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Prue Draper, seated in a pedi-cab driven by Alan Allen of Petaluma Pedal Cab, leads a historic tour of downtown Cotati, Calif., on July 13, 2013, past the Cotati Korean Baptist Church which was built as St. Joseph's Catholic Church in 1908. (Alvin Jornada / For The Press Democrat)The Cotati Historical Society launched a unique contest leading up to the city’s 50th Anniversary Celebration with a History Hunt. Three dozen downtown properties participated by displaying pictures from the past so people could take a walking tour into the city’s 120-year history.

Out of the more than 40 entrants, 11 people answered all of the questions correctly. The top three with their prizes were:

•  Karen Castelli Hanahan, dinner for 10 by the Pasta King, Art Ibleto
•  Reta and Gary Santero, Hyatt Hotel getaway by Cotati Gravenstein Travel
•  John Allred, $120 deluxe bicycle tune-up by Hub Cyclery

Other perfect scorers will receive certificates as authentic Cotati History Buffs
•  Deanna Issel
•  Kellan Arnold
•  Emily Harris
•  Gary and Kim Martin
•  Kelly and Lori Smith

Here is the complete quiz along with the correct answers in bold. Some of the questions have more than one correct answer.

1. Mi Ranchito restaurant stands where there was formerly a?

a) livery stable b) gladiola garden c) bar

2. The Crossroads Center where A Classic Barber/The Jelly Donut/Friendly City Tattoo/

Korean Bear Restaurant/and Mike @ the Crossroads reside, was formerly a?

a) dance studio b) mattress factory c) plant nursery

3. The Downtown Garage/ Hub Cyclery/Apartment complex used to be a?

a) paint factory b) motor court c) auto parts store

4. Joel & Ron’s Harmony Garage/Loud & Clear Music/Amazing Records/Zone Recording

Studio building once housed a?

a) lumber yard b) glass company c) cafe

5. The Grapevine Shopping Center, where Marvin’s and China Chef Restaurants reside,

was once the site of a?

a) dentist office b) gas station c) bakery

6 . Papa Murphy’s was once a?

a) veterinarian b) post office c) newspaper office

7. The building now housing Risk Management Service/Mulligan Realty/Aims

Acclamation Insurance Management Services/Body Mechanics Healing Center was in

the past?

a) restaurant b) Odd Fellows Hall c) real estate office

8. Rancho Realtors was once the home of Cotati’s:

a) postmaster b) librarian c) fireman

9. Cotati Gravenstein Travel was formerly a?

a) beauty shop b) library c) jewel

10. Arch’s Glass/Miller’s Driving School building was formerly a?

a) garage b) record shop c) feed store

11.The Cotati Yacht Club/Galley Restaurant/Cotati Barber Shop/Nailz & Co./Medi-Cann

building stands where what used to be?

a) frame shop b) coffee shop c) general store

12. The building at 70 W Cotati Avenue was once a?

a) music shop b) incubator factory c) bicycle shop

13. La Plaza Veterinary Clinic is in the building that was formerly a?

a) gym b) pharmacy c) barber shop

14. SaSee Salon/Family Dentist complex once housed a?

a) doctor b) seamstress c) gift shop

15. Dos Amigos Restaurant was once a?

a) blacksmith b) shoe store c) bar

16. Spanckys/Friar Tuck’s/Sandalady building was formerly a?

a) co-op food store b) restaurant c) night club

17. A Cut Above/Cotati Coffee/Shige building used to be a?

a) craft shop b) bakery c) unknown

18. Hines Signs used to be a?

a) gas station b) newsstand c) auto repair

19. Cotati Market was once a?

a) five & dime b) grocery store c) blacksmith

20. L.V. Flowers was once a?

a) veterinarian b) butcher shop c) dry cleaner

21. Songbird Community Healing Center/Tattoos by J & D was formerly a?

a) photolab b) shoe store c) alternative school

22.The 8-Ball was once a?

a) stage coach stop b) millinery shop c) bar

23. Tama-Rama’s used to be a?

a) bank b) feed store c) bus depot

24. Redwood Cafe used to house a?

a) butcher b) movie house c) lumber/hardware store

25. Tiny-Thai/Ferrari Salon building was formerly a?

a) real estate office b) pet store c) family counselor

26.Cafe Salsa was once was a?

a) dry cleaner b) coffee shop c) sign shop

27. Exchange Bank used to be a?

a) dance studio b) bank c) hatchery

28. Knimble Clothing and Knicknack/Brixx Cotati & The Tradewinds building was once a?

a) paint factory b) flower market c) automotive/airplane dealer

29. Professional Framing has been?

a) an optometrist b) a residence c) a butcher shop

30. Out On A Whim/Marc Mezzetta’s Deli stands where what used to be?

a) barber shop/bar b) yarn shop c) stable

31. Congregation Ner Shalom has been a?

a) community club b) cabaret c) answering service


For questions regarding the contest or more information, please contact the CHS Board Secretary, Marie McNaughton at 529-0734.

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