2018

Vignette > Hides and Tallow

Spanish missionaries brought cattle to Marin in the early 19th century. In 1838 William Richardson acquired Rancho Sausalito. The 1847 census showed that he had 2800 head of cattle. Ranches throughout California produced hides and beef tallow to meet the global demand for both. Hides were stripped from slaughtered cattle and dried in the sun…

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Vignette > Tam High Courts

Orange Court Sometime before World War I, four orange trees were planted in the courtyard near the Clock Tower at Tam High. In 1937, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) constructed a statue with a fountain in the center of the court. The workers named the statue “Myrtle”. In 1960, the fountain was dedicated to Jean…

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Vignette > Train Crash

The worst accident in the history of the Northwestern Pacific Railway occurred a few minutes before three o’clock Thursday afternoon September 9, 1915. A collision of two trains occurred in Corte Madera on a section of single-track about 100 feet from the entrance to the Alto Tunnel. There were about 200 passengers aboard the electric…

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Vignette > Low Cost Skiing

Fifty years ago, bay area ski clubs were popular. Annual membership fees were modest. A one-day ski trip cost $10. For Marin kids, the Mogul Ski Club bus would leave Corte Madera at 5 a.m. for Alpine Meadows, a ski resort established in 1961 next to Squaw Valley, site of the 1960 Olympics. A breakfast…

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The Great White Fleet

The Great White Fleet was the popular nickname for the powerful United States Navy battle fleet that completed a journey around the globe from 16 December 1907, to 22 February 1909, by order of United States President Theodore Roosevelt. Its mission was to make friendly courtesy visits to numerous countries, while displaying America’s new naval power to the world. It…

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Vignette > Suey Kee’s

Suey Kee was born in Canton China. In the 1890s, he immigrated to Mill Valley as a laborer for the North Pacific Coast Railroad. He later ran a Chinese washhouse. In1897, he established a fruit and vegetable business. He walked up and down hills delivering produce in huge heavy baskets hung from a yoke across…

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