Welcome to the Mill Valley Historical Society
This website serves to keep our members and visitors informed about the many activities as well as the extensive historical archives pertaining to and related to the history of Mill Valley, California. If you are not already a member of the Mill Valley Historical Society, whether you live in the area or not we warmly encourage you to go to the BECOME A MEMBER page and see what a yearly bargain it is to join.
We invite all those with an affection for Mill Valley to join and learn about the charming history of this little historic town at the base of Mount Tamalpais. Check the CALENDAR for past and upcoming events and programs. See the news posts below for the latest historical news about Mill Valley and Southern Marin. You can search the posts by the keywords that are listed on the sidebar. And please consider making a DONATION in support of our mission. We hope you enjoy your stay at www.mvhistory.org.
“Locust District – Then and Now”
Planes, Trains and Indians
The 2014 Mill Valley historical society will be hosting the annual Walk Into History on Sunday, May 25th, 2014.
As is tradition, the walk will take place in 15-minute intervals from 9:30 am until 3:00 pm. The walk will “begin” at the Outdoor Art Club. Begin is the operating word, because the walk will actually take place a mile away in the Locust District.
Sign ups will take place at the Outdoor art club and the walkers will immediately board a shuttle bus. The shuttle bus will carry the walkers to the Marin Theater, across the street from the 2 a.m. club and Joes Taco lounge. Here is where the walk BEGINS.
There will be many businesses and homes covered in the walk, as well as stories and anecdotes about the development of the surrounding neighborhood.
Two highlights of the walk will be the stops that point out the birthplace of “Chief Marin”, as well as the one time location of the first European adobe home of Mill Valley. (The home of the John Reed family – same John Reed who built the MILL of Mill Valley) The third highlight of the walk will be a colorful story and pointing out of the location where an early bi-plane (1911) “crash landed” in the barren Locust district. Look soon for the walk poster, which will highlight these three mentioned elements of the walk.
On February 5, Betsy Stroman spoke to the Mill Valley Historical Society at the opening First Wednesday presentation of the 2014 season. A crowd of 70 guests listened to Betsy’s talk, which included 35 historic slides and anecdotes of the Sausalito artists of post-war Sausalito. Betsy focused on the Sausalito Six and other well-known artists of the time. [click photos to enlarge]
Retiring MVHS President Tim Amyx challenged the attendees of the 2013 annual dinner with this short Mill Valley History quiz. Take it now and see how you do!
The MVHS Dinner Game Quiz – 2013
New 2013 MVHS Board
One hundred and thirty three members and guests enjoyed a pleasant social time, partook of excellent food, elected new directors and officers, took a Mill Valley history quiz, and listened to Dick Spotswood’s presentation, “Trains in and around Mill Valley.”
President Tim Amyx honored three departing board directors: Vivian Broadway-Firmage, Donna Carrillo, and Peter Richmond.
Four new board directors were elected: Monica Miller, Bill Stock, Jill Benton-Tardy and Pam Keon. See the Fall Newsletter for their bios.
Officers were also elected:
- President - Stella Perone
- Vice President - Betty Goerke
- Secretary - Cullyn Vaeth Russell
- Treasurer - Bob McCully
To honor his four years service as president, Tim Amyx was presented with a Tom Killion print of the Dipsea Trail (Tim has run it every year since 1989).
The fun part came when Tim Amyx produced a quiz: fourteen multiple choice questions about the history of Mill Valley. Lots of laughs and some surprises when Tim showed the answers.
Dick Spotswood covered the history of the two railroads that terminated at the downtown depot:
- the train to Sausalito (1889 — 1940)
- the train to Mt. Tam and Muir Woods (1896 — 1930)
An enjoyable evening.