Petaluma, CA 94952
Chartered in 1858 along the banks of the Petaluma River, Petaluma is
one of California's oldest cities. During the Gold Rush the river
carried locally grown produce, poultry and dairy products to feed the
rapidly exploding populations of San Francisco and Oakland. It was
spared much of the destruction of the 1906 earthquake so Petaluma boasts
buildings whose foundations were laid a century-and-a-half ago and
whose facades are some of the best examples of iron-front architecture
in the entire United States. Downtown Petaluma was added to the National
Register of Historic Places in 1995 and is today home to more than 600
businesses and 65 historical properties.
The city’s riverfront location made it a bustling destination during the mid-19th century Gold Rush when the river carried locally grown produce, poultry and dairy products to feed the rapidly exploding populations of San Francisco and Oakland.
"Preserving Petaluma's Heritage"
Petaluma's Visitor Center
© January 1, 2011