A few of weeks ago, the Napa Valley Register had an interesting article by Felicia Shinnamon, “Aetna Springs memories“. It recounts the memories of a Dr. Richard Lyon of Napa who first went there as a child around 1917 or 1918. Here are some excerpts from her article:
Tucked away in the remote northeast corner of Napa County, the natural and rural landscape of Pope Valley provided the perfect setting for one of the county’s historic mineral spring resorts, Aetna Springs. For more than 80 years, Aetna Springs Resort was a major destination for families who wanted to relax in a beautiful place, take the healing mineral waters and enjoy a multitude of outdoor and indoor activities.
For the Lyon family, getting to Aetna Springs involved driving their seven-passenger big yellow Pierce Arrow with a jump seat up to Rodeo on a Saturday, arriving about 4 a.m., where they waited several hours for the ferry. After arriving in Vallejo, they drove through Napa and then on to Aetna Springs. The trip took the entire day.
Aetna Springs is one of those truly unique California resorts tucked away in Pope Valley. It is currently being rejuvenated with a ton of hard work by the development team of Criswell and Radovan. Here is some information about it from their website. There is currently an 8,100 SF clubhouse available for events, 707.967.6286 and a 9 hole golf course open to public. The course is reputed to be the oldest one west of the Mississippi. For tee times call 707.965.2115 Wednesday through Saturday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Here are a couple of links to some of Aetna Springs history:
All photos courtesy of the Napa County Historical Society, all rights reserved
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