Then & Now

It's been nearly two months since my last post. Believe me it hasn't been for lack of subjects. I probably have an idea a day for a blog post. Time of course is an issue. I'm challenged in that I find so many things that interest me. Working here at the Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library means I'm constantly coming across photos that literally call out to me begging for further research and sharing. As many of you know I'm not one to just look at an image. I have to investigate it for all the stories it may be able to tell. That investigation often leads to "field visits."

I had an appointment at 9 AM on B Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets in Petaluma which ended at 10 AM. Not having to be at work in Santa Rosa until 12 PM meant I had time to check out a couple of buildings on Kentucky Street that I'd been thinking would be good candidates for a then and now feature.

The results of this mornings sleuthing and an hour worth of research, writing and formatting (believe it or not!) are below. Of course I'd love to share the history of each building – things that can be learned here at the Library, but thought I ought to just get this published and hopefully peak your interest to not only visit the Library, but to take a walk. Be sure to view the rear of 147 Kentucky Street from Telephone Alley.

 

 

Then

137 Kentucky Street, Petaluma – 1914. SCL Photo No. 35200.

About Katherine J. Rinehart

Katherine J. Rinehart received a MA in History from Sonoma State University in 1994. For the past 19 years, Ms. Rinehart has worked in various positions within the fields of Cultural Resource Management and Historic Preservation and is currently employed by the Sonoma County Library where she has worked in the Sonoma County History and Genealogy Department since 2002. Katherine is the author of Petaluma: A History in Architecture, a contributor to Celebrating Petaluma published by the Petaluma Sesquicentennial Committee and the Petaluma Visitors Program. Ms. Rinehart is an occasional contributor to the Press Democrat and is proud to be a Petaluma Good Egg.
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4 Responses to Then & Now

  1. Gregg Fautley says:

    Your “now” photos have made me realize, this is the time of year to take comparative architectural photos. Trees (though beautiful to look at and providers of welcome Summer shade) block views when full of leaves!

    Keep up the good work, Katherine!!

    • Katherine J. Rinehart says:

      For me, if it’s not the trees (which I too love) it’s the cars. Invariably the day I set aside to take pictures¬†turns out to be¬†”garbage day.” Have found best time to take photos downtown is early Sunday mornings and on holidays.

  2. Love the “then & now” photos! Curious as to whether the “then” photos–particularly of 137 Kentucky give a hint as to the walkway into the store!

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