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Vacaville's history began in 1841 when Manuel Vaca and Felipe Pena received an 84,000 acre land grant from the King of Spain. The Penas and the Vacas built the Pena Adobe which still stands as a historical monument west of the city. Vacaville celebrated its first recorded Fiesta Days in 1848, to celebrate and honor the marriage of a granddaughter of both the Penas and Vacas. The celebration lasted a week and Fiesta days is still celebrated annually, with young and old looking forward to the week of festivities.
Vacaville, California is located in northern Solano County, midway between San Francisco and Sacramento. In 1851 Manuel Vaca sold one square mile of land to William McDaniel which was used to create a township that in 1892 became incorporated as the city of Vacaville and for the next 50 years the population remained around 1500 people. Pioneer settlers, farmers, ranchers, passing fortune hunters and prospectors helped to define the city in those days. Vacaville remains a small town at heart, whose residents pride themselves on the high level of community involvement. Affordable housing, quality schools, a wide array of youth activities, and numerous community events contribute to making Vacaville a family-oriented city.
Vacaville, currently comprising just under 27 square miles, has a beautiful setting bordered by rolling hillsides, fruit orchards and fertile farmland. With an elevation ranging from 90 to 300 feet above sea level, Vacaville enjoys warm summers and mild winters. The area around Vacaville remains a rich agricultural breadbasket, and people keep flocking to this city.
Vacaville is about 5 miles from Travis Air Force Base; also known as the Gateway to the Pacific. Travis Air Force Base is a major economic force in the region employing thousands of military and civilian personnel. Travis is home to the finest military airlift command in our nation. With their global reach the personnel at Travis AFB provide assistance to our troops world wide on short notice and exemplify the very best character and service to our country. Travis is also a major provider of humanitarian aide delivering life saving food, water and medical supplies to countries that are less fortunate. The fine men and women who serve at Travis AFB regularly go above and beyond their call of duty to complete their mission. We are proud to have them in our community and are eternally grateful for their service.
Vacaville's strength is in its vitality, and it shows. The renaissance of the historic downtown has been drawing residents and visitors alike back to this central historic location to shop, dine, meet and play. Stroll the tree-lined streets or walk along Andrews Park Creek Walk, or gaze upon the exquisite architecture of the Buck Mansion and other Victorian homes along Buck Avenue. Visit the new Town Square and enjoy the ambiance of quaint shops, ornate buildings and superb dinning experience.
Today Vacaville is one of the fastest growing residential and commercial areas in the country, as well as home to some of the most prominent life science companies on the planet. Vacaville is a growing biotechnology/pharmaceutical hub with facilities operated by Large Scale Biology Corporation, Genentech, ALZA Corporation, Novartis International AG, and Durect Corporation. The Solano Community College offers among many others an associates degree in biotechnology.
Perhaps no other story better reflects Vacaville's growing appeal as a place to live and visit as that of the famous Nut Tree, which began as a simple fruit stand back when the city was the fresh fruit capital of the state. Opening in 1921, this small establishment grew into a renowned restaurant complex. The Nut Tree expanded into a world renowned restaurant and destination that played host to presidents, celebrities, astronauts, and even royalty. The 80 Acre area was recently re-developed with by the city of Vacaville and includes Nut Tree Village which offers a plethora of dining and shopping venues, and the Nut Tree Family Park, where families can experience the original train and ride replicas of the famous Nut Tree Hobby Horses. When it comes to shopping and a wonderful variety of family restaurants, the Vacaville Premium Outlets stores with over 140 stores, is a popular destination for finding the best deals on your favorite designer brands, a variety of mens, womens and childrens clothing, shoe stores, and home specialty items with many other stores. The Vacaville Premium Outlets are located just across from the Nut Tree, along Interstate 80. Simply put, Vacaville is a great place to live!