From the Archives

Spud Point Marina On Bodega Harbor, the building of Spud Point Marina meanders through a maze of 52 years of bureaucracy on the County, State and Federal levels. It began in 1933 and ended with the opening of the Marina in 1985.

Joy Road Who named "Joy Road" and why? Driving past, I wondered, "Were they really happy when they named that road?" Then I learned that buried in the little graveyard in Bodega Harbour were several young children with the last name "Joy" from the 1850's I realized the road is named for a Rancho Bodega pioneer family.

Smith Family In 1843, Captain Stephen Smith and Tsupu had a son William (Bill) Smith. In 1876, he married Rosalie Charles and they had 12 children. In the early 1900's with the help of his large Bodega Miwok family, Bill Smith founded the commercial fishing industry in Bodega Bay.

Rose Gaffney In 1916 as a young woman, Rose found her home at the Gaffney Bodega Head ranch as hired help to do housework. Eventually she married one of the Gaffney brothers. When he retired from ranching they moved nearby to Salmon Creek.

Little Buckhorn Ranch Little Buckhorn Ranch, a 446 acre ranch on Coleman Valley Road, was first a part of the 35,000 acre Rancho Bodega, then a part of the nearly 4,000 acre coastal Buckhorn Ranch owned by WSM Wright.

Admiral Belcher's Maps of Bodega Bay European explorers were reaching the far ends of the Earth by the early 1800's, including Edward Belcher. Born in 1799 in Nova Scotia, then a province of England, and now Canada, Edward joined the British Royal Navy at age 13, when England was at war with France. After the war, he was assigned to ships that explored the Mediterranean and Pacific coastlines and several South Pacific Islands.

St. Teresa of Avila in Bodega An Irish Surveyor and an Italian Priest join together to build a "jewel in the crown of our county" St. Teresa of Avila, the Catholic Church in Bodega.

Bodega Head The windswept Bodega Head: a park, a campground, two marinas, a world class marine research facility, all made accessible by the road PG&E built in the early 1960s.

Camp Meeker In the spring of 1869, Melvin Cyrus Meeker purchased the homestead that became Camp Meeker. The homestead was located between Occidental and Monte Rio and amidst the redwoods directly on Dutch Bill Creek.

Bodega Bay Creamery This was a working Creamery before 1900, receiving and shipping dairy products to San Francisco. It was incorporated on July 12, 1912 and continued as such until 1916, when it merged with the Bodega Creamery and then together they were called The Bodega Cooperative Creamery.

Chanslor Ranch A 437 acre dairy ranch, known as the "Sutherland Ranch", was purchased by James Coleman (born in Dublin, Ireland in 1825), probably in the 1860's following the subdivision of Rancho Bodega. The 1877 atlas shows a house on the ranch, in the same location where the current ranch house is located, called the "Ocean View House".

Seamen's Cemetery Sometime around 1848-1850, Captain Stephen Smith donated roughly an acre-and-a-half from his Mexican land grant to create a burial ground for sailors who drowned at sea.