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Mill Valley, California
Corte Madera Ave in downtown Mill Valley
Corte Madera Ave in downtown Mill Valley
Location in Marin County and the state of California
Location in Marin County and the state of California
Coordinates: 37°54′20″N 122°32′35″W / 37.90556, -122.54306
Country United States
State California
County Marin
Government
 - Mayor Shawn Marshall[1]
 - Senate Carole Migden (D)
 - Assembly Jared Huffman (D)
 - U. S. Congress Lynn Woolsey (D)
Area
 - Total 4.8 sq mi (12.4 km²)
 - Land 4.7 sq mi (12.2 km²)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km²)
Elevation 79 ft (24 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 13,600
 - Density 2,833.3/sq mi (1,093.9/km²)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 94941-94942
Area code(s) 415
FIPS code 06-47710
GNIS feature ID 1659128
Website: http://www.cityofmillvalley.org/

Mill Valley is a city in Marin County, California, United States located about 4 miles north of San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge. It began as a Mexican land grant to an Irish settler, John Thomas Reed, who became a Mexican citizen in 1834. He built the first saw mill in California, the "Old Mill" in Mill Valley. The population was 13,600 at the 2000 census. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Marin County (pronounced muh-RIN) is a county located in the North San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... This list of countries, arranged alphabetically, gives an overview of countries of the world. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      The political units and divisions of the United States include: The 50 states... This article is about the U.S. state. ... The U.S. state of California is divided into 58 counties. ... Marin County (pronounced muh-RIN) is a county located in the North San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... California State Senate chamber The California State Senate is the upper house of the California State Legislature. ... Carole Migden represents the third district in the California State Senate. ... The California Democratic Party is the local branch of the Democratic Party in the state of California. ... The California State Assembly chamber California State Assembly Chamber in the State Capitol The California State Assembly is the lower house of the California State Legislature. ... Jared Huffman (born February 18, 1964) is the Assemblyman for Californias 6th Assembly district which includes Marin and southern Sonoma counties. ... Map This district stretches up the Pacific coast north of San Francisco Bay. ... Lynn C. Woolsey (born November 3, 1937), American politician, has been a progressive Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1993, representing the 6th District of California. ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... Elevation histogram of the surface of the Earth – approximately 71% of the Earths surface is covered with water. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... Population density per square kilometre by country, 2006 Population density map of the world in 1994. ... Timezone and TimeZone redirect here. ... PST is UTC-8, highlighted in red. ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Although DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Mr. ... A telephone numbering plan is a plan for allocating telephone number ranges to countries, regions, areas and exchanges and to non-fixed telephone networks such as mobile phone networks. ... Area code 415 was one of the original three area codes established in California in 1947. ... Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) are publicly announced standards developed by the U.S. Federal government for use by all (non-military) government agencies and by government contractors. ... GNIS (The Geographic Names Information System) contains name and locative information about almost two million physical and cultural features located throughout the United States of America and its Territories. ... Marin County (pronounced muh-RIN) is a county located in the North San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... San Francisco redirects here. ... The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening into the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. ...

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Early history

Mill Valley is located at 37°54′20″N, 122°32′35″W (37.905475, -122.543111).[2]

View of Mill Valley from Mt. Tamalpais
View of Mill Valley from Mt. Tamalpais

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.5 km² (4.8 mi²). 12.2 km² (4.7 mi²) of it is land and 0.3 km² (0.1 mi²) of it (2.28%) is water. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2592x1944, 1811 KB) Looking down on Mill Valley from Mt. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2592x1944, 1811 KB) Looking down on Mill Valley from Mt. ... The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Mill Valley is located on the western and northern shores of Richardson Bay, fed by Pickleweed Inlet and Arroyo Corte Madera del Presidio which traverse through Mill Valley. Beyond the flat coastal area, it occupies narrow wooded canyons, mostly of second-growth redwoods, on the eastern slopes of Mount Tamalpais. The outlet of Coyote Creek, which drains Tam Valley into upper Richardsons Bay. ... Arroyo Corte Madera del Presidio is an intermittent stream in southern Marin County, California, USA. A 1965 stream survey indicated presence of steelhead up to within 100 feet of the dam. ... Grand Canyon, Arizona Noravank Monastery complex and canyon in Armenia. ... Binomial name Sequoia sempervirens (D. Don) Endl. ... Mount Tamalpais (IPA: ; MWCD , known locally as Mount Tam) is a peak in Marin County, California, USA, often considered symbolic of Marin County. ...


At least 5000 years ago, the region that now encompasses the town of Mill Valley was inhabited by the Coast Miwoks. In 1579, Sir Francis Drake is reported to have anchored at Drake's Bay, just north of what is currently Mill Valley. However, he did not land for any specific purpose other than to make minor repairs on his vessels. His stay was limited to five weeks, during which he traded items with the Miwoks which have since been recovered in local excavation sites. Bodega Bay as viewed from present-day Dillon Beach, was ancient homeland of the Coastal Miwok. ... Events January 6 - The Union of Atrecht united the southern Netherlands under the Duke of Parma, governor in the name of king Philip II of Spain. ... Sir Francis Drake, c. ...


