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What Guerneville looked like before it was a vacation party spot

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Guerneville is a dreamy respite in western Sonoma County, known for its proximity to towering redwoods and the Russian River.

Today's visitors can enjoy charming restaurants and cafés and lazy floats down the river, but at the turn of the 19th century, the main draw was logging.

The town was named Guerneville in the 1850s, to honor Swiss immigrant George Guerne, a local businessman who owned one the town's first sawmills.

Browse through the gallery above to learn more about the early days of popular tourist town, including images of mills, commerce, and early citizens.

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