Fair Play was originally a gold mining town located at the intersections of Perry Creek Rd and Idlewild Rd, just a quarter mile north of E16 Winery’s tasting room. The town was surrounded by numerous gold mines, the largest of which was the Slug Gulch mine not far from Bumgarner Winery.

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View of the town of Fair Play and the Fair Play Hotel on what is now Idlewild Rd. The picture is taken from what is now the intersection of Perry Creek Rd and Idlewild Rd in a southeast direction.

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Picture of the Fair Play Hotel on what is now Idlewild Rd. The picture is taken from the north side of Idlewild in the south direction. In the background is the hill on which the present Fair Play Cemetery is located. Further in the background is the ridge on which present Skinner Vineyards is located.

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Picture of the town of Fair Play taken from what is now Idlewild Rd in the northwest direction towards what is now Perry Creek Rd. The Fair Play Hotel is on the left. On the right is the site of the future Red Poets Winery.