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The Davis, California USENET FAQ Part 5 of 6 Frequently Asked Questions at and about Davis, California (c) Copyright 1995 & 1996 by David F. Prenatt, Jr. Internet Esquire(sm) P.O. Box 74632 Davis, CA 95617-5632 World Wide Web: <http://www.dcn.davis.ca.us/~netesq > E-mail: <mailto:NetEsq@dcn.davis.ca.us > The Davis, California USENET FAQ (Davis USENET FAQ) may be comprised of more than one part. If it is, please see the TABLE OF CONTENTS in Part One for a complete list of the questions that I have attempted to answer and for other important legal information. Caveat emptor: I assume no obligation to anyone through the publication of the Davis USENET FAQ. Furthermore, all versions of the Davis USENET FAQ are my personal property and are protected by applicable copyright laws. All rights are reserved except as follows: I hereby give my permission to anyone who has access to this version of the Davis USENET FAQ to reproduce the information contained herein for non-profit purposes, provided that proper credit is given to me as the author of this FAQ and that I am notified of any use other than personal use. I may revoke permission to reproduce any version of this FAQ at any time. - - - - - The Davis, California USENET FAQ Part 5 of 6 Frequently Asked Questions at and about Davis, California (c) Copyright 1995 & 1996 by David F. Prenatt, Jr. 2.7) THE HISTORY OF DAVIS. Many thanks to Robert Schulz for his scholarly contributions that made this section possible. 2.7.1) Davis Prehistory. The history of Davis before 1852 is the history of Yolo County. See the Yolo County USENET FAQ for information about the history of Yolo County (see Section 1.5 for information on how to obtain the Yolo County USENET FAQ). In 1852, Jerome C. Davis pre-empted a 12,000 acre stock farm along with the Chiles family and the Brown family. In 1867, Jerome & Isaac Davis sold a portion of this farm to the directors of the California Pacific Railroad, who used the land to form the Davisville Land Company. 2.7.2) Davisville. The Davisville Land Company used the land that it purchased from the Davis family to lay out most of present day Davis. The Davis Junction was opened in 1868 and became a major railroad stop for the run between Sacramento and the Bay Area, serving as the main junction for many communities lying north of Davisville. Subsequently, Davisville prospered as a leader and innovator in the agriculture and commerce of Northern California. The Davisville Almond Growers Association, founded in 1897, was a revolutionary cooperative effort that served as a model for the development of agriculture nationwide. Profits for individual farmers were increased through quality control and community cooperation that maximized harvest yield. This reputation as a leader in the improvement of the agriculture industry made Davisville an attractive location for the University State Farm. 2.7.3) From University State Farm to Cycling Mecca. In 1900, nine Northern California counties formed the Sacramento Valley Development Association and championed Davisville as the best location for the University State Farm. In 1904, the University State Farm Bill was sponsored by Peter J. Shields, then Executive Secretary of the California State Agricultural Association, along with E. W. Major. The Davisville Chamber of Commerce and Davisville Women's Improvement Club, both formed in 1905, lobbied for Davisville as the best location for the University State Farm, citing Davisville's location on the railroad between the state capitol in Sacramento and the main campus of the University of California in Berkeley as well as Davisville's pre-eminent role in the development of Northern California's agricultural industry. On April 5, 1906 a portion of Davisville was sold to the state, and the transfer of title was completed soon after in the month of August. In 1917, the Davisville Enterprise changed its name to the Davis Enterprise, asserting that Davisville was no longer a proper name for a city of such importance. The town's name was officially changed to the City of Davis on March 28, 1917 by the city council. The advent of Prohibition had little impact on the recently renamed City of Davis. Prior to Prohibition, Davisville had enacted a Temperance statute that remained in force until 1979, almost 50 years after the Repeal of Prohibition. To prevent the corruption of the young farming students at the University, alcohol could not be sold within three miles of the campus. Today, however, Davis is one of the few municipalities in the state of California that allows people to drink alcoholic beverages in public. Since the University State Farm became a general campus in 1959, U.C. Davis has earned a worldwide reputation as a leader in viticulture and oenology (grape growing and wine making). The only thing that makes Davis more renowned than the University is the predominance of bicycles. In 1967, the City of Davis created its revolutionary bike path system. And today, the only place in the world with more bicycles than Davis is China. There are 2.1 bicycles per person in Davis; receiving a citation from one of the local bike cops for running a stop sign is almost a cliche. 3) FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT U.C. DAVIS. For information on U.C. Davis, see the U.C. Davis USENET FAQ (see Section 1.5 for information on how to obtain the U.C. Davis USENET FAQ). Interested parties may also use the U.C. Davis Gopher (<gopher://gopher.ucdavis.edu/ >) or visit the U.C. Davis Home Page on the World Wide Web (<http://www.ucdavis.edu/ >). 4) FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SMALL COMMUNITIES NEIGHBORING DAVIS. 4.1) DIXON. I have to laugh. A gentleman from England sent me a tongue-in-cheek compliment via e-mail regarding three of my Davis Area FAQs: "Give me a break, U.C. Davis, Davis, and Sacramento FAQs . . . It's *DIXON* that everyone's asking about!" Hard on the heels of this compliment was e-mail correspondence from various commentators from around the world who provided a wealth of information on the town of Dixon, so by popular demand--The New and Improved Dixon Section of the Davis USENET FAQ!!! 4.1.1) What reasons would a member of the Davis community have to visit Dixon? Many members of the Davis community live in Dixon (which is about five miles west of Davis in Solano County) and/or patronize the restaurants and shopping centers there. 4.1.1.1) Dixon Restaurants. Below is a partial list of Dixon restaurants that is far from exhaustive. See the phone book for more complete information. * Chevy's (916)678-5101: The most popular Mexican restaurant among members of the Davis community. -1470 Ary Ln (off the Pitt School Rd exit of I-80) Dixon, CA * [Other listings pending.] 4.1.1.2) Other Attractions in Dixon. The annual Lamb Festival takes place in Dixon during July. 4.1.2) How do I reach Dixon from Davis? Take I-80 West towards San Francisco. You can't miss Dixon, but get directions or use a map to find your destination. 4.1.3) Is bus service available between Dixon and Davis? Yes. Contact City Link at (707)428-7590 for more information. 4.1.4) What computer network services are available to and in Dixon? The Dixon BBS Internet gateway service connects Dixonites with the U.C. Davis and City of Davis USENETs. For more information, check the phone book for Solano County. 4.2) WOODLAND. I have included general information in this section about Woodland that is of specific interest to Davis residents. For more complete information about Woodland, see the Yolo County USENET FAQ (see Section 1.5 for information on how to obtain the Yolo County USENET FAQ). 4.2.1) What reasons would a member of the Davis community have to visit Woodland? Some members of the Davis community live in Woodland, which is about eight miles North of Davis. In addition, since Davis has no department stores, people who live in Davis patronize the shopping centers in Woodland, which are much closer and more convenient than any other shopping centers. 4.2.2) How do I reach Woodland from Davis? Take Hwy 113 North. You can't miss Woodland, but get directions or use a map to find your destination. 4.2.3) Is bus service available between Woodland and Davis? Yes. Contact Yolobus at 1-(800)-371-2877; TDD 371-3077 for more information. 4.3) WINTERS. I have included general information in this section about Winters that is of specific interest to Davis residents. For more complete information about Winters, see the Yolo County USENET FAQ (see Section 1.5 for information on how to obtain the Yolo County USENET FAQ). 4.3.1) What reasons would a member of the Davis community have for visiting Winters? A small number of people from the Davis community live and work in the town of Winters; a few restaurants in Winters also appeal to members of the Davis community. 4.3.2) How do I reach Winters from Davis? Take Russell Blvd. east. You can't miss Winters, but get directions or use a map to find your destination. 4.3.3) Is bus service available between Winters and Davis? Yes. Contact Yolobus at 1-(800)-371-2877; TDD 371-3077 for more information. 5) FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE GREATER SACRAMENTO AREA FROM MEMBERS OF THE DAVIS COMMUNITY. I have provided general information in this section about the Greater Sacramento Area that is of special interest to the members of the Davis community. For more complete information, see the Sacramento USENET FAQ; see Section 1.5 for information on how to obtain the Sacramento USENET FAQ. Readers with a web browser may also visit the City of Sacramento Home Page on the World Wide Web <http://www.neosoft.com/citylink/sacramento/default.html > 5.1) What reasons would a member of the Davis community have to visit the Greater Sacramento Area? Many members of the Davis community live, work, shop, and play in Sacramento, the state capital of California, which is approximately 20 miles East of Davis on I-80. 5.2) How do I get to Sacramento from Davis? Take I-80 East. You will see the Sacramento skyline from miles away, but the freeway interchanges are somewhat confusing. If you are going to downtown Sacramento, be sure to take the 50/Business 80 route. A long transition road will take you over the Sacramento drawbridge. 