Before the Europeans arrived at Davis, a stretched land was found at Puta Creek, and the Puttoy, an indigenous tribe, had inhabited the area. In 1832, the numerous and healthy population was intact until 1833, when it became decimates due to a serious epidemic. The illness was speculated to have been a type of malaria introduced by trappers for the company of Hudson Bay as they weren't the first European explorers to come to the place. The survivors of Puttoy left their settlement at Davis, and part of the group went to Sonoma County, which was called Mission Solona.
Mary A.Davis and Jerome C. were among the first prominent settlers to arrive in Davis. They were related to Joseph B. Chile's who was among the pioneer that trail-blazed California. In 1858, the Davises expanded their holdings to 12,000 acres. Still, the emergence of financial hardships came from the Civil War, high-interest rates, drought, floods, lack of facilities used in transportation, and diseases from California ranchers. The Davises, in 1868, decided to relocate to Sacramento and sold the Davis ranch, which was 7,000 acres, to the California Pacific Railroad developers.
There was a survey made by the directors on the junction of the triangular railroad; hence, it played a significant role in developing Davis's future and other towns found around it.In 1868, there was extensive construction of businesses and residential buildings, spurred from the railroad's daily services to Davis Junction.
In 1905, few far-sighted citizens developed a new University State Farm, which was located near Davisville. The committee was made up of seven men from the Chamber of Commerce who successfully created the farm. Several citizens who were locals moved to subscribe for funds that they will use to purchase the 779- acre of land in Sparks Hamel Wright plus water, which would be used in irrigation.
In 1906, the offer was accepted, and there were celebrations in Davis of fireworks and flags being flown. In 1917, Davis City got incorporated by the government under its commission form. Vital civic improvements were needed concerning sewers, fire, sidewalks, security, and streets. In 1928, there was the adoption of part of the government called the mayor-council.
Later on, in 1950, the city got its first appointed administrator, in which there was the institutionalization of the city manager's position. In 1925, the establishment of the planned commission led to the General Plan, the first to be adopted two years later.
In 1993, a degree program that would take four years was introduced in the University Farm Institution. The following led to the community growing and having its campus cater to the community. There was an initiation of the first plans of the development at the place. A Veterinary Medicine School was added in 1949, and later on, in 1951, the College of Science and Letters got constructed.
In 1959, further developments were argued when Davis got determined by the U.C. Regents to have the University of California general campus. It embraces significant disciplines in academics. In 1962, there was the addition of the Engineering College, then after two years, the School of Law got established. In 1968, it was followed by the construction of Medicine School, and in 1973, they also built in Sacramento, the UC Davis Medical Center.
National recognition was given to Davis during the late 1970s due to the community's efforts towards conserving energy. Several builders from the city had pioneered efficiency in designing subdivisions and building. Coded city building was added in 1975, which required people to conserve energy as they cover new construction, and it was a must.
The university is famously known to have forty-five percent of the commuters use bikes. Davis therefore, grew to be bike-friendly since the construction of the school. The Bike Club in Davis was dedicated to deal with cycling and other activities that are related. The town always hosts the Bicycle Hall of Fame for the U.S. There is also a D.I.Y. public shop called the Davis Bike Collective.
Currently, Davis contains several historical things that famously attract people around the world. Some of the famous places in the area that residents and other people see include the Toad Tunnel, Yolo Causeway, Bohart Museum of Entomology, Eggheads, and the Solar Intersection.