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Mill Valley in Marin County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Old Mill Market Hikers' Trail Map

 
 
Old Mill Market Hikers' Trail Map Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 21, 2020
1. Old Mill Market Hikers' Trail Map Marker
Inscription.  This historic trail map was originally painted in 1949 on the side of a grocery store that once stood across the street from Old Mill Park at the corner of Throckmorton Avenue and Old Mill Street.

The grocery store, which changed names several times over the years, is long gone. Yet the story of the map's creation and the map itself remain, thanks to the efforts of the many members of the Mill Valley Historical Society. Mill Valley had been a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts since well before 1900. The local population would swell on weekends as visitors from all over the San Francisco Bay Area arrived by train at the Depot downtown. Although some continued up Mt. Tamalpais on the train that ran until 1929, many of these visitors immediately set out by foot to experience the hiking trails winding up the mountain.

It's said that Norman D. Clark, proprietor of Clark's Grocery, got tired of answering questions and drawing crude directions for the many hikers who used Throckmorton Avenue to approach the mountain. So he hired Walter Finn, custodian of Muir Woods National Monument, and Melville Whittaker, chief ranger of

Old Mill Market Hikers' Trail Map Marker image. Click for full size.
By Diane Phillips
2. Old Mill Market Hikers' Trail Map Marker
Close up of new addition.
Mt. Tamalpais State Park, to help design an oversize map of the hiking trails on Mt. Tamalpais.

The map was visible on the west side of Clark's Grocery until it was covered by shingles in the late 1950s.

While the building was being prepared for demolition in 2004, the map was uncovered and salvaged, piece-by-piece, by members of the Mill Valley Historical Society. After being carefully stored for over 14 years, the map was painstakingly re-assembled. The map is a historical representation of local hiking trails and is no longer an accurate reflection of the locations of many of these trails. Please consult a current map of local trails for accurate information.

 
Erected 2019 by Mill Valley Historical Society, City of Mill Valley.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational AreasRoads & Vehicles.
 
Location. 37° 54.322′ N, 122° 32.872′ W. Marker is in Mill Valley, California, in Marin County. Marker is at the intersection of Miller Avenue and Sunnyside Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Miller Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 34 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley CA 94941, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mill Valley Railroad Depot (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Outdoor Art Club

Old Mill Market Hikers' Trail Map and Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 21, 2020
3. Old Mill Market Hikers' Trail Map and Marker - wide view
(about 600 feet away); Grist Mill Stones (about 700 feet away); Reed's Mill (approx. 0.3 miles away); John Reed's Saw Mill (approx. 1.6 miles away); United Nations Conference on International Organization (approx. 1.6 miles away); Fall in Muir Woods (approx. 1.6 miles away); Preserving the Forest Primeval (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mill Valley.
 
More about this marker. The marker is attached to the side of the building at 34 Miller Avenue.
 
Old Mill Market Hikers' Trail Map and Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 21, 2020
4. Old Mill Market Hikers' Trail Map and Marker - wide view
Old Mill Market Hikers' Trail Map Marker image. Click for full size.
By Diane Phillips
5. Old Mill Market Hikers' Trail Map Marker
Updated photo of the wall.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 23, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 62 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 23, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   2. submitted on November 18, 2020, by Diane Phillips of Pittsburg, California.   3, 4. submitted on July 23, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   5. submitted on November 18, 2020, by Diane Phillips of Pittsburg, California.
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