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

History of the Tiburon Trestle

 
 
History of the Tiburon Trestle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 11, 2020
1. History of the Tiburon Trestle Marker
Inscription.  
(Upper left photo:) The Tiburon Trestle, completed in 1883, was a 750-foot redwood structure that spanned mostly marshland before attaching to earthen berms at each end. The trestle support beams, which are in front of you, and the berm, on which Trestle Trail travels, are the only remnants of this once grand structure. The white building is the original Reed school house. The 40-feet of historic Northwestern Pacific Railroad track was reassembled by volunteers in 2017.

(Lower left photo:) In January of 1941, people scrambled up the berm where you are now to board a "Last Ride” train. Passenger rail service between San Rafael and Sausalito would be discontinued within a month. You can learn more about Tiburon's railroad history by visiting the Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum at Shoreline Park in downtown Tiburon.

(Upper right photo:) This train is similar to one that brought mobster Al Capone to Tiburon in 1934. The entire train carrying him and other convicts was rolled onto a barge at the waterfront and pushed by tug to the recently-opened federal penitentiary on Alcatraz Island.

(Middle

History of the Tiburon Trestle Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 11, 2020
2. History of the Tiburon Trestle Marker - wide view
The subject marker is the one on the left.
right photo:) This is Train #3, after completing a Ukiah to San Rafael run in 1952. It is "deadheading," meaning no passengers or cargo are on board, into Tiburon for cleaning the cars and restocking. It was one of the last steam locomotives to make this run.

(Lower right photo:) The white circle is the location of Tunnel No. 1, a 568-foot bore made in 1884 that trains traveled to and from San Rafael. Tunnel No. 1's concrete entrance still stands; it can be seen by hiking 1/2 mile north from the entrance to Belveron Mini Park at the corner of Tiburon Blvd and Jefferson Ave.

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsRailroads & Streetcars.
 
Location. 37° 53.831′ N, 122° 29.295′ W. Marker is in Tiburon, California, in Marin County. Marker is on Tiburon Boulevard, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Belvedere Tiburon CA 94920, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tiburon's Railroad History (here, next to this marker); The Trestle and Blackie's Pasture (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hilarita (approx. 1.6 miles away); John Reed's Saw Mill (approx. 1.7 miles away); Reed School (approx. 1.8 miles away); China Cabin

Marker detail: Upper left photo <i>(see marker body text for caption)</i> image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of the State of California Department of Parks and Recreation
3. Marker detail: Upper left photo (see marker body text for caption)
(approx. 2.2 miles away); Pacific Mail Steamship China (approx. 2.2 miles away); William Henry Webb (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tiburon.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located at the end/top of the south end of the berm that formerly supported the track and trestle, in the park known as "Blackie's Pasture". The marker is visible when driving north on Tiburon Boulevard, just before the boulevard makes a 270 degree turn to the west when driving away from Tiburon. However, when in Blackie's Pasture, the marker itself is not easy to see - one needs to walk to the path at the beginning of the berm (path is not marked), but from there it is about a 3 minute gentle uphill walk to the marker.
 
Marker detail: Lower left photo <i>(see marker body text for caption)</i> image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of the Martin E. Hansen Collection
4. Marker detail: Lower left photo (see marker body text for caption)
Marker detail: Upper right photo <i>(see marker body text for caption)</i> image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Archive
5. Marker detail: Upper right photo (see marker body text for caption)
Marker detail: Middle right photo <i>(see marker body text for caption)</i> image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of the Fred C. Codoni Photo Collection
6. Marker detail: Middle right photo (see marker body text for caption)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 12, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 44 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 12, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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