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I believe Sonoma's Taylor Mountain is named for John Shackelford Taylor, one of the most prominent of the original forty-niners who came to California during the Gold Rush. The Virginia native amassed a fortune, including large swaths of land in Sonoma County. Taylor lived on a ranch outside the town of Santa Rosa, which he was instrumental in building. Regards,MarmadukePercy (talk) 11:56, 7 January 2009 (UTC)