1999 movie True Crime was filmed at Washoe House.[6]

At various times, it has served as a hotel, butcher shop, post office, and community hall, and stagecoach stop.[7]

It is still operating as a restaurant and bar as of June 2014.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stony Point". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "Washoe House". Markeroni. Retrieved 2007-11-30. 
  3. ^ LeBaron, Gaye (March 5, 1989). "Rebels plan the capture of Yankee Petaluma". Santa Rosa Press-Democrat. Retrieved 2007-11-30. 
  4. ^ Yskamp, Amanda (February 28, 2007). "Roadhouse Roundup". MetroActive. Retrieved 2007-11-30. 
  5. ^ LeBaron, Gaye (September 30, 1990). "It was a long way to Gettysburg". Santa Rosa Press-Democrat. Retrieved 2007-11-30. 
  6. ^ "Filming locations for True Crime (1999)". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-11-30. 
  7. ^ "Historic Landmark 41: Washoe House". County of Sonoma. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Watts, Katie (2014-06-08). "Covered in layers of history". The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, CA). p. T-1. Retrieved 2014-06-08.