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Major Milestones

1817 - First Puttoy Patwin at Mission Dolores with Ululatos from present Vacaville area

1833-34 - 29 Puttoy survivors of 1833 malaria epidemic baptized at Mission S.F. Solano

1842 - J.M. Vaca and J.F. Peña establish Rancho Los Puttos (Vacaville almost to South Davis)

1853 - Joseph B. Chiles and others purchase doubtfully-titled Rancho Laguna de Santos Calle from M. Vaca and subdivide it. Jerome C. Davis establishes a stock ranch at what would become 1st and A Streets.

1855 - Joshua B. Tufts settles on south side of Putah Creek, 1 mile SW of present downtown Davis.

1856 - U.S. Land Commission rejects Rancho Laguna de Santos Calle claim, resulting in clouded titles in area until 1864 congressional "Act to Quiet Titles"

1860s - Solano House, adjoining the Tufts home south of Putah Creek, is the hotel, stage stop, and post office for the local vicinity.

1861 - "Flood of the century" hits in winter and completely devastates the area, ruining farmlands, and leaving most of the Putah Creek vicinity completely underwater. Tule House is destroyed.

1866 - William Dresbach essentially founds Davis by moving into the leased Jerome C. Davis house in the area of the anticipated railroad junction

1868 - Section of transcontinental railroad reaches Davis Junction

1884 - First telephone installed in town

1892 - A magnitude 6.6 earthquake shatters Winters

1897 - Davisville Almond Growers Association is founded; their revolutionary cooperative effort served as a model for the development of agriculture nationwide and helped attract the University Farm

1907 - Davisville post office shortens town name to simply Davis
1907 - The Davis Lumber Company (now known as Davis Ace Hardware) begins operation

1908 - Davis campus first conceived as the "University Farm School", the agricultural arm of UC Berkeley.

1911 - Three-mile alcohol ban imposed
1911 - First public library building established on the 100 block of F Street
1911 - El Rodeo, the UC Davis yearbook begins publication under the original title Agricola.

1912 - Bowers Addition and Bowers Acres begin development

1913 - Southern Pacific Railroad replaces the original 1868 Victorian style Davis station with a Mission Revival structure, replicated in the current renovation

1915 - The California Aggie founded

1916 - Davis Arch built

1916 - Yolo Causeway opens

1916 - Fire of 1916 burns down a large section of the west side of G Street

1917 - March - City officially incorporates as Davis

1917 - Richards Underpass constructed

1919 - Municipal water system begins with a $75,000 bond issue

1920 - Sewer system installed, and city garbage collection begins

1923 - First streets are paved with crushed rock.

1926 - Davis Community Church constructed

1927 - Davis High School built on Russell Boulevard (now the Davis City Offices).

1931 - St. James Catholic Church dedicated at 5th & C St. (now houses the Newman Center)

1934 - Cal Aggie Women's Association founded

1935 - Central Park becomes the first city park

1938 - City Hall and Fire Station completed

1939 - Direct-dial telephone service becomes available in Davis.

1943 - Japanese Internment approved by the Davis City Council.

1947 - Hibbert Lumber opens.

1948 - Putah Creek's north fork is permanently diverted to the south fork to prevent seasonal flooding

1959 - UC Davis becomes an independent campus from UC Berkeley

1968/69 school year - Switchboard service project started at UCD

1969 - Educational Opportunity Program founded.
1969 - Davis Student Co-Op founded.

—- - Women's Center becomes an official part of UCD

1972 - Davis Food Co-op seed is planted by Ann Evans and others at On Campus Co-ops
1972 - Pierce Co-Op established.

1975 - Davis Farmers Market is born with the assistance of Ann Evans

1975 - Judy Corbett and Michael Corbett create Village Homes

1976 - Student Judicial Affairs replaces the Welfare Council at UC Davis. The end of the UC Davis Honor Code

1979 - Three-mile alcohol ban lifted

1984 - The Pamela Maus Contest in Creative Writing founded.
1984 - Housing Co-op Dos Pinos approved by the City Council.

1985 - Davis Community Television founded.

1986 - Save Open Space with former Mayor Maynard Skinner sponsors Measure S with support from newly elected Michael Corbett

1989 - The Regal Cinemas Davis Holiday 6 opens downtown- at the time it was owned by Phil Harris, in 2004 it was taken over by the Regal Entertainment Group

1990-09-30 - Sacramento Savings is robbed.

1991 - Ahwahnee Principles for local planning published.
1991 - Alphabet Moon opens.

1992 - The North Entry Parking Structure opens as the first parking structure on campus

1994 - Cal Aggie Cycling Team wins the National Collegiate Road Cycling Championship

1998 - Ordinance 1966, the Light Ordinance is enacted.
1998-02-12 - US Bank is robbed.


Resources: Old North Davis: Guide to Walking a Traditional Neighborhood, by John Lofland

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