Trains were a big factor in our local economy and industry. The fact that we have a Northwestern Pacific Railroad Museum and Historical Society is because Petaluma would not be the town that it is today without the rail system. Positively Petaluma did a little digging into the history and wanted to show you some vintage photos of the train history in Petaluma.
Here are some photographs we found in the Sonoma County Historical Archives.
Our historical Petaluma Visitor Center and art center is the original train depot and in the past has served as the center of our city’s transportation since 1914. In 1991 it was featured in a made for TV Hitchcock thriller in 1991. Today it will become a depot for the new Sonoma Marin Rail Transit Commission (SMART) train system.
Here are historical photos of our Petaluma Depot.