Thursday, May. 23, 2019
Portrait of William J. Thomas, Master Mechanic of the North Pacific Coast Railroad. & Mount Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railroad

William J. Thomas: Marin Railroad Genius

By Robert L. Harrison

William James Thomas was born in Hannibal, Missouri on December 14, 1859.  He moved with his   seven siblings to San Francisco when...

Early NPCRR locomotive and tender west of Lagunitas, where much damage was done to the canyon.

Railroad Construction Wreaks Havoc in West Marin

By Dewey Livingston

In choosing to run its rails through Lagunitas Canyon and along Tomales Bay, the directors of the North Pacific Coast Railroad must have foreseen some of the progress it would bring to the area’s population, the goods it would deliver to a...

Nancy (left) & Martye Kent inside family home in the remodeled Kent family barn in Kent Woodlands, 1940s

Remembering Nancy Kent Danielson (1926-2019)

By Laurie Thompson

I first met Nancy Danielson about a decade ago when she agreed to record an oral history interview with us at her Kentfield home.

Nancy was one of the daughters of Anne Thompson Kent and Thomas Kent.  Our...

The Jennie Griffin, in transit from San Francisco, is preparing to cross the bar.This view illustrates the likely condition of Bolinas Beach, when the schooner Almy met her fate.  Note the skiff being towed behind.

Hazards of the Bolinas Shipping Trade

By Richard Nielsen

In Bolinas’ early years, San Francisco’s growth in the wake of the discovery of gold, was a harbinger of demand for natural resources.  A lack of adequate overland transportation meant that any nearby...


The Golden Gate Freeway

By Robert L. Harrison

The Golden Gate Bridge graces the Bay today because in 1930 the voters in the Bridge’s six-county District had the foresight to pass a bond issue to fund the project.  The vote wasn’t even close: 145,057 favored the $35 million...



The Shafter ranch corral, where the cow-in-the-crack incident supposedly occurred.

1906 Earthquake: Story of the Cow caught in the Crack & the Traveling Trees

On April 18, 1906 at the Payne Shafter ranch at Olema -where the dairy was rented to a tenant- Henry and Romano Muscio got ready for the morning milking in the corral (cows were milked outside in...

The Marin County Canal
Tale of a Corte Madera Inn during Prohibition


Jim Sam

Jim Sam: The Legendary Chinese Cowboy

Without a doubt the most colorful character in Nicasio history is Jim Sam. His story is unique, and he left an imprint on generations of Nicasio residents. Jim Sam was a cowboy, cook, jockey,...

What’s Up with White’s Hill?
Sterling Hayden and Marin Railroads


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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