From the Classroom

Petaluma's Steamboat Era

This is the second post in the series from Casa Grande High School students studying the historical transformation of Petaluma and its Watershed from 1850 with teachers Paula Biancalana and Jolene Thinnes. 

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The Red Jacket, a steamboat was creating so much business that soon manufacturing the boat was up to three trips a week to San Francisco. This made the lives of the citizens much more easier and safer. This shows how fast Petaluma and other regions soon advanced quickly making their transportation much simpler.

In 1904, a steamer in Petaluma sunk in McNear Channel. The image below captures the lining of the bottom of the steamer where it sank till this present day. Petaluma’s culture has changed much since the early 1900’s but this piece of history stayed put to remind the citizens of the steamboats.