From the Classroom

The Steamer Gold Landing

"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 Landing was a way of navigating where boats could transport goods and also people from San Francisco to Petaluma. Three separate steamboats were christened “Petaluma” each of which sunk or burned. One of these steamboats was the Gold Landing Boat which transportedpassengers. The Steam Lander burned in 1920. Boats would transport eggs down river to San Francisco using a specially designed smokestack in the stern instead of the usual, bow. This special smokestack was important so heat from the engines wouldn’t poach the eggs before they got down river. The Steamer Gold Landing was very important to the history of the Petaluma River because it helped people get from one place to the other.

By Janelle Schwart