Petaluma history is rich in innovation, culture, architecture, and agriculture. The area around Petaluma was a sacred place for the indigenous people who lived here for centuries. Its fertile soil and natural waterways were also attractive to settlers from Europe, Asia, and the Middle East starting in the mid-1800s.

Petaluma was incorporated as a City in 1858. It has survived earthquakes, fire, and flood. We are fortunate that much of its history is still alive and well, in historical buildings, agricultural connections, cultural associations, and local land that has been preserved.

History Overview

Learn about Petaluma's history from agriculture to business innovation.

Historic Places

Learn about and find historic places around the City.

Historic Preservation

There are important rules in place to protect and preserve Petaluma's Historic Resources.

Fire History

Petaluma's Fire Department has a rich history dating back to 1850s.

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