Sunday, Jul. 31, 2016
Residence of James McCue

James McCue & His Circus Horses

By Laurie Thompson

In the early 1870s James McCue bought several hundred acres of land in the heart of Corte Madera for a country estate including 167 acres of ranch land between Alto...

Point Bonita Lighthouse

Heroism at Point Bonita

By Laurie Thompson

San Francisco Call, 2 January 1898

An excerpt from: Dashed to Pieces Against the Golden Gate

“John Hyslop, one of the best know observers on the coast, tells an interesting story of the wreck of the wrecking schooner Samson, which was stranded and destroyed by fire January 4, 1895, near Point...

Lagan Institute at San Rafael Day, 1911

San Rafael's Oldest Festival revived in 1911

By Laurie Thompson

The October 28, 1911 Sausalito News reports:

“The revival of the celebration of Oct. 24th, San Rafael Day, which has been dormant for three score and more years, took place in San Rafael on Tuesday and...

The Kent family enjoys the warmth of the Steep Ravine Hot Springs in 1940

The Kents enjoy the Hot Springs at Steep Ravine

By Jocelyn Moss

When this photograph was taken, William Kent, Jr. had already built ten cabins at Steep Ravine overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the Marin County coast. He built the cabins for the extended Kent family as...


Bolinas RCA Chief Rigger Made a Difference

By Richard Nielsen

In 1924, Walter (Walt) Wagner was assistant chief rigger at the Marion RCA transmitting station in Marion, Massachusetts.  Walt was surprised when RCA approached him about being the chief rigger on the...



Elaborate Pyrotechnics Display at the 1915 World’s Fair

101 years ago, the Panama Pacific International Exposition created a 3-day Independence Day celebration to top all others.

The July 1, 1915 Marin Journal reported:

“The chief event will be...

Tragedy befalls Joseph Mailliard
Marin Art & Garden Fair


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


Rudolph Betolli's patented design for a whimsical "bunny rabbit" baby bottle, 1927

Rudy Bettoli: From Winemaker to Toy Maker

Rudolph William Bettoli was born in San Francisco on December 16, 1889, the son of immigrants Stephen Bettoli and Frances Plistil. Stephen Bettoli was born in Switzerland on April 3, 1865 and...

The William S. Hughes Family: San Rafael Pioneers, 1855-1914
The Ancestry of San Rafael Pioneer Elisha DuBois


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