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.