Hercules Historical Society

The Land, Water and Peoples of Refugio Valley

Hercules is the name of a place that occupies the watershed of Refugio Creek.  

Humans have settled in the Bay Area for about 11,000 years. Land and water are the foundations of any human settlement.   The qualities of rocks and soil in a place is important to understanding how people used the land over time. Here on the San Pablo Bay water has also shaped civilization in important ways.  

Sunset behind Mount Tamalpais over San Pablo Bay