A Rich HistoryVisit the Museum
A day in the life of Windsor…
yesterday and today.
By 1855 Windsor was an official town with its own U.S. post office and the principal of the Russian River Township that encompassed 41,423 acres. In its heyday, Windsor boasted four hotels, seven saloons, seven wineries, several grocery stores, three livery stables, a railroad depot, lodge halls, numerous grammar schools, and many other businesses. Farmers in the area raised livestock and grew grain, grapes, hops, and prunes in the rich Russian River bottomland. Herds of cattle were driven from area ranches through the streets of town to the train depot. During World War II, fighter planes roared overhead to the army air base constructed on Windsor ranchland, and on the other side of town, a prisoner-of-war camp housed young Germans who worked on Windsor’s farms.
From Barbara Rays, “Images of America, Windsor”