The town of Napa, seat of its namesake county, was founded in 1847 as a way-station for California’s “’49ers” bound for the Gold Rush. It also hosted tanneries, prune processing facilities and a State Hospital.
Although Napa’s early residents were employed primarily in blue collar industrial jobs, today’s workforce is overwhelmingly engaged in tourism, thanks to the premium wine industry. That prestigious industry got its start locally in 1859 with the founding in Napa of the county’s first winery.
The largest community in Napa County, the town is home to approximately 77,000 residents who are as proud if its past as they are of its current international fame. Historic districts and fine Victorian-era homes are joined by fresh, new architecture and Main Street’s “Restaurant Row.” The local Chamber of Commerce likes to say, “Napa is a city with a low crime rate, a high standard of living, clean air and nearly perfect weather.”
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