Saturday, Jun. 15, 2019
Trivia expert at the Novato Branch of the Marin County Free Library, 1928

Marin Trivia, Part II

By Carol Acquaviva

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...

Tiburon Peninsula, mid-20th Century

How the Tiburon Peninsula was shaped by filling the Bay

By Robert L. Harrison

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 reclaimed lands provide ideal locations...

Dewey Livingston at the Map & Special Collections Annex.

Iconic Maps of Marin: June 17th

By Dewey Livingston

There’s a lot to be said for a detailed map of a place we know, or want to know. Unlike a painting or photo, a map paints a picture and provides an accurate depiction of life on the ground we walk upon. Old maps can be full of...

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 he was four.  Thomas lived in the city until he was 21 when he...

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...



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

Remembering Nancy Kent Danielson (1926-2019)

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...

Hazards of the Bolinas Shipping Trade
The Golden Gate Freeway


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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