James Witt Dougherty purchased the land here in 1852, including a two-story adobe building. A community grew up around the adobe, and was first called Amador's and Amador Valley after Jose Maria Amador the original owner of Rancho San Ramon (Amador). The post office arrived in 1860 and renamed the place Dougherty Station. The southern part of the settlement broke off and became Dublin. The post office was renamed Dougherty in 1896 and closed in 1908.