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Cloverdale

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Cloverdale is a city in Sonoma County, California, United States. The San Francisco and North Pacific Railroad reached Cloverdale in 1872. The Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California is headquartered here. The population was 8,618 at the 2010 census.GeographyCloverdale is located in the northern portion of Sonoma County, about 85 miles north of San Francisco. U.S. 101 passes through city.The city has a total area of 2.6sqmi, all of it land.Cloverdale is located in the Wine Country, being part of the Alexander Valley AVA.ClimateThis region experiences warm and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Cloverdale has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.Cloverdale gets to over 100 degrees - and is known for having hot dry summers relative to the rest of Sonoma county. The area is in a drought--possibly exacerbated by unregulated growth of vineyards.HistoryCloverdale began as an early stage stop, known as Markleville, on the Rancho Rincon de Musalacon Mexican grant. In 1856 R. B. Markle and W. J. Miller bought 759acre, which included the present site of the town from Johnson Horrell. In 1859, James Abram Kleiser bought Markle's interest, and the town was laid out. The town was incorporated when the San Francisco and North Pacific Railroad arrived in 1872. By 1878, the railroad service provided three trains a day between Cloverdale and Ferries of San Francisco Bay.
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