Growing up on the West Peak of Mt. Tamalpais: Interview with Lisa and Madelyn Byrne

MTAFS Six Sisters
Thank you very much to the very talented and generous photographer and filmmaker Gary Yost for sharing his short film interview of two of the six Byrne sisters who lived at the Air Force Station on Mt. Tamalpais’s East Peak from 1957 to 1959. These daughters of the station commander, Commander Byrne, allow a glimpse into this slice of Cold War history, and the inclusion of their 16mm home movies brings to life the sometimes surreal irony of childhood in the shadow of the radome overlooking the entire Bay Area. The wonderful photo here beautifully illustrates this in the form of six darling girls in their Easter dresses and bonnets, hands in prayer, with the radome in the background. Please enjoy the video HERE and feel free to share! 

Guideboat Company Ribbon Cutting in Mill Valley

2013 Guideboat Co ribbon cut 1 Stepten Gordon Andrew Berman Daniel Escalzo

L-R: Stephen Gordon – owner of Guideboats, Andrew Berman – MV Mayor and Daniel Escalzo – Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce

The Mill Valley Lumberyard served Mill Valley for well over 100 years as a Lumber and Hardware store. (They first opened in 1892) It was the gateway to Mill Valley, as generations of visitors arrived by train.  Eventually, Miller Avenue laid pavement over the tracks, (early 1940’s) and it then served as the gateway to downtown for auto traffic.

2013 Guideboat Co ribbon cut 2 Mayor Berman Matt Jan Mathews Daniel Escalzo

L-R: Andrew Berman Mayor, Matt Mathews – Co owner of Lumberyard (property), Jan Mathewes – Co Owner of Lumberyard and Daniel Escalzo – MV Chamber

The Lumberyard went out of business in 2011 and was sold to Mill Valley residents, Matt and Jan Mathews.  Their vision to keep this historic relic alive is beginning to take shape.  The first step was to hold off bulldozers who could have come in, mow it down, and build something afresh.  The next step is now taking place, attracting tenants who will bring new and innovative ideas to the community.

The grand opening of the first tenant took place on September 17th.  Stephen Gordon is the proprietor of Guideboats Co, a company that sells boating attire, equipment, and canoe-type boats.  Their showroom and retail store are now in what used to be sawmill rooms and the hardware store.

Their long term plan is to bring an eclectic mix of businesses that can continue to energize this location and add a charm to the entrance of downtown Mill Valley.  It’s possible that part of the old lumberyard may one day house restaurants or smaller type cafeterias.

The 2012 Mill Valley Historical Society Walk Into History

Did you miss this cool video made by Ken and Samantha Wachtel and Clifford Waldeck promoting the 2012 Walk into History this past May?  Great job, kids!