Tuesday, Mar. 03, 2015
People flock to the "Joy Zone" at the PPIE

The Amusement Zone at San Francisco's 1915 World's Fair

By Laurie Thompson

Big International Exposition's Amusements Novel & Wonderful

Excerpted from the Marin Journal, 21 January, 1915


Tower of Jewels at Night, PPIE, 1915

1915 World's Fair: Symbol of San Francisco's Renaissance from the 1906 Earthquake

By Laurie Thompson

Marin Journal, 6 May 1915

San Francisco Celebrates Rebuilding

City Built Anew Is Host to the Entire World at the Greatest of Celebrations

SAN FRANCISCO, April 30. - While the city of...

Night View of the PPIE, 1915

Mark your Calendars for March 4: "People of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition"

By Laurie Thompson

We invite you to join us for a very special presentation on Wednesday, March 4, when Laura Ackley, author...

The Kaufmann family posed on a Mt. Tamalpais Scenic Railway car, June 28, 1896

Garage Sale Find is the Oldest Photo of Crookedest Railroad

By Fred Runner & Laurie Thompson

This photograph of a Mt. Tamalpais Scenic Railway car is a “garage sale” find from Myrtle Point, Oregon. It’s unusual not only because it names the people...

Postcard showing Marin Pavilion at the PPIE, 1915

Marin County proud of its booth at the Panama Pacific International Exposition, 1915

By Laurie Thompson

San Francisco's 1915 World's Fair to officially commemorate the opening of the Panama Canal and to unofficially showcase San...



NWP Train Station, San Rafael, 1935

Mission-style Depots in San Rafael symbol of Marin's Long Railroad History

When the North Pacific Coast Railroad initiated service in Marin County in the mid-1870s, our transportation system was revolutionized. Not only could people easily and comfortably travel...

140 Years Ago Railroad breaks ground for Puerto Suello Tunnel in San Rafael
Corte Madera as it was in 1906


November 8, 1952: Dedication of the Willis Linn Jepson memorial at Tomales Bay State Park

Photo Mystery Solved: Dedication of the Jepson Memorial, Tomales Bay State Park

The California Room recently acquired a photograph depicting an event in what looked like a clearing in a forest.  With no other information at hand, such as a caption or other related...

Olivia Dalessi Leaves Legacy
Quisisana: The Charles H. Bach Estate in Kentfield


Mt. Tamalpais Military Academy, Mounted Artillery, San Rafael, c.1902

Stephen Hamnet Shakespeare: Professor of Elocution at the Mt. Tamalpais Military Academy

Stephen Shakespeare died in San Rafael on Saturday morning, March 22nd, 1902, of pneumonia at age 67. A military service was held for him at the First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael on Monday...

Eleanor Gerhardt of Mill Valley
Robert James Kehoe: His Story


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