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History of Healdsburg

When you long for small town charm, come to Healdsburg. Envision a town with the best qualities of turn-of-the century America, yet with the ambiance of a European countryside. Tucked between three lush valleys and surrounded by over 60 wineries, Healdsburg is nestled in the heart of the wine country. We’re only 65 miles north of San Francisco on Hwy. 101.

Our early residents, the Pomo Indians, built their villages in these open fertile valleys along the Russian River. The wild 1800’s and California Gold Rush brought new settlers to the generous farming land here. One early entrepreneur, Harmon Heald, envisioned a grand plan for the village that would be his namesake. In 1857 he constructed a store and post office, sold lots “downtown”, and plotted a town complete with a Spanish-style Plaza. Healdsburg was officially incorporated ten years later. The extension of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad in 1871 brought visitors and increased commerce to our booming town.

The City of Healdsburg continues to flourish. We are a full service City, providing electrical, water and sewer services to residents. Healdsburg’s safety is ensured by modern and well-equipped police and fire departments. Economic development is guided through the efforts of the local Community Redevelopment Agency.

Read more about Healdsburg’s rich history on the Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society page at


Departments and Services

  • City Manager’s Office
  • City Clerk
  • Document Central
  • Economic Development
  • Electric Department
  • Administrative Services Department
  • Fire Department
  • Healdsburg Municipal Airport
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Personnel
  • Planning and Building
  • Police
  • Public Works
  • Transit
  • Redevelopment Successor Agency of the City of Healdsburg
  • Oversight Board for the Redevelopment Successor Agency of the City of Healdsburg