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Vignette > Cool Hostage

In July 1979, following an armed robbery in San Rafael and a police chase, a fleeing suspect abandoned his car and ran to a house next door to the Homestead Valley Fire Station. Armed with a gun, he kicked in the door, forced Orville Erringer to leave and held his wife Letty hostage. 40 police…

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Vignette > Admission Day

On June 14, 1846, Americans seized the administrative capital at Sonoma, and the Bear Flag Republic was born.  On September 9, 1850, California was admitted into the union as the thirty-first state.  Admission Day, September 9, became a legal holiday in California in 1889. Five years later, in 1894, Labor Day, the first Monday in…

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Vignette > Time Capsule

The big rock in front of the Mill Valley City Hall has a brass plaque that reads, “In memory of those who gave their lives in defense of their country—dedicated by the citizens of Mill Valley—1953.”  In a hole in the rock behind the plaque is a time capsule to be opened in several hundred…

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Vignette > Rhubarb Review

The Community Center at 203 Marin Ave. in Tam Valley is an excellent venue for meetings, lectures, parties, concerts, etc. It is also now home to the famous “Rhubarb Review”, Northern California’s longest running variety show. The first performance took place in 1954 in another venue. The show often uses the talents of as many…

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Vignette > Two Playgrounds

Freeman ParkPathway 275 that connects Ryan Ave. with Nelson Ave. is the only access to a unique playground surrounded by houses. In the 1940s, developer George Goheen gave the ¾-acre site to the city. In 1947, the city decided to proceed with its development including cleaning, grading, construction of bituminous paths, etc. Funding came from…

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Vignette > Decoration Day

Mill Valley’s Memorial Day parade is a lot of fun, but today it barely honors war veterans. In 1868, General John A Logan, commander in chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, designated May 30 as a day for decorating with flowers the graves of men who had fallen in the Civil War.  The…

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