When the 19th century ended, the city of Napa, just a half century old, had become a bustling community of industries, stores and schools. Many of its original wooden buildings were being replaced with more substantial structures of locally quarried stone.
This sampling of photos from the Napa County Historical Society shows a downtown that is familiar, but only barely. Streets are still unpaved. Horses and buggies still rule. The Napa River is still the city's major highway for transportation of people and materials.
Napa had its share of wineries even in those days, but it also had factories that made shoes and tanned hides. There is no hint that downtown was a tourist attraction.
-- Kevin Courtney, Napa Valley Register city editor