2014 Mill Valley History Walk: “Locust District – Then and Now”

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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.
Chief Marin Sign
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.

MVHS Website Updates

MVHS Store Debuts & 2013 History Walk Guidebook Downloadable

Reviews for salePlease check out our brand new online MVHS Store where you can buy current and past copies of our annual publication “Review” and copies of the excellent book “Mill Valley – The Early Years” by Barry Spitz. Soon you will be able to buy online copies of our History Walk DVDs. Check back soon.


The guidebook for the 2013 History Walk, Cascade Canyon Pioneer Families, is now available to read or download from our Guidebook page.


Large Turnout for History Walk

2013 MVHS History Walk.212013-05-26 at 12.07.34Over 300 participants. Many more than average for past 35 annual history walks.

Perfect weather. Effective publicity. New website received many inquiries. Widespread interest in Cascade Canyon and its pioneer families.

Accolades are due all who worked diligently to make a success of the event.Considerable feedback praising the guides.   [click photos to enlarge]

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2013 History Walk Details Released

BurlwoodThis year marks the 36th History Walk sponsored by the Mill Valley Historical Society and it will take place on Sunday, May 26. Guided tours leave from the Outdoor Art Club every fifteen minutes between 9:30 am and 3:00 pm. No reservations required.  Just show up anytime.
The theme is the History of Cascade Canyon Pioneer Families. A bus will take us from the Outdoor Art Club to Burlwood, the estate of  Joseph Eastland, founder of the town of Mill Valley. We will tour the grounds of the 22-room mansion, the main building on the original seven-acre estate. We will then walk less than a mile on several streets in Cascade Canyon, stopping at century old mansions of  pioneer families. The walk ends where it began, at Burlwood.  A bus will return us to the Outdoor Art Club.

Check our CALENDAR for the complete details.