Thursday, April 14, 2011

Saturday, May 14th Bus Trip - A Tale of Two Cities: Larkspur and Corte Madera

LARKSPUR AND CORTE MADERA BUS TRIP: A TALE OF TWO CITIES IN CENTRAL MARIN COUNTY

Saturday, May 14th, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
$95 Members, $115 Non-Members. (Price includes transportation from CHS, guide, and admissions; lunch is not included). Tour led by Gary Holloway.


The native Miwok people lived along the gentle shores of Corte Madera Bay, in small villages. The Spanish divided the area into large ranchos of several thousand acres each, and began timber cutting and harvesting operations. Rancho Corte Madera was created to provide cut lumber for the mission and presidio of San Francisco. Corte Madera is Spanish for “cut wood.” Larkspur was established by a developer in the late 1800s, and mistakenly named by his wife who mistook the abundant lupine for larkspur. The town still retains much of its century-old heritage architecturally, and we’ll walk the downtown streets, and break for lunch here, at one of the many fine cafes and restaurants. Our walk will include the famous setting of some thirty years ago for the classic saying: “I want it all now,” as well as the site of famous dance and orchestra destination of the 1930s and 1940s, the Rose Bowl. On our Corte Madera portion, we will do some limited walking, and then drive around to see the two shopping centers which dominate the town’s landscape, as well as some diverse residential neighborhoods, many built of landfill over the decades. There are some minor uphill portions in Larkspur, but no stairs.

Space is limited, please RSVP to Kathy Jacobson at kjacobson@calhist.org or  415-357-1848 x 229

California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
San Francsico, CA
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