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Santa Rosa Fire Department (1905 to 1915)

Santa Rosa Fire Department (1905 to 1915)

Santa Rosa Fire Department officials and notables stand proudly by the city’s new pumper engine in front of the fire station in the 500 block of 5th St just west of the present day Exchange Bank circa 1905 to 1915.  Silverek Collection.

Early Fourth Street (1902 to 1910)

Early Fourth Street (1902 to 1910)

This eastward view of early Fourth Street reflects the mix of transportation methods: horsedrawn private conveyances and electric public streetcars. The small city enjoyed a number of streetcar lines.  Silverek Collection.

Santa Rosa Municipal Airport

Santa Rosa Municipal Airport

Santa Rosa Municipal Airport on the city’s northern edge was renamed in 1937 for Fred Steiner, deceased city manager, but the new name was seldom used.  Silverek Collection.


Historical Society of Santa Rosa

Our Winter 2018 Newsletter is here!

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Welcome to our website!

First time HSSR member account login information:

The first time using our new website you will need to perform a password reset to access your account. There will be an option to have your computer remember the password, you may keep track of it, or just reset it each time. Click here to reset your password and enter the email address you have provided the HSSR. You will receive an emailed password reset link.

If you need help email us at info@historicalsocietysantarosa.org

Our Mission

The purpose of the Historical Society of Santa Rosa is to engage the community in preserving and appreciating the city’s past.

DGS Coll SR citizens on Courthouse Steps Lft Side

Photograph taken on steps of Courthouse New Year’s Day 1916. Courtesy Silverek Collection.

                  The Historical Society of Santa Rosa strives to breathe life into our history, to shine a light on where we started and to celebrate the builders and those who toiled in making the city what it is today.

From our beginning as a bulwark of the Spanish Empire to stem encroachment from the Russians at Fort Ross, to small farmers growing root vegetables for San Francisco and the gold fields, to the railroads connecting us to the rest of the continent, to Luther Burbank, to utopian communities, an earthquake that many thought was the end of the city and to Chinatown and Little Italy, Santa Rosa’s history is rich with stories untold or little known.

Our mission is to bring this wonderful tapestry to the public, the young and old, long time families and new comers, the wealthy and those of more modest means, in the hope that all of us can take pride in what have we built.  As important, we must not forget to look critically at how we treated immigrants, minorities and the less fortunate to ensure we are all represented. This is our mission. We hope you will join us for this journey through time.

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