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February 26, 2013 > Warm Springs retrospective published

Warm Springs retrospective published

Submitted By Suzanne Lynch

Ever wonder about the origins and history of the Warm Springs District of Fremont? Want to know about a local ghost town? Is a picture really worth a thousand words? Find out in Warm Springs, Fremont. Local historian and Tri-City Voice columnist, Philip Holmes and Patricia Wipfli Schaffarczyk from the Museum of Local History in Fremont have assembled images to tell the story of the once-tiny village of Warm Springs and nearby Drawbridge.

New to Arcadia Publishing's popular Images of America series is Warm Springs, Fremont. This pictorial history boasts more than 200 vintage images and provides readers with a unique opportunity to reconnect with the history that shaped their community.

The land area of Warm Springs and the warm bubbling waters for which it was named slope from just below Mission Peak to the southern part of the San Francisco Bay. Native Americans established early settlements near the springs. Rancho Agua Caliente defined the borders of the hamlet of Harrisburg, later named Warm Springs.

The Warm Springs Health Resort on this land was known worldwide in the 1850s. In 1869, Gov. Leland Stanford purchased the resort area as a private estate that his brother Josiah developed into a famous winery. Henry Curtner farmed large tracts of land planted in wheat, barley and grapes. Products were shipped from Dixon and Warm Springs Landings to the large markets in San Francisco.

The town of Drawbridge was established off its shores as a sportsman's haven and is now a ghost town. A Portuguese festival drew 10,000 people in 1935. The popular Weibel Winery and Hidden Valley Dude Ranch were established just after World War II.

This book includes images of Ohlone, Explorers, Missions, and Ranchos, the Warm Springs Resort, Landings, Wine Country, and Settlements, Leland Stanford's legacy and our very own Ghost Town in the Bay

Warm Springs, Fremont is available now at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or

Warm Springs, Fremont
By Philip Holmes, Patricia Wipfli Schaffarczyk
Images of America series
Price: $21.99
128 pages/ softcover
Available: March 4, 2013

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