"The History and Stories of the Capay Valley"

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The History and Stories of the Capay Valley 440-page, full-color hard cover - Book

Our first published book - The History & Stories of the Capay Valley - is a compilation of 18 volumes of a quarterly journal for The Greater Capay Valley Historical Society that author Elizabeth "Betsy" Monroe wrote and published between 2011 and 2014 - with updated material added.

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Elizabeth Monroe - Author

Betsy attended the Capay School, just like her grandmother did 70 years earlier. When the school districts were unified, the Capay Valley and Hungry Hollow kids were bussed into the "big town" of Esparto to complete elementary school and where the valley kids had been graduating from high school for generations. Esparto High School is the second oldest high school in Yolo County after Winters High. Graduating in 1971, Betsy left home for college and reclaimed her given name, Elizabeth...but after taking early retirement from the teaching field to come home to research and write, the valley locals turned her right back into Betsy--and she is fine with that! It is good to be home!

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Published 2015

It has been an amazing journey! I came to find my own "roots" and ended up taking the journey of discovery with so many others! So now I have compiled the 18 volumes into a hardcover book of 440 full-color pages: "The History and Stories of the Capay Valley,"  reaching back into the mid-1800s, but focusing primarily on our last 100 years together--because my readers and I are the history of the Capay Valley!

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We reach back into time and bring the people, places and stories of this special region to life - through published books, journals, and videos.


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History of the Capay Valley

Many local families and others have been living and working here for decades, others are Native American descendants of an 8000 year history in the valley, but all cooperate to make this an agricultural wonderland!

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the history and stories of the capay valley

Capay Valley traditionally  has been the home of the Hill Patwin or southern Wintun people. The Cache Creek Casino Resort is in the Capay Valley.

The historic Mexican land grant of Rancho Canada de Capay formerly comprised the valley in the 19th century.


Researched, Written and Edited by Elizabeth 'Betsy' Monroe

The Birds of the Capay Valley (pdf)


Black History Day Celebration (pdf)


History of the Hill Patwin People (pdf)


History of the Japanese in Capay Valley (pdf)