From the Classroom

William Bihler's Ranch House

  • "The following is a student created blog regarding the history of the Petaluma Watershed. This blog is part of a series from students at Casa Grande participating in the Watershed Classroom with educators Paula Biancalana and Jolene Thinnes."

This is a recent photo of William Bihler’s ranch house. Around 1859 Bihler purchased 8,000 acres in Lakeville, making him the first person in Petaluma to build a ranch house. He built his home along a river, and because his home was along the river he was able to transport and receive goods. He also dynamited Tolay Lake so he could raise potatoes, corn and later grapes.

By Danah Hassoun