Mill Valley in Marin County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
John Reed's Saw Mill
State Registered Landmark No. 207
Marker placed by California Centennials Commission in cooperation with Marin County Historical Society.
Dedicated April 17, 1950.
Erected 1950 by California Centennials Commission, Marin County Historical Society. (Marker Number 207.)
Location. 37° 54.226′ N, 122° 31.147′ W. Marker is in Mill Valley, California, in Marin County. Marker is at the intersection of East Blithedale Avenue and Tower Drive, on the right when traveling west on East Blithedale Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mill Valley CA 94941, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Grist Mill Stones (approx. 1½ miles away); Outdoor Art Club (approx. 1½ miles away); Mill Valley Railroad Depot (approx. 1.6 miles away); Reed's Mill Green Brae Brick Kiln (approx. 2.9 miles away); Fall in Muir Woods (approx. 3 miles away); Preserving the Forest Primeval (approx. 3 miles away); Greenbrae Brickyard Superintendent's Cottage (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mill Valley.
Also see . . . History of Early Mill Valley - Mill Valley Historical Society. "...In 1834, Reed became a citizen of Mexico, in the year of the secularization of the missions. Frustrated in his attempt to acquire the Sausalito peninsula he was nevertheless assigned the first Mexican land grant north of the bay. The wilderness of modern Tiburon, Belvedere, Corinthian Island and parts of Corte Madera and Mill Valley became the 'Rancho Corte Madera del Presidio' literally where wood is cut for the Presidio. To process the wood Reed built the first saw mill in Marin County in the future 'Cascade Canyon' (the 'Old Mill' of Mill Valley). To equip his mill he had to trade the resources from his land, 300 elk skins, 20 bear skins and 200 cattle hides with the Russians at Fort Ross for a circular saw, a grist mill (probably the origin (Submitted on December 28, 2015.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 28, 2015, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 257 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 28, 2015, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.