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Half Moon Bay in San Mateo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Miramar Beach Restaurant

 
 
Miramar Beach Restaurant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 26, 2016
1. Miramar Beach Restaurant Marker
Inscription. The Miramar Restaurant opened during Prohibition as the Ocean Beach Hotel, one of many local "speakeasies". Small "Rumrunners", laden with booze from large Canadian ships, prized our covert coves. While the Miramar served its thirsty patrons, automobiles sped the remaining booze to San Francisco. From 1918 to 1955, redheaded Madam Maymie Cowley, aka "The Boss" ruled. When prying "G-men" called, "The Boss" hid the good stuff behind revolving kitchen cabinets and in other secret compartments. Equal agility protected Madam Cowley's prostitution and gambling from local officials. Today, the Miramar Beach Restaurant is one of the few Half Moon Bay coast establishments to remember that golden era.
 
Erected 2013 by E Clampus Vitus, Yerba Buena Chapter No. 1.
 
Location. 37° 29.747′ N, 122° 27.75′ W. Marker is in Half Moon Bay, California, in San Mateo County. Marker is at the intersection of Mirada Road and Magellan Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Mirada Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 131 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay CA 94019, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Granada's Burnham Plan (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ocean Shore R.R. and Granada
Miramar Beach Restaurant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 26, 2016
2. Miramar Beach Restaurant Marker
(approx. 0.6 miles away); Hotel El Granada (approx. 0.7 miles away); In Memorial to the Commercial Fisherman Lost at Sea (approx. 1.2 miles away); First Concrete Bridge Erected in San Mateo Co (approx. 2.8 miles away); Zaballa House (approx. 2.8 miles away); "The Determination of One Man" (approx. 2.8 miles away); Joseph Debenedetti Building (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Half Moon Bay.
 
Additional keywords. Prohibition
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Ocean Beach Hotel in its heyday image. Click for full size.
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3. Ocean Beach Hotel in its heyday
Madam Maymie Cowley image. Click for full size.
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4. Madam Maymie Cowley
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 27, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 168 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 27, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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