Saturday, Jun. 15, 2019

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Tiburon Peninsula, mid-20th Century

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 for these...

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Dewey Livingston at the Map & Special Collections Annex.

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 wonder as they...

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

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 moved to Sausalito.  He was...

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

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...

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

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 history room is named in honor of...

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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.

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 natural resources...

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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...

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

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 fair weather). The ranch sat on top of the San...

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View of Richardson Bay from Sausalito

In the 1890s the economic value of canals was universally recognized.  The Suez Canal had been opened a few years earlier and its impact on the wealth of Europeans was well documented.  The French were building a canal across Panama and...

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500 Shares of Stock for the Tam O'Shanter Inn to Geo. E. Billings, April 27, 1927

Once upon a time, there was an Inn at the top of the Corte Madera grade.  It was a way-stop for those travelling between Marin and San Francisco in the days when the County Road ran along Corte Madera Avenue and Camino Alto to Mill Valley and...

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We invite you to join us on Monday, April 22 at 6:30 pm, when historian and Sausalito resident Mike Moyle will explore the history of the Waldo Grade  at our Map & Special Collections Annex at 1600 Los Gamos, Suite 182, in San Rafael.

The...

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Sculptor Howard Lazar working on bust of Peter Donahue

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 Pacific Railroad (SF&NP).  The first train left Tiburon on May 1, 1884, after meeting the...

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View of San Rafael in the mid 1880s.

“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...

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George Burge as he appeared in his 80s.

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 him...

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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 Cushing family whose members...

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North Pacific Coast Railroad in Cazadero

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) in Marin and Sonoma Counties.  He...

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

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 eastern shore of Tomales Bay.   When...

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Detail front cover of Shipwrecks of Marin by Brian K. Crawford

Please join us on Monday February 25th at our Map & Special Collections Annex for a special talk and book-signing by Marin County author & historian Brian K. Crawford. The talk begins at 6:30 pm and the address is: 1600 Los Gamos, Suite...

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Harris S. Allen, circa 1900

Long before automobiles provided easy access to Mt. Tamalpais, complex foot trails carried visitors into the mountain’s boundless spaces. Two segments of one of those trails still survive today, tucked into the mountain’s northern...

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China Camp, Marin County, 1887

Immigration has always been intimately linked with American history.  Through the years, an American society has emerged shaped in large part by the multitude of cultures brought here by millions of immigrants.

 In the 17th, 18th and...

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