#893:  Walters Ranch Hop Kiln

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6050 Westside Rd, Healdsburg





State Plaque



From the Guidebook:

This is the most significant surviving example of a stone hop kiln in the North Coast region. Built by Angelo 'Skinny' Sodini in 1905, it served the Russian River Valley and North Coast regions, once the major hop-growing areas in the West. In the latter part of the 19th century, Sol Walters purchased 380 acres, part of the Sotoyome Rancho patented in 1853, from Josefa Fitch.

From the plaque:

This structure served the important hop industry of California's north coast region, once the major hop-growing area in the west. Built in 1905 by a crew of Italian stonemasons, it represents the finest existing example of its type. Consisting of three stone kilns for drying hops, a wooden cooler, and a two-stroy press for baling hops for shipment.

Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with Griffin Vineyard, May 1, 1977.

2009 David Schmitt