Vignette 300 > Fred Schlingman

In the early 1900s, Mill Valley’s most prolific Mill Valley developer was J. Fred Schlingman. Most of his subdivisions were between Edgewood Ave. and Cascade Canyon. It took him only…

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Vignette 299 > Sea Level Rise

Analysis of historical events can lead to speculating about the future. Throughout the 20th century, storms caused serious flooding in the Mill Valley area on several occasions. Today, frequent flooding…

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Vignette 298 > Earthquake Refugees

In 1903, Herman Heckman, his wife and their eight children lived in a small town in Wisconsin. His brother-in-law, John Yost, who owned a lumberyard in Mill Valley, invited Herman…

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Vignette 297 > Russian Sister City

In 1987, Mill Valley mayor Alison Ruedy initiated the Russian Sister City Committee.  Initially there were about 20 members, but during the next eight years many more townspeople became active…

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Vignette 296 > Hikers Retreat

In 1913, Hikers Retreat on the corner of Throckmorton and Madrona was headquarters for the Dipsea Race. In 1916, Mr. W. H. Odlin took charge of the run down Hikers…

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Vignette 295 > Physiography

The city of Mill Valley is equidistant at eight miles from both the San Andreas and Hayward faults. It straddles several ridges and canyons on the southeast flank of Mt.…

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