Ten Minute List

November 13, 2007 at 12:52 am | Posted in marin | Leave a comment
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So, I went to a “Get Ready Marin” class on Saturday.  Two hours of clear info that we all need to know BEFORE the next earthquake, fire, flood, etc.  The class is well worth your timeYou can get a good idea at the website.

2007_getready.gifSeveral big ideas came out of the class. Here’s one for you to think about: you have TEN MINUTES to leave your house.

What do you take?  Now’s the time to think about what really matters to you. Not when someone tells you that you have only ten minutes to get out.

My list so far – assuming that family and pets are a given – includes hard drives with digital pics, important documents to prove who I am, emergency bag…looks like I have more work to do .

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Marin County fire history

October 25, 2007 at 12:12 am | Posted in history, marin | Leave a comment

From the County of Marin Fire Department History

The largest fire was in September 1923, which burned 40,000 acres from Lucas Valley to Bolinas. This same fire burned 35 homes in Woodacre Later that same year, the Tavern complex on the Summit of Mount Tamalpais burned to the ground. The second largest fire occurred in 1936 and burned 4,000 acres. The third largest in October 1917 on the ridge west of Inverness burned 2,000 acres. The fourth largest and the most disastrous from a monetary standpoint was the July 1929 Mill Valley fire. It burned 1,000 acres and destroyed 110 homes in Mill Valley. Damage was more than one million dollars.

Picture of the July 1929 Mill Valley fire.

Extra Credit: Marin History Scavenger Hunt #1

October 8, 2007 at 10:34 pm | Posted in Bay Area, history, history hunt, marin, mystery | Leave a comment

Buon Gusto

Take a look at this picture.

To earn 10 points extra credit you must email correct answers to all questions to rod@rodmilstead.com

1) Where is this object located?

2) Tell me how this fits into Marin history – what was Buon Gusto?

3) What replaced Buon Gusto?

4) Where did you find your information?

First person to answer all questions correctly gets the extra credit.

The Marin that could have been

September 3, 2007 at 1:11 pm | Posted in Bay Area, history, marin | Leave a comment
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Dick Spotswood’s 9/2/07 column discussed some near-misses in Marin that would have radically changed our home.  Like a bridge from Tiburon to SF via Angel Island.

Read the column here.

Visit my Google maps tour of these choice locations.

Lefty Gomez/White Hill Mystery

February 19, 2007 at 12:31 am | Posted in history, marin, mystery | Leave a comment

Lefty Gomez/White Hill Mystery

Originally uploaded by yourdailylink.

My son and I were playing at White Hill’s Lefty Gomez Field today and noticed the plaque describing Gomez’s accomplishments. You can learn more about this Bay Area native’s career here.

My question: who is Goofy and why is his name inscribed in cement at the bottom of this dedication? The cement may or may not part of the original marker.

Can any White Hill grads solve the mystery?


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