Petaluma, California

The Petaluma Historical Library And Museum

The Petaluma Historical Library and Museum is located in the former Carnegie Library.

The musuem building has a stained glass dome in the ceiling, above all of the exhibits.

The musuem has an exhibit on George F. McNear, one of the pioneers of Petaluma.

One of the paintings within the musuem is from a local artists that depicted the “progression” of the California population from primarily Native American to primary caucasian.

Petaluma, California, Sonoma Mountain

1852 – Petaluma, California Was Founded

Petaluma, California was founded in 1852 and incorporated in 1858. Its first inhabitants probably arrived between 6 and 10,000 years ago and they were likely hunters and gathers. It is believed the word ‘Petaluma’ is from the language of the Coast Miwok Indians and translates into ‘hill backside”. Likely, this was referred to the Sonoma Mountain which is within close proximity to Petaluma.