Monday, Aug. 03, 2015
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...

Camping at Camp Taylor, 1889

Halycon Days at Camp Taylor

By Laurie Thompson

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 mill west of the Mississippi. He created his own papermaking process and was a pioneer in the...

Marin Journal, 4 January 1900

Historic Marin Newspapers now part of the California Digital Newspaper Collection

By Laurie Thompson

Thanks to a grant from the Craemer Family Foundation and contributions from many of you, last year we created a digitized and sarchable...

The Channing Home in Toyon Terraces, Sausalito, 1954

Taliesin West inspires Developer of Toyon Terraces in Sausalito

By Laurie Thompson

Rob Rose, the developer of Toyon Terraces in the hills of Sausalito, visited Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West in 1952. He was clearly inspired by Wright's concept of...

Sausalitans participating in the Folk Dance Festival at Marin Junior College, July, 1946

Marin Folk Dance Festival Draws 5000

By Laurie Thompson

Seventy years ago at College of Marin as reported in the Sausalito News, 18 July 1946:

An estimated 5,000 Bay Area and Northern California people arrived at Marin Junior College during Sunday afternoon to witness or...



Bon Air Hotel, 1907, as published in the Northwestern Pacific Railroad's "Vacation" Guide

Two-Day Independence Day Celebration at the Hotel Bon Air, Larkspur

Turn-of-the-century Larkspur was home to the Hotel Bon Air, a resort along the Corte Madera Creek and site of today's Marin General Hospital. The 1907 Vacation guide published by the Northwestern...

Tomales Church: A Symphony of Stone
Ballet Aquacade once a Popular Marin Tradition


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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