Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017
1908 meeting of the Marin County Medical Society at Pastori's Resort, Fairfax

Marin County Medical Society: Serving Marin for 119 Years

By Jocelyn Moss

The Marin County Medical Society had a skeleton in the closet! Literally! Dr. William F. Jones was the long-time...

San Anselms Catholic Church after rare snow fall on Jan. 9, 1913

104 Years Ago Today: Snow Blankets Marin

By Laurie Thompson

Every few decades, Marin as well as other parts of the Bay Area, experience a rare winter snow fall. One such snow storm occurred one hundred and four years ago today on January 9, 1913, when snow blanketed not only Mount Tamalpais but communities throughout Marin.


The SS Hanalei as it appeared the day of the wreck.

Wireless Station Opens with Tragedy at Its Doorstep

By Richard Nielsen

The Marconi Wireless Station at Bolinas initiated operations amidst a lot of fanfare on  September 24, 1914.  Partial responsibility of the station was communicating with ships at sea,...

Looking north at the oil drilling operation at the RCA in early 1949.  The barn of the former Mary Ann Strain Ranch is in the middle distance.  The white building is the original Marconi Powerhouse, now Building 1.

Busted Dreams of Oil Wealth in Bolinas

By Richard Nielsen

In 1865, the first two oil wells were drilled at Bolinas.  One well was sunk on the beach near the landing at The Point, where downtown Bolinas would be established.  The other was located on the property of...

Shay Locomotive Scale Model, December 16, 1911

105 Years Ago Today in Mill Valley

By Fred Runner, Mt. Tamalpais Scenic Railway Historian

One Hundred Five years ago today, December 16, 1911, beneath some oak trees in Mill Valley, Howard Folker snapped a photo of his newly finished model of a Shay steam engine. Within two weeks it would be on display in the...



Santa Visits Sausalito

In 1903, the high-achieving elementary school students of Sausalito were honored with a visit from Santa at Buena Vista Park.

The December 12, 1903 San Francisco Call reported:


A Vagrant at Double Point
It's a Wonderful Life in Corte Madera


Anita Dolcini Googins Spoke "Swiss"

Anita Dolcini Googins (1916-2015) grew up in West Marin speaking the Swiss-Italian dialect. Her great-grandfather Carlo Martinoia (Charles Martin) was one of many Swiss-Italian immigrants who left their small villages in the Vallemaggia, Switzerland to seek opportunity in the golden hills of California. In the 1850s, Martin found it in Chileno...

Photo Mystery Solved: Dedication of the Jepson Memorial, Tomales Bay State Park
Olivia Dalessi Leaves Legacy


Sketch of Angellotti's San Rafael Hotel

San Rafael Pioneer Guiseppe Angellotti

Guiseppi Angellotti was a true pioneer of San Rafael. He came to San Rafael in 1850 and saw the San Rafael Mission before it was torn down. At that time, California had just become a state and San...

Rudy Bettoli: From Winemaker to Toy Maker
The William S. Hughes Family: San Rafael Pioneers, 1855-1914


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