Saturday, Mar. 23, 2019
Sculptor Howard Lazar working on bust of Peter Donahue

The Return of Peter Donahue to Tiburon

By Robert L. Harrison

Peter Donahue first came to Tiburon in 1882 to prepare the vacant area at the end of the peninsula for a terminal of his San Francisco and North...

View of San Rafael in the mid 1880s.

The Glory of San Rafael

By Robert L. Harrison

“The glory of San Rafael” was one of the features which appeared in a Boston Traveler opinion piece many decades ago.  It was reprinted by the Marin Journal on January 19, 1888 under the banner “As Others See Us.”    

 Written by Kate Field, the author...

George Burge as he appeared in his 80s.

Bolinas Pioneer George Burge

By Richard Nielsen

Fatherless at age 7, by his early twenties George Burge knew his options for success in the rigid economic structure of early 1800s England were severely limited. Consequently, he decided to abandon the monotony of farm work that had carried...


Blithedale: The Cushings' Place in Marin

By Laurie Thompson

We invite you to join us on Monday March 11th at 6:30 pm for a special presentation by Tim Wood, a great great grandson of John Cushing, as he tells the story of the Blithedale Hotel and with it the story of the...

North Pacific Coast Railroad in Cazadero

George Black – A Civil Engineer with Integrity

By Robert L. Harrison

In the 1860s George Black was the Chief Engineer of two of California’s original railroads, the California Pacific Railroad (CPRR) running from Vallejo to Sacramento and the North Pacific Coast (NPC)...



The Marconi powerhouse, 1915. In March of 1918, the spark transmitters and other equipment were removed by the Marines & taken to Mare Island.

1918-1919: Trans-Pacific Radio silenced in West Marin

In 1913, Guglielmo Marconi placed West Marin on the radio map of the world.  His company constructed a transmitting station at Bolinas and a receiving station near Marshalls on the...

Shipwrecks of Marin: February 25th
Harry Allen and his Marvelous (Lost) Trail


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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