"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."
The steamer Gold was built by the San Francisco Company in 1883. It was later sold to the P&SR (Petaluma and Santa Rosa) Railroad Company to help carry supplies across the river. If you walk down Petaluma Blvd. towards the turning basin and as you get near the Jack Balshaw bridge, look up towards the side of the building of the Great Mill and to your right you can see the logo of the steamer Gold. The steamer Gold would depart for San Francisco every morning and afternoon for 50 cents. The steamer Petaluma was originally named Resolute but when bought by the Petaluma and Santa Rosa Railroad Company, they renamed it the Petaluma. Just like the steamer Gold, the Petaluma were used for the transportation of goods and passengers.
By Melissa Lam