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About This Collection



About This Collection

The images in this collection are taken from the collections of the Western Sonoma County Historical Society's West County Museum. They include photographs, postcards, greeting cards, maps and other items chronicling the history of western Sonoma County, with an emphasis on early Sebastopol and Graton, agriculture, Luther Burbank and his Gold Ridge Experiment Farm, and the Petaluma & Santa Rosa Railroad. 

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The West County Museum

The Western Sonoma County Historical Society in cooperation with the City of Sebastopol undertook the restoration of the Petaluma & Santa Rosa Railroad Depot in the 1980s. The building had been designed by Brainerd Jones, noted Petaluma based architect.

The Petaluma and Santa Rosa Electric Railway Depot built in 1917 was restored in 1993, and today is the home of the West County Museum at 261 South Main Street in Sebastopol, CA.The West County Museum opened in 1993 in the old downtown electric train station with an exhibit on the Railroad. The Depot was placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1996.

The Society

The Western Sonoma County Historical Society, a non-profit corporation, depends on memberships and grants/donations to support its work of protecting and preserving our West County historical heritage. Please join us! See our website for membership information.

South Main P&SR electric railway depot and trains, 1905

Maps and Streetview

The Google maps and Streetview images displayed below many of the Collection's images are based on the best information available in the records. In some cases, that information may be incorrect or Google was unable to interpret the address correctly (more than a few street names have changed over time and lots may have been renumbered). If you find an incorrect location for a particular image, we welcome corrections! Please use the comment feature at the bottom of the page and provide more accurate information if you have it. We verify the corrections and update our information. 

Unknown Locations and Subjects

We also welcome information on unidentified locations and people in our collections -- unfortunately, we have many such images . If you know something more, leave a comment on this site or at our Flickr collection of unidentified images .

Other Questions or Comments About Materials in this Collection

For questions or comments about this collection, please contact the Western Sonoma County Historical Society or  Geoffrey Skinner

For local history questions, you may also contact Tony Hoskins or Katherine Rinehart at the Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library; for wine-related materials, please contact Jon Haupt at the Sonoma County Wine Library. Website questions may be directed to Geoffrey Skinner.

Other Questions, Comments and Donations

We welcome your questions about materials in these collections and offers of donations of photographs or other materials related to Sonoma County history and life. For local history, contact  Katherine Rinehart at the Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library; for wine-related materials, please contact Megan Jones at the Sonoma County Wine Library.

Website questions may be directed to Geoffrey Skinner.

Use of the Images or Other Media on this Site

The Sonoma County Library makes no assertions as to ownership of any original copyrights to digitized images and can claim only physical ownership of the image(s) described in this records. However, these images are intended for Personal or Research use only. Any other kind of use, including, but not limited to commercial or scholarly publication in any medium or format, public exhibition, or use online or in a web site, may be subject to additional restrictions, including but, not limited to the copyrights held by parties other than the Library.USERS ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for determining the existence of such rights and for obtaining any permissions and/or paying associated fees necessary for the proposed use. Preferred credit line is: Courtesy, the Western Sonoma County Historical Society for images in this collection; for all other images, the preferred credit line is: Courtesy, the Sonoma County Library. Please see additional reproduction and reuse information for images owned by the Sonoma County Library at


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