Friday, Sep. 04, 2015
North Pacific Coast Railroad items on display in the California Room

Marin's Historic Railroad Depots on Display

By Carol Acquaviva

What's in a station name?

The North Pacific Coast Railroad (NPCRR) built a spur line into Mill Valley in 1889 and named it "Eastland" in...

Dominican College circa 1908

Dominican College: A California Pioneer

By Laurie Thompson

Excerpted from an article titled The College, published in the Marin Journal, May 26, 1892:

In 1850 the Sisters of St. Dominic founded St. Catherine’s Academy in Benicia. It was the pioneer institute of the State, and though since then, numerous others have been...

Kuser "Wanted" poster, 1903

Prominent Novato Citizen Wanted for Embezzlement

By Laurie Thompson

We recently received an interesting "Wanted" poster issued by Marin County Sheriff W. P. Taylor in early 1903.

In it, Sheriff Taylor offers a reward of $100. for one Chas. Kuser, age 35, native of...


98 Years Ago: Fairfax Incline Railroad Installed

By Laurie Thompson

Marin Journal, 14 August 1913:

An Important step was taken in the development of suburban San Francisco when the Fairfax Development company placed their funicular car upon the tracks in Fairfax Manor...

Corte Madera "Castlette" built for Morrison Pixley

Rare Periodical printed from Corte Madera "Castlette"

By Laurie Thompson

The Corte Madera "Castlette"-so-called for the crenellation which originally edged its rooftop- was once home to Morrison F. Pixley, descendent of a pioneer Corte Madera family. Though the...



Camping at Camp Taylor, 1889

Halycon Days at Camp Taylor

Samuel P. Taylor came to California in 1849 to look for gold. His success in the gold fields enabled him to purchase 100 acres of land on Lagunitas Creek, where, in 1856, he built the first paper...

Historic Marin Newspapers now part of the California Digital Newspaper Collection
Taliesin West inspires Developer of Toyon Terraces in Sausalito


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


DuBois Family Coat of Arms

The Ancestry of San Rafael Pioneer Elisha DuBois

On a recent trip to the Anne T. Kent California Room, I had the opportunity to study Elisha DuBois’ 19th-Century business ledgers where I gleaned some new information on the history and...

Stephen Hamnet Shakespeare: Professor of Elocution at the Mt. Tamalpais Military Academy
Eleanor Gerhardt of Mill Valley


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