Thursday, Apr. 18, 2019

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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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The North Pacific Coast Railroad, being narrow gauge and usually hurting for money, had its share of mishaps and disasters. Derailments, washouts, breakdowns, collisions, all were par for the course for an active railroad. One incident stands out...

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1901 Buffalo Runabout; tiller-driven. Though the vehicle depicted here is electric -and manufactured by a different automobile company- it would be similar to the runabout produced by the California Automobile Co. in 1901.

Land transportation in the 19th century was limited to railroads, the horse, with or without a carriage, and walking.  As the 20th century dawned the “horseless carriage”, a new transportation mode, was emerging. ...

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Remembering William Sagar

By Brian Sagar · December 28, 2018

William 'Bill' Sagar, aged 96, became a part of Fairfax history the moment he picked up a pen to begin recording it.  His dedication to preserving the town history will keep us busy for years, sorting through papers and trying to even begin...

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Lime Point, 2018

Many in Marin are not aware of the name Lime Point, a significant feature of the Marin headlands made less conspicuous today by the presence of the Golden Gate Bridge.  The Point is that bit of land framing the north side of the passage...

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Doughboy Monument at Marin Civic Center, Avenue of the Flags

Exactly one hundred years ago, on November 11, 1918, Germany signed an armistice agreement, to stop what was hoped to be the "war to end all wars." Fighting would formally cease at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. All...

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Albert Sutro's passenger steam train

We hope you will join us on Monday evening, November 19th at 6:30, for "Steam Trains, Shipwrecks and Cemeteries: The Story of Lands End," a talk by historian and author John A. Martini.

Martini will show us rare historic photographs documenting...

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Swedish immigrants playing baseball in Mill Valley on the Fourth of July, 1905

Please Note: A previous version of this article was initially published.

Baseball is nearly as old as America.  A version of the game was played in the early 1800s. Not only has baseball grown up with the Country, in many ways, it mimics...

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