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Davis, California USENET FAQ Part 5 of 6

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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
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personal use.  I may revoke permission to reproduce any version of this FAQ
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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.


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.

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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 >


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