Wingo

Name:

Wingo

County:

Sonoma

Zip Code:

 

Latitude / Longitude:

38°13′46″N 122°26′23″W / 38.22944°N 122.43972°W / 38.22944 -122.43972

Elevation:

1 ft (0.3 m)

Time Zone:

Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)

Comments:

Wingo is a ghost town located in Sonoma County, California in the United States. It can be found on older maps as a dot along the sloughs of Sonoma Creek, south of the city of Sonoma and east of Schellville.

Remains:

Formerly known as “Norfolk”, it was given the name Wingo by the Railroad. Now a ghost town of a few barns, cabins, and a train trestle, it was once a bustling town that served as a stop for steamer passengers from San Francisco. Wingo and its surrounding area of 738 acres has become a part of the Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area overseen by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Established:

 

Disestablished:

 

Current Status:

Formerly open to tidal action, the area was diked to create agricultural lands. During winter rains natural seasonal ponds are created. Since this area is on a major migration route for many species of birds, efforts are being made to create more seasonal and permanent freshwater ponds and to plant crops and grasses for wildlife.

Remarks:

Wildlife that can be seen in and around Wingo include: Golden Eagles, American Kestrels, Red-tailed Hawks,Northern Harriers, owls, California Quail, Ring-necked Pheasant, bitterns, Turkey Vultures, coyotes, Cottontail Rabbit, shorebirds, ducks, kingfishers, herons, egrets, Mourning Doves, woodpeckers, swallows, songbirds and others.