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Redwood Valley was named after the majestic redwood groves between Road M and Calpella. Prior to 1857, the Pomo Indians occupied the valley along with grizzly bears, mountain lions, and eagles. The valley became a melting pot of nationalities, with people coming into it from Italy, Germany, Scotland, and Finland. They plowed the land, herded their flocks, harvested their crops, and established unique industries. The early pioneers set the tone for the valley community with their ambitions and hard-work ethic. Together, they paid for and supported schools, churches, an improvement club, the grange, fire and water districts, post offices, agricultural improvements, and stores. The infamous People's Temple was located here. Redwood Valley's 150-plus years of recorded history is rich in what it takes to make a valley into a community.
About the Author
Marvin and Linda Talso were both raised in Redwood Valley, Marvin on the Finnish colony and Linda on a grape ranch on the site of the majestic redwoods. They are retired public school teachers still living in the valley. Their grandchildren are the fifth generation of their family to live here. They have gathered most of their images from the Mendocino County Historical Society as well as public and private sources.