Santa Rosa's name

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA 01368633

There is a legend, which is supported by a substantial amount of circumstantial fact, that in 1829, a Padre from a mission in San Rafael (Mission San Rafael Archangel) had rode a horse up into Sonoma County looking for native Americans to convert.  He was riding along the banks of a creek when he was attacked by a group of local Native Americans.  He fled the attacks, stopping briefly to baptize (then capture) a young indian woman whom he'd came upon along the creek.  This event took place on the feast day of Saint Rose of Lima, so he named the girl (and creek) Santa Rosa

The City of Santa Rosa gives this legend enough merit that a stone and plaque were place at the location where this event reportedly took place. 



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Posted by

Jim Cheney, Broker

"Your Realtor in Rincon Valley"

Wine Country Real Estate

Santa Rosa, Sonoma County


Comments (1)

Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage - Brampton, ON
Our Family Wants To Help Your Family!

Interesting heritage Jim. Nice when you get to know the background of where you live. Looks like a nice day when we took those pictures and the boys look to be having fun.

May 12, 2010 01:59 AM