Wednesday, Jul. 17, 2019
Romany Club members at Rock Springs, Mt. Tamalpais. Eva Nelson is the 2nd from the left.

The Romany Club: Adventures of a Women’s Hiking Club

By Laurie Thompson

Founded in 1913, the Romany Club was a hiking club affiliated with the Oakland YWCA. The club’s official colors were...

View southeast on Columbus (then Montgomery Ave.) to Admission Day parade, with oxen pulling covered wagon representing San Rafael parlor of NSGW. Montgomery Block in background. SFOpenHistory/ wnp15.1391.jpg

Revitalization of San Francisco's North Beach & its impact on 19th Century Marin

By Robert L. Harrison

Most residents can appreciate how certain projects and changes in San Francisco significantly affect Marin.  The Golden Gate Bridge stands as the most obvious example of both a real...

Dr. Henry O. Howitt, Alice Oge & Marie Beale at the Marin Golf & Country Club clubhouse in 1911.

Golfing in Marin in 1923

By Laurie Thompson

On March 14, 1923, the San Francisco Chronicle profiled Marin County in a special 24-page supplement.  Although the supplement's intent was to promote Marin as a residential and recreational destination, viewed from today's...

Golden Gate & San Francisco as seen from Twin Peaks, 1928

Early Concepts for Bridging the Golden Gate

By Robert L. Harrison

For more than 100 years European colonizers of the Bay Area dreamed of a bridge across the Golden Gate.   Some would stand at Fort Point in San Francisco or at Lime Point in Marin and imagine a mile...

Civic Center Post Office, from the Administration Building Dedication Brochure, 1962

Marin Trivia, Part II: Answers

By Carol Acquaviva

Here are the answers to last week's trivia quiz.

1.  What original feature of the Marin County Civic Center Post Office is no longer there?

b. A decorative globe

Half of the gold-leafed decorative globe comprised part of the...



Tiburon Peninsula, mid-20th Century

How the Tiburon Peninsula was shaped by filling the Bay

Most of downtown Tiburon is built on land reclaimed from San Francisco Bay waters or marsh lands.  The beautiful homes on the shores of the Belvedere Lagoon also sit on land fill.  The...

Iconic Maps of Marin: June 17th
William J. Thomas: Marin Railroad Genius


Trivia expert at the Novato Branch of the Marin County Free Library, 1928

Marin Trivia, Part II

In response to your interest in our local history trivia challenges at recent community events, and  a follow-up to our previous round of trivia, we thought you might enjoy a few more.


Jim Sam: The Legendary Chinese Cowboy
What’s Up with White’s Hill?


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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