Nearly two decades later, in 1595, the Portuguese captain Sebastian Cermenho landed at Drake's Bay while piloting a treasure galleon from Manila to Mexico. He, too, came in contact with the indigenous inhabitants during his brief stop there. No further European contact was made with the Miwoks until 1775. On August 5th, 1775, Juan Manuel de Ayala sailed into San Francisco Bay. It only took one year before the Spanish had erected the Fort Presidio and the Mission Dolores, both of which still exist today. In the following years, many of the Miwoks were relocated to labor in the Mission Dolores, and later in the San Rafael mission. Unaccustomed to these living conditions, many Miwoks died working in the missions. Epidemics of consumption, syphilis, measles, and smallpox--introduced by Spanish settlers in the 1820s and 1830s--also contributed to the skyrocketing mortality rate of the local peoples. By 1840, 90 percent of the region's Miwok population had been indirectly eradicated. Marin, the name of the county in which Mill Valley now resides, was named after a Miwok "outlaw" whom the Spanish had dubbed Chief Marin, because of his abilities on the water ("marinero"). He was later converted, baptized, and buried at the San Rafael Mission. Events January 30 - William Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet is performed for the first time. ... For other meanings of the word, see Manila (disambiguation). ... Miwok (also spelled Miwuk or Me-Wuk) is the name of four linguistically related groups Native Americans, who lived in what is now Northern California. ... Year 1775 (MDCCLXXV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar). ... August 5 is the 217th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (218th in leap years), with 148 days remaining. ... Year 1775 (MDCCLXXV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar). ... Juan Manuel de Ayala (28 December 1745 – 30 December 1797) was a Spanish naval officer who played a significant role in the European exploration of California, since he and the crew of his ship the San Carlos are the first Europeans known to have entered the San Francisco Bay. ... San Francisco Bay, San Pablo Bay, and the Golden Gate San Francisco Bay is a shallow, productive estuary through which water draining approximately forty percent of California, flowing in the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers from the Sierra Nevada mountains, enters the Pacific Ocean. ... Mission Basilica San Francisco de Asís Mission Basilica San Francisco de Asís, also known as Mission Dolores, was founded on October 9, 1776. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with consumption (economics). ... Syphilis is a curable sexually transmitted disease caused by the Treponema pallidum spirochete. ... Smallpox (also known by the Latin names Variola or Variola vera) is a contagious disease unique to humans. ...


In 1834, the Mexican government gained control of the area. Miwok ancestral lands were divided and doled out to willing pioneer ranchers. The huge tracts of land, called "ranchos" by the Mexican settlers, soon covered the area. The Miwoks that had not died or fled were employed on these ranches. John Reed, mentioned above, was one of the first of these new settlers, and it was Reed's saw mill that provided the lumber and employment that served as Mill Valley's first impetus for growth. Soon after, with the Gold Rush of 1848, Mill Valley saw unprecedented growth. Shrewd entrepreneurs such as Samuel Throckmorton (for whom Mill Valley's most prominent street is named) began purchasing and selling land to the droves of prospectors that arrived from abroad. Year 1834 (MDCCCXXXIV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... For other meanings, see Gold rush (disambiguation) A gold rush is a period of feverish migration of workers into the area of a dramatic discovery of commercial quantities of gold. ... Year 1848 (MDCCCXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Monday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


Mill Valley's growth, and the simultaneous growth of its neighboring towns, ousted the native Miwok population once and for all. In 1852, a census counted 218 full-blooded Miwoks remaining. By 1888, there were only six. Today, there are none who claim even fifty-percent ancestral heritage among the Miwok.


The city is named for a saw mill established by John Reed in the 19th century, the site of which is now Old Mill Park. When the wooded area had been completely logged over, it was divided into small and irregular building lots, which were sold at auction. Many of the vacation homes built at that time were converted to residences during the Great Depression of the 1930s, especially after the Golden Gate Bridge eased access to San Francisco. It is now an affluent residential suburb, much of which is reached by narrow, winding roads created in the early 20th century that often incorporated the old logging roads carved out in the previous century. Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see The Great Depression (disambiguation). ... The 1930s were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known as the [[. In East Asia, the rise of militarism occurred. ... The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening into the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. ... “Suburbia” redirects here. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999 in the...


From 1896 to 1930, the Mt. Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railroad ran service from Mill Valley to the summit of Mt Tamalpais. The 8.25 mile long line had 22 trestles and 281 curves earning it the nickname "The Crookedest Railroad in the World".[1][2]


Climate

Mill Valley has a mild Mediterranean climate. Daytime highs range from about 52 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter, and about 60 to 74 degrees during the rest of the year. Nighttime temperatures in winter rarely drop below 38 degrees. There is abundant rainfall (sometimes 15 inches per month) in the winter, and some rain in early spring and late fall. Summer temperatures vary much more than those of the winter. Much of the time, there is abundant sunshine with temperatures between 75 and 90 degrees, and humidity between 20 and 40 percent. Fog from the coast can bring cool summer weather, with midday temperatures often not exceeding 65 degrees. Nighttime summer temperatures seldom drop below 60 degrees. Summer evenings can be breezy, with warm east winds, and it is not uncommon for there to be no rainfall between mid-June and mid-October; however, dew can often be found on plants in the early morning. Because of Northern California's mild summers, few residents have air-conditioning in their homes. May through October is considered "fire season," because most water-reliant grasses die when rain ