Picturesque Rio Vista was first named Los Brazos del Rio (the Arms of the River) for its proximity to the confluence of the Sacramento River, Steamboat Slough and Cache Slough. The same river that is the town’s reason for being destroyed the town in a massive flood in 1862. Rio Vista incorporated as a city in December 1893, just 17 months after a fire burned most of its downtown. Today, Rio Vista is a growing city that sits atop the largest dry gas reserve in California. Author Philip Pezzaglia is the curator of the Rio Vista Museum and a well-known regional historian. He tells the compelling story of this plucky river city’s journey into the 21st century.
Author: Philip Pezzaglia
Publication date: 2005