Jack London 6-27-07 039 (2)The park contains the cottage residence where Jack London wrote books, short stories, articles and letters while he oversaw various agricultural enterprises. After London’s death, his wife, Charmian, continued to live in the cottage until her death in 1955. It was her wish that the ranch be preserved in memory of Jack London and his work. There is a museum in “The House of Happy Walls,” which Mrs. London built in a redwood grove.

Today’s traveler can explore the historical sites and hike miles into the 1,400 acre gorgeous park.  As you hike, it is easy to see why Jack London said:

“I ride over my beautiful ranch.  Between my legs is a beautiful horse.  The air is wine.  The grapes on a score of rolling hills are red with autumn flame.  Across Sonoma Mountain, wisps of sea fog are stealing.  The afternoon sun smolders in the drowsy sky.  I have everything to make me glad I am alive.”

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