Rio Vista

About Rio Vista, CA

Located at the tip of Solano County, the community of Rio Vista is one of the oldest in the county. The original settlement was established in 1858, by History3Col. Nathan H. Davis, and was located at the mouth of Cache Slough, where it meets the Sacramento River, approximately two miles from its present location. Once established the settlement grew rapidly and fishing became the prime industry.

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A River Runs Through It

Perhaps it’s the allure of river towns as they were described by Mark Twain in works like “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “Tom Sawyer”.  Maybe it’s a deeply rooted longing that all humans have, whether they grew up in a bustling city or an endless track of modern suburbia to enjoy a slower paced existence.  Perhaps it’s just the natural deceleration that time seems to have in a place where a mighty tract of water moves slowly and inexorably towards the sea, season after season. Whatever the attraction is, talk to people who have lived in Rio Vista for most of their life and you’ll get the sense that Peace is as prevalent in the hearts of local residents as picket fences are abundant on the back streets of this sleepy river city.

1 Post Office, 3 Schools, 2 Banks, 3 Gas stations, 2 Car dealers, 1 Hardware Store, 1 (very friendly and nicely stocked) Local Market, 1 Liquor Store, 2 Motels, 1 Bakery, 1 Car Wash

Known far and wide as “The Heart of the Delta” Rio Vista’s proximity to the confluence of California’s two mightiest rivers, and the 1000 miles of the delta’s pristine rivers, marshes, and wetlands has made it a Mecca for boaters, fisherman, wildlife enthusiasts, bird watc Lush Deltahers, wind surfers, and people in general who seek a friendly smile, a slower pace, and a tranquil atmosphere. Come see for yourself why we call Rio Vista a “Diamond in the Rough”.

If you tell most folks from anywhere outside the Delta you’re from Rio Vista, the usual response is “Never heard of it, where is it?” To reply “It’s about mid-way between Sacramento andDowntown_Rio_Vista San Francisco” doesn’t seem to invoke much recognition. But tell them “It’s the town that ‘Humphrey the Humpback Whale’ came to visit back in the fall of 1985 and in May of 2007 where the Humpback mother and daughter dubbed ‘Delta and Dawn’ got stuck too…” and suddenly everyone seems to know exactly where you’re from! The fact is, that aside from a few celebrity whales once having “vacationed” here and the annual Bass Festival Derby, there is nothing particularly famous nor “infamous” about Rio Vista at all. And that’s just the way most folks here prefer it. If there were a “just the right size” contest for American townships, Rio Vista would most certainly make the finals with:

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