5.3) Is there bus service between Sacramento and Davis? Yes. Contact Yolobus at 1-(800)-371-2877; TDD 371-3077 for more information. Yolubus provides the most convenient, reliable, and affordable commuter service that I have ever encountered (I think that geography has something do with this). Just as Davis' flat terrain helps make it easy to get around by bicycle, the location of Davis in relation to Sacramento makes commuting by bus a viable transportation option. Approximately ten miles of freeway separate the eastern edge of Davis from West Sacramento, making freeway express service more convenient than typical bus services that stop every block. Adding to the convenience of Davis commuters is the obviation of parking needs and other responsibilities of car ownership that are concomitant with commuting by car to Sacramento. 6) FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FROM MEMBERS OF THE DAVIS COMMUNITY. I have provided general information about Northern California in this section that is of special interest to the members of the Davis community. For more complete information about a particular region of Northern California, please see the California USENET FAQ [currently under construction] or one of the regional USENET FAQs that I have mentioned in the various subsections of this section of this FAQ. 6.1) FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT WINE COUNTRY FROM MEMBERS OF THE DAVIS COMMUNITY. 6.1.1) What reasons would a member of the Davis community have to visit Wine Country? Wine Country, which is approximately 30 miles west of Davis (and about another 30 miles to drive from one end to the other), is a popular destination for weekend excursions (i.e., shopping, wine tasting, etc.) because of its worldwide reputation as one of the most fertile grounds for viticulture (i.e., the cultivation of grapes). But don't take my word for it when you can visit the Wine Country Home Page on the World Wide Web for a virtual tour (<http://www.freerun.com/ >). 6.1.2) How do I get to Wine Country from Davis? Go West on I-80; exit at Route 12 West. 6.2) FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA FROM MEMBERS OF THE DAVIS COMMUNITY. I have provided general information in this section about the San Francisco Bay Area that is of special interest to the members of the Davis community. For more complete information, see the Bay Area USENET FAQ (see Section 1.5 for information on how to obtain the Bay Area USENET FAQ). 6.2.1) What reasons would a member of the Davis community have for visiting the San Francisco Bay Area? A large cross-section of the Davis community lives and/or works in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is approximately 80 miles southwest of Davis. Unlike the small town of Davis, the San Francisco Bay Area is the most well established metropolitan area on the West Coast. Smaller in size and population to the Los Angeles metropolitan area and Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area has a worldwide reputation in fine arts and culture. 6.2.2) How do I get to the San Francisco Bay Area from Davis? Take I-80 West; it will end in downtown San Francisco, so get directions on what exit you need to take. Also, you will encounter at least one toll bridge, so bring along a few dollar bills and/or quarters for tolls and parking. 6.3) FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT LAKE TAHOE FROM MEMBERS OF THE DAVIS COMMUNITY. 6.3.1) What reasons would a member of the Davis community have for visiting Lake Tahoe? Lake Tahoe, which is situated on the border of California and Nevada about 100 miles east of Davis, is one of the most popular recreational spots for members of the Davis community. 6.3.2) How do I get to Lake Tahoe from Davis? Take I-80 East to the 50/Business 80 Route. You can't miss Lake Tahoe. 6.4) FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MISCELLANEOUS LOCATIONS IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA BY MEMBERS OF THE DAVIS COMMUNITY. 6.4.1) Are there any other places of interest in Northern California besided the ones that you have listed? Yes. Northern California has many educational, commercial, and recreational centers that members of the Davis community frequently visit. For instance, California State University, Chico to the North and the Redwood Coast to the East. 6.4.2) How can I get more information on other places of interest in Northern California? See the California USENET FAQ [currently under construction] for more information about places of interest in Northern California. 7) FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT CALIFORNIA FROM MEMBERS OF THE DAVIS COMMUNITY. See the California USENET FAQ [currently under construction] for general information about California. - - - - - End Document: The Davis, California USENET FAQ Part 5 of 6 Frequently Asked Questions at and about Davis, California (c) Copyright 1995 & 1996 by David F. Prenatt, Jr. Internet Esquire(sm) P.O. Box 74632 Davis, CA 95617-5632 World Wide Web: <http://www.dcn.davis.ca.us/~netesq > E-mail: <mailto:NetEsq@dcn.davis.ca.us > Link to Next Document: <http://www.dcn.davis.ca.us/~netesq/USENET-FAQs/davis/part6.html > - - - - -