Cycling 1890s Marin: Riding Marin’s Back Roads 120 Years Ago

Marin Museum of Bicycling presents:

Cycling 1890s Marin: Riding Marin’s back roads 120 years ago.

An illustrated history by Joe Breeze

Wednesday, May 24th 7PM to 8:30PM. Doors open at 6:15

(Fairfax, CA)  For Immediate Release

Marin County cyclist, framebuilder and designer Joe Breeze, Curator of the Marin Museum of Bicycling, will host the museum’s next Speaker Series event, “Cycling 1890s Marin.” The illustrated presentation will take place at 7 PM on May 24, 2017 at the museum in Fairfax.

The talk will feature images from a recently discovered 19th century photo album. The album, produced by the Bay City Wheelmen, San Francisco’s largest cycling club, documents the club’s rides from 1894 to 1904. The album’s 150 pages are full of photos of Bay Area bike rides 120 years ago. Almost a hundred photos depict rides in Marin, a favorite destination.

Breeze has researched the club’s rides to Marin destinations of yore, including Blithedale Hotel in Mill Valley, McNear’s Beach, Camp Taylor on Papermill Creek, Tocaloma and Nicasio Hotels in western Marin, Larkin’s Lodge and Dillon’s Beach.

Breeze, who has been riding the same routes himself for 50 years, has matched images from the album with photos from today. A lifelong student of Marin County history, Breeze brings extensive knowledge of the roads and landscapes of the period.

Please join us for this fascinating illustrated history. A Q&A session will follow. Snacks and refreshments will be available.

Tickets are $10 per adult ($5 for students and Marin Museum of Bicycling members). Tickets can be purchased in advance at the museum, online, or at the door the evening of the event. Advance purchase is recommended. All proceeds benefit the Marin Museum of Bicycling.

Wednesday, May 24, 7 to 8:30 PM. Doors open at 6:15 PM.

Marin Museum of Bicycling

1966 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Fairfax, CA 94930

Phone (415) 450-8000.

The Marin Museum of Bicycling is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) educational non-profit organization. The museum is a comprehensive bicycle museum and cultural center. Open since 2015, the museum is also home to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. For regular hours, admission fees and membership information, please see the museum’s web site:

MVHS First Wednesday Talk – The Crookedest Railroad in the World

From 1896 to 1930, Mill Valley was home to the “Crookedest Railroad in the World” when the Mt Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railway carried passengers from downtown Mill Valley to Mt Tam’s picturesque east peak and into verdant Muir Woods.

Join us for an invigorating ride through Mill Valley’s unique past as author, historian, archivist, and scenic railroad enthusiast, Fred Runner, talks about the railroad and Howard Folker’s carefully hand crafted “1915” model of the Tamalpais (Shay) engine, now on display in the Mill Valley Library’s Lucretia Little History Room.

Howard Folker was a standout among dozens of employees. Smart, technically gifted and hardworking, Folker became the railroad’s youngest engineer. Over several years he built a 4-foot long, 80-pound 1/10th scale model of the engines that chugged up Mt. Tamalpais every day. 

Joining Fred are musical guests “Dore Coller and his Millbillies” to perform Dore’s new “hit” song, “The Old Railroad Grade”.

MVHS First Wednesday Event – Mill Valley Beat Poets and Authors

 “Mill Valley Beat Poets and Authors”

Locke McCorle and Al Young
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017
7 PM,  Mill Valley Library
Click here to register

In 1955, Locke McCorkle rented a piece of property for $25 dollars a month on a quiet street named Montford, in a sleepy suburban enclave called Mill Valley.  The property was primitive with two small, rustic houses that would become the nexus of gathering for Locke and his friends, Gary Snyder, Alan Watts, Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley and Philip Whalen.  This vanguard group of counter-culture thinkers pushed the social envelope of the day.  Kerouac actually used that envelope as scratch paper to write a book about friendship and Buddhism and hiking and he called that book, The Dharma Bums

Join longtime friends, author Locke McCorkle and poet Al Young, as they savor and explore this magical time in Mill Valley’s history when the Beat movement caught fire under redwood and eucalyptus trees in a mountain town just a stone’s throw from a busy urban area perched on the precipice of change. 

Locke McCorkle
Locke grew up in Eureka, California. After studying English and French at Humboldt State University, he moved to the Bay Area to attend UC Berkeley, but quickly changed course after hearing Alan Watts’ lectures on eastern spirituality.  This led Locke to the California Institute of Asian Studies where he studied Zen with Alan Watts, Sanskrit with Frederic Spiegelberg and Indian Philosophy with Haridas Chaudhuri.  Locke loved the new dimension these studies added to the culture he’d inherited.  During his time at the Institute he befriended the poet Gary Snyder, with whom he moved to Mill Valley in the late 1950s.  Through Snyder, Locke became acquainted with many of the Beats, including Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady and Allen Ginsberg.  Locke himself served as a model for one of the major characters in Jack Kerouac’s 1958 novel, The Dharma Bums.  Locke now lives in Palo Alto with his wife, writer Carole Simone, and their beloved, bearded collie, Rumi, but still counts Mill Valley as his favorite place to live.

Al Young
Born in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, the eldest of seven, Al Young is the author 25 books (poetry, fiction, essays and a memoir).  Published in Paris Review, Essence, The NY Times, and Ploughshares, Al served California as Poet Laureate 2005-2008.  

His honors include Wallace Stegner, Guggenheim, Fulbright, and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, as well as two Pushcart Prizes, two American Book Awards, the Richard Wright Award for Excellence in Literature, and the 2011 Thomas Wolfe Award.  He has written screenplays for Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor.  He has taught poetry, fiction writing and American literature at U.C. Berkeley, U.C. Santa Cruz, U.C. Davis, and many other distinguished universities across the country.  Al’s work is included in The Best American Poetry 2016.  He presently lives in Berkeley, California.