Sonoma County, California

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Sonoma County is a county in the U.S. state of California.wikipedia
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Santa Rosa, California

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Its county seat and largest city is Santa Rosa. Other regions of the county beyond the Sonoma Valley include, among others, the Petaluma Valley, the Santa Rosa Plains, the Russian River, the Alexander Valley, and the Dry Creek Valley.
Santa Rosa is a city in and the county seat of Sonoma County.

San Francisco Bay Area

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It is the northwesternmost county in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area region.
Although the exact boundaries of the region vary depending on the source, the Bay Area is defined by the Association of Bay Area Governments to include the nine counties that border the aforementioned estuaries: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma, and San Francisco.

Sonoma State University

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Sonoma County is the home of Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College.
Sonoma State University (SSU, Sonoma State, or Sonoma) is a public university in Rohnert Park in Sonoma County, California.

Coast Miwok

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The Pomo, Coast Miwok and Wappo peoples were the earliest human settlers of Sonoma County, between 8000 and 5000 BC, effectively living within the natural carrying capacity of the land.
The Coast Miwok inhabited the general area of modern Marin County and southern Sonoma County in Northern California, from the Golden Gate north to Duncans Point and eastward to Sonoma Creek.

Lake County, California

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It is west of Napa County and Lake County.
Lake County is part of California's Wine Country, which also includes Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties.

Sonoma, California

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The Mission San Francisco Solano, founded in 1823 as the last and northernmost of 21 California missions, is in the present City of Sonoma, at the northern end of El Camino Real.
Sonoma is a city in Sonoma County's Sonoma Valley, in California's Wine Country.

Santa Rosa Junior College

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Sonoma County is the home of Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College.
Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) is a public community college in Santa Rosa, California with an additional campus in Petaluma and centers in surrounding Sonoma County.

Petaluma, California

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As a result, elements in the newer, rapidly growing towns of Petaluma, Santa Rosa, and Healdsburg began vying to move the county seat to their towns.
Petaluma is a city in Sonoma County, part of the North Bay sub-region of the San Francisco Bay Area, located 37 mi north of San Francisco.

California Republic

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The City of Sonoma was the site of the Bear Flag Revolt in 1846.
The California Republic (República de California) was an unrecognized breakaway state that for 25 days in 1846 militarily controlled an area north of San Francisco, in and around what is now Sonoma County in California.

Healdsburg, California

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As a result, elements in the newer, rapidly growing towns of Petaluma, Santa Rosa, and Healdsburg began vying to move the county seat to their towns.
Healdsburg is a city located in Sonoma County, in California's Wine Country.

Petaluma River

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However, after 1850, a settlement that soon became the city of Petaluma began to grow naturally near the farthest navigable point inland up the Petaluma River.
The Petaluma River is a river in the California counties of Sonoma and Marin that becomes a tidal slough for the majority of its length.

Russian River (California)

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Other regions of the county beyond the Sonoma Valley include, among others, the Petaluma Valley, the Santa Rosa Plains, the Russian River, the Alexander Valley, and the Dry Creek Valley.
The Russian River is a southward-flowing river that drains of Sonoma and Mendocino counties in Northern California.

San Francisco and North Pacific Railroad

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After the arrival of the San Francisco and North Pacific Railroad in 1870, Santa Rosa began to boom, soon equalling and then surpassing Petaluma as the region's population and commercial center.
San Francisco and North Pacific Railroad (SF&NP) provided the first extensive standard gauge rail service to Sonoma County and became the southern end of the regional Northwestern Pacific Railroad.

San Jose–San Francisco–Oakland, CA Combined Statistical Area

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Sonoma County comprises the Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA Combined Statistical Area.
The CSA is more extensive than the popular local definition of the Bay Area, which consists of only the nine counties bordering San Francisco and San Pablo Bays: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma.

Fort Ross, California

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The Russians were the first newcomers to establish a permanent foothold in Sonoma County, with the Russian-American Company establishing Fort Ross on the Sonoma Coast in 1812.
Fort Ross, originally Fortress Ross (Крѣпость Россъ, tr. Krepostʹ Ross), is a former Russian establishment on the west coast of North America in what is now Sonoma County, California.

October 2017 Northern California wildfires

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In October 2017, the area was badly affected by wildfire.
The wildfires broke out throughout Napa, Lake, Sonoma, Mendocino, Butte, and Solano Counties during severe fire weather conditions, effectively leading to a major red flag warning for much of the Northern California area.

Sonoma Valley

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Their legends detail this as a land where the moon nestled, hence the names Sonoma Valley and the "Valley of the Moon."
Sonoma Valley is a valley located in southeastern Sonoma County, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Sonoma Mountain

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The highest peak of the Sonoma Mountains is Sonoma Mountain itself, which boasts two significant public access properties: Jack London State Historic Park and Fairfield Osborn Preserve.
Sonoma Mountain is a prominent landform within the Sonoma Mountains of southern Sonoma County, California.

American Viticultural Area

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It possesses thirteen approved American Viticultural Areas and over 350 wineries.
All of these appellations were grandfathered into federal regulations and may appear on wine labels as designated places of origin in lieu of an AVA, such as Sonoma County.

Fairfield Osborn Preserve

The highest peak of the Sonoma Mountains is Sonoma Mountain itself, which boasts two significant public access properties: Jack London State Historic Park and Fairfield Osborn Preserve.
The Fairfield Osborn Preserve is a 450 acre nature reserve situated on the northwest flank of Sonoma Mountain in Sonoma County, California.

Dry Creek Valley AVA

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Other regions of the county beyond the Sonoma Valley include, among others, the Petaluma Valley, the Santa Rosa Plains, the Russian River, the Alexander Valley, and the Dry Creek Valley.
The Dry Creek Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area in Sonoma County, California, located northwest of the town of Healdsburg.

Bodega Bay

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The major coastal hydrographic features are Bodega Bay, the mouth of the Russian River, and the mouth of the Gualala River, at the border with Mendocino County.
The bay straddles the boundary between Sonoma County to the north and Marin County to the south.

Yulupa Creek

The California oak woodland in the upper Yulupa Creek and Spring Creek watersheds in Annadel State Park is a relatively undisturbed ecosystem with considerable biodiversity.
Yulupa Creek is a 2.8 mi southeast-flowing perennial stream that rises on the southeastern flanks of the northern Sonoma Mountains in Sonoma County, California, United States.

Pomo

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The Pomo, Coast Miwok and Wappo peoples were the earliest human settlers of Sonoma County, between 8000 and 5000 BC, effectively living within the natural carrying capacity of the land.
One theory places the ancestral community from which the Pomoan languages and cultures are descended in the Sonoma County, California region.

Sonoma Mountains

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Its ranges include the Mayacamas and the Sonoma Mountains, the southern peak of the latter being the prominent landform Sears Point.
The Sonoma Mountains are a northwest-southeast trending mountain range of the Inner Coast Ranges in the California Coast Ranges System, located in Sonoma County, Northern California.