Vignette > Homestead Boulevard

On Tamalpais Land & Water Co. maps of Almonte (1902) and Homestead Valley (1903), Homestead Blvd. is shown connecting the County Road in Almonte with Throckmorton Ridge. Dairies as far away as Muir Woods had used and continued to use the old ranch road to deliver milk to the Manzanita railroad depot for shipment to…

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Vignette > Mill Valley Trails

In 1910, A.D. Avery, civil engineer with the Tamalpais Land Water Co., issued map No. 9 depicting all properties, streets and lanes in what are now the city of Mill Valley, Almonte and Homestead Valley. With a few exceptions, the streets were laid out so as not to be too steep for horse drawn vehicles.…

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Vignette > Marine World

On February 7, 1962, the Mill Valley city council held a hearing to consider a “Marine World” use permit for construction on 18 acres of city owned property.  The developers had considered several Bay Area sites, but Mill Valley marshland property was their first choice. The proposed Marine World recreational complex would be on the…

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Vignette > Wobbly Rock Restaurant

In July 1965, Bob and Jean Greensfelder supported by eight other investors purchased and remodeled the old Muir Beach Restaurant and named it “Wobbly Rock Restaurant” after a poem by Beat generation poet Lew Welch.   Sandy Stewart of Muir Beach was the chef.  He served one dinner on Friday and one on Saturday, both at…

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Vignette > Marvelous Marin

In January 1926, Mill Valley residents played a predominate role in the formation of a countywide development organization named Marvelous Marin.  On its executive committee from Mill Valley were Mayor O. C. Cappelmann, Walter H. Robinson, Charles A. Squire and Frank Sturken, the latter acting as secretary of the organization and the other three as…

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Vignettes > Bridges

In 1956, two Marin County bridges were completed almost simultaneously. On August 31, 1956, Mill Valley’s city fathers attended the celebration of the opening of the $68 million Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. The 5.5-mile long double deck bridge had 3 lanes on the upper westbound deck and 3 lanes on the lower eastbound deck. On September…

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