Alan Schepp’s Napa River Mosaic
Alan Shepp created this visual tour of Napa Valley history for locals and visitors to enjoy in downtown Napa’s historic Napa Mill next to the Napa River Inn
. Being a horse lover, I chose to focus on the Homesteader Horse and Plow section of the mosaic mural and fountain. According to history, homesteaders arrived in Napa County while Alta California was under Mexican rule. Around 1846, after annexation by the United States and statehood in 1850, more settlers arrived in the area. As is the case today, agriculture was a main source of commerce in the Napa Valley. Back in the day, farmers grew more vegetables, fruits, nuts and wheat than California’s Central Valley. Fortunately for us, wine still plays a vital role in Napa Valley’s economy. Will horses disappear in California’s Napa Valley like the beaver and river otter? Only time will tell. Until then, the horse lives on in equine art: horse in mosaic.
Article and photos by Equine writer Nancy D. Brown.
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