Aetna Springs, California

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Aetna Springs
Aetna Springs Resort
Aetna Springs Resort
Aetna Springs is located in California
Aetna Springs
Aetna Springs
Location within the state of California
Coordinates: 38°39′13″N 122°28′58″W / 38.65361°N 122.48278°W / 38.65361; -122.48278Coordinates: 38°39′13″N 122°28′58″W / 38.65361°N 122.48278°W / 38.65361; -122.48278
Country United States
State California
771 ft (235 m)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s)707
GNIS feature ID1659686[1]

Aetna Springs is an unincorporated community in Napa County, California, United States. It lies at an elevation of 771 feet (235 m). The ZIP Code is 94567. The community is inside area code 707.


It was named after a nearby hot spring. The spring was so named by the owner of the Aetna Mines, John Lawley, when he discovered the spring in the 1880s.[2]


In August 2020, Aetna Springs was evacuated due to the Hennessey Fire, which resulted in the burning of over 315,000 acres (127,476 ha) in five counties, including in Aetna Springs.[3]

Aetna Springs Resort[edit]

The Aetna Springs Resort is located in Aetna Springs and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The resort and spa originally developed by Len D. Owens, Frances Marion's father in the 1870s and quickly became a popular summertime destination for vacationers from San Francisco and Hollywood.[4] One of the first golf courses west of the Mississippi River was built on the resort's property in 1891. In 1966 Ronald Reagan announced his intention to run for the office of Governor of California in the dining hall at the resort.[5]

On June 9, 2009 it was announced that the Aetna Springs Resort would close.[6] Snell Valley lies to the north of Aetna Springs. In early 2012 the Napa County Planning Commission approved plans to renovate existing 28 structures and build a new lodge on the property.[7] The resort property was sold to Alchemy Resorts in 2018.[8]


In the state legislature, Aetna Springs is in the 2nd Senate District and in the 7th Assembly District.

Federally, Aetna Springs is in California's 5th congressional district, represented by Democrat Mike Thompson.[9]

In literature[edit]

Aetna Springs is the locale of Frances Marion's Valley People, a book of short stories published in 1935.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Aetna Springs, California". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ Gudde, Erwin; William Bright (2004). California Place Names (Fourth ed.). University of California Press. p. 3. ISBN 0-520-24217-3.
  3. ^ "Hennessey Fire Information". CAL FIRE. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  4. ^ Jensen, Peter (February 6, 2012). "A grand 19th-century resort to be reborn in Pope Valley". Napa Valley Register. Napa, California. Retrieved February 6, 2012.
  5. ^ Jensen, Peter (April 19, 2014). "Aetna Springs Resort developers seek financing for revival". Napa Valley Register. Napa, CA: Lee Enterprises, Inc. Retrieved August 29, 2014.
  6. ^ Jones, Jillian (2009-06-10). "Aetna Springs to close". Napa Valley Register. Archived from the original on 12 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-09.
  7. ^ Jensen, Peter (January 20, 2012). "Planners approve Aetna Springs project". Napa Valley Register. Napa, CA: Lee Enterprises, Inc. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
  8. ^ Eberling, Barry (December 20, 2018). "Napa County's famed Aetna Springs has new owner with resort plans". Napa Valley Register. Napa, CA: Lee Enterprises, Inc. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  9. ^ "California's 5th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  10. ^ Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood, Cari Beauchamp, University of California Press, 1997.