San Rafael History Walks
Join a walking tour with the Marin History Museum
and discover the history of San Rafael's colorful downtown area.
Third Saturday of the month, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16 and September 20
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Stories at the top of San Rafael Hill
with local author Barry Spitz
Saturday, July 12, 2008, 9–10:30 amLocation:
Meet at the Boyd Gate House.
$5; free to members
Riding the Rails
Marin's Historic Trains
November 9, 2007 – January 10, 2009 - Extended!
Opening reception: Friday, November 9, 5–7 pm
Hours & Directions
Marking 100 years since the historic consolidation of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad (NWP) in 1907, Riding the Rails presents the fascinating story of trains in Marin County and celebrates the railroad boom from the first tracks laid by pioneer railroad companies in the 1870s through the bustling days of the NWP passenger and freight service ending in the 1970s. >> more
Presented in collaboration with the Northwestern Pacific Railroad Historical Society.
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Riding the Rails Programs
> click here for a list of past programs
Other events for train enthusiasts of all ages to be announced.
Parking is available to Museum visitors on weekdays after 5pm and weekends all day at Westamerica Bank and Circle Bank, 5th Avenue and B Street.
Riding the Rails gifts available – click on link below:
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School train cartoon from Tamalpais High School yearbook, 1924. (MHM Collection)
Passengers in gravity car, 1905.
Mt. Tamalpais and Muir Woods Scenic Railway time card, n.d.
Sausalito ferry terminal and North Pacific Coast Railroad yards, c. 1892. (NWPRRHS Archives)
NWP narrow gauge No. 90 at Point Reyes on last day of operation, c. 1930s. (MHM Collection)