Napa or Nappa?

Napa or Nappa?

What does Napa mean? I’ve heard more than a dozen different origin theories for Nappa, the town’s original name, but most claim the word derived from a Wappo or Patwin word, which is probably true. What that original term was, is an entirely different matter. Wappo...
Merrill’s Drug Store

Merrill’s Drug Store

What was in the Merrill Building before it was Merrill’s Drug Store? The Merrill Building in the 1200 block of First Street in downtown Napa was built about 1929. Like its near twin, the Gordon Building a block down, it was built by Samuel P. Gordon, an early Napa...

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