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Near Novato in Marin County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Galen and Mary Burdell

 
 
Galen and Mary Burdell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 17, 2008
1. Galen and Mary Burdell Marker
Inscription. In 1852, Camilo Ynitia sold most of the Olompali land grant for $5,200 to James Black, Marin County’s Assessor. Eleven years later, Black gave the property to his daughter, Mary, when she married prominent San Francisco dentist Galem Burdell. By 1866, having amassed a small fortune from his dental practice and sales of a tooth powder he invented, Dr. Burdell and his wife left San Francisco and made their permanent home on the land they called Rancho Olompia

Within a short time, the Burdells enclosed the adobe within a wood frame dwelling with clapboard siding. A second floor was added on the east, and a porch was built on the side facing the parking lot.

Walk around this structure for views of the adobe ruins inside and the remaining wood siding.
 
Location. 38° 9.153′ N, 122° 34.277′ W. Marker is near Novato, California, in Marin County. Marker can be reached from Lichenberg Fire Road. Click for map. Marker and site are located on the grounds of the Olomali State Historic Park, a short walk from the parking area. Olomali State Historic Park may only be entered from southbound State Highway 101 and is 3.5 miles north of Novato. Marker is in this post office area: Novato CA 94948, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this
Galen and Mary Burdell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 17, 2008
2. Galen and Mary Burdell Marker
marker, measured as the crow flies. Burdell Mansion (here, next to this marker); Burrell Mansion (here, next to this marker); Camilo Ynitia’s Adobe (a few steps from this marker); Burdell Frame House (within shouting distance of this marker); Rancho Olompali (within shouting distance of this marker); Setting for a Colorful Past (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Novato's First Railroad Station (approx. 3.2 miles away); Old Novato City Hall (approx. 3.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Novato.
 
Regarding Galen and Mary Burdell. Also see: Burdell Mansion marker for more information
 
Also see . . .
1. Marine County: Olompali Rancho. (Submitted on October 6, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. Coastal Post: Olompali Filled with History. This article tells of the family riff between James Black and his daughter and her husband, Galem Burdell (Submitted on October 6, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
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Galen and Mary Burdell Home (After the Fire) image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 17, 2008
3. Galen and Mary Burdell Home (After the Fire)
Close Up of Photos on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 17, 2008
4. Close Up of Photos on Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,752 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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