From the Archives
Another Historical Society in Bodega Bay? If you are interested in the history of shipwrecks and remains of the old "dog hole ports" I know you will be excited and interested to hear that a new historical society is forming in Bodega Bay. The Redwood Coast landscape is dotted with evidence of how the lumber trade adapted to the rugged marine environment allowing the business to flourish from the mid-19th century into the 20th century. SCHUNRS is the creation of John Harreld, a volunteer scientific scuba diver for the Bodega Marine Lab, Jason Herum, Dive Safety Officer for BML, and Denise Jaffke, a State Parks archaeologist from Lake Tahoe. Their goals are to: discover "lost" maritime cultural resources, document, protect, and interpret existing and newly discovered maritime cultural resources, contribute to the training of scientifically certified SCUBA divers in underwater archaeology methods, public education and outreach. SCHUNRS (pronounced "schooners") will be documenting the remains of infrastructure and shipwrecks at several sites on the coast, including Bodega Bay.
Faces Exhibit The Faces of Bodega Bay exhibit held on April 28 and 29, 2019 at the Grange was a fabulous success. After more than a year and half of preparation, John Hershey and Robin Rudderow were pleased to present eighty-nine artful portraits of Bodega Bay locals. To convey a bit of each personal story, each person or family was pictured in their own surroundings, telling us what they find special about Bodega Bay.
Robin on French TV Earlier this year Robin Rudderow, our RBHS archivist, was interviewed by a video team putting together a program about Alfred Hitchcock for French TV . It's a travel show that focuses on locations where films were made. This program featured San Francisco for "Vertigo" and Bodega Bay for "The Birds".
Louie's Wharf Louie's Wharf was a commercial wharf. It is the site of the beginning of the Bodega Bay tourist industry, as early as 1926 with a refreshment stand, called "Coast Camp". Louis Asman owned the wharf and started the party boat industry. Mitch and Wanda Zankich built the restaurant on the water after a 1960's fire. The Tides Wharf Restaurant and Gift Shop have been extensively remodeled since the Zankich building. Robert Bugatto expanded across the highway in the 1980s. Located there now is the Inn at the Tides.
Mammoth Rocks These are features believed to be used for grooming by now-extinct Ice Age megafauna such as Mammuthus columbi and Bison antiquus. The rocks are located on the coast of Sonoma County about 75 km north of San Francisco, within Sonoma Coast State Beach (south of Jenner), a unit of the California State Park System. To date, six sites have been located consisting of one or more rubbing rocks, all within an area about 4 km in diameter. The two main sites are referred to as Mammoth Rocks and Jasper Rock.
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.