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Petaluma weighs demolition of houses on historic site

Petaluma planners and historic preservation committee members will consider an application Tuesday night to demolish one of several houses on what may have been the site of the earliest European settlement in Petaluma.

The Cedar Grove area is considered the location of perhaps the earliest historical structure in Petaluma, a rustic 1850 hunting camp hut of John Lockwood.

Petaluma Cedar Grove Park

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The following year, the first trading post in Petaluma was established on a boat in the Petaluma Creek, next to the camp.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Cedar Grove – a 7-acre parcel off Lakeville Street between the Petaluma River and the railroad tracks – was host to a private city garden, an amusement park, picnic grounds, hotel, bowling alley and more.

There are several structures on the property, including the Bloom-Tunstall house and the remains of what may have been the first hotel in Petaluma. For several years, Holmberg Roofing was located there.


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