Graton, California

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Graton is an unincorporated town and census-designated place (CDP) in west Sonoma County, California, United States. The population was 1,815 at the 2000 census.[3] Graton's ZIP code is 95444.

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Geography

Graton is located at 38°26′15″N 122°51′59″W / 38.437613°N 122.866375°W / 38.437613; -122.866375.[4] The CDP has a total area of 1.56 sq mi (4.0 km2), all land.[1]

Graton is located at the southeastern end of Green Valley, on the east bank of the seasonally flooding Atascadero Creek. The elevation ranges from approximately 85 feet (26 m) above Mean Sea Level (MSL) at Atascadero Creek to 213 feet (65 m) MSL at Oak Grove School.

Notable

Graton is noted as lying at the approximate furthest southern and eastern extent of Russian Colonialism. Research on Fort Ross has indicated that several farms were developed inland from the coastal fur trading fort in northwestern Sonoma County. These farms or ranches were used for producing additional food and for agricultural projects conducted by Fort Ross's agronomist Yegor Chernykh. In 1836, a farm was established along Purrington Creek, between what are now the towns of Occidental and Graton. There Chernykh erected barracks and five other structures, and grew vegetables, fruit, wheat, and other grains. Chernykh also developed a large vineyard, introducing what has since become a major crop in the area.[5]

Elected representatives

Graton is represented by the following elected officials:

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