Posts by mvhistor

Vignette > Downtown Restaurant Failures

La Ginestra dates back to 1964, but several downtown Mill Valley restaurants closed after less than three years in business. Drake’s Harbor Fish & Chips 1973-1974. Never caught on. Luisa’s Palate Italian Restaurant 1974-1975. Replaced the successful “The Palate”. Luisa’s replacement, La Veranda Ristorante Italiano, was a success until 1984 when the building was destroyed…

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1918 Flood

Big News. The armistice was signed on November 11, 1918. A week later there was more Big News. The Mill Valley Record reported: “Highest Tide in Years.  Richardson Bay made a mighty effort to reach its original confines. A high tide, a heavy downpour of rain and a wind blowing in from the bay carried…

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Vignette > Vallecita Hall

From 1910 to 1932, a building on what is now named Linden Lane was the center of Homestead Valley’s community activities: meetings of several organizations, political debates, movies, dances, scout meetings, etc.  In 1908, the Vallecita Ladies Outdoor Improvement Club had acquired a lot for a community center.  The Club held dances at Homestead School…

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Vignette > Alto Death Trap

In 1907, Alto made the news. Close to the railway stop the County Road to San Rafael passed through a narrow tunnel below the railway tracks. The Mill Valley Record reported, “The tunnel is a veritable death trap and an actual wonder that only one person has been killed there.  Why the railroad company should…

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Vignette > Redwood’s Age

Startling news headline on June 3, 2015, “Oldest Muir Woods redwood is only half its estimated age. At 777 years old, Tree #76 is just a babe in the woods.”  Scientists’ best guesses had the trees in the 1200- to 1500-year-old-range. Allyson Carroll, a Humboldt State University tree-ring specialist found that the 249-foot-tall beauty is…

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Vignette > Almonte

Almonte is an unincorporated community of about 650 residences mostly located on the hill between Tam High and Tam Valley. The 1902 Tamalpais Land & Water Co. Map No. 6, “Lands Adjacent to Homestead Valley”, identifies 33 multi-acre blocks of land. Those in the Reed Creek watershed are now in Homestead Valley.  The others are…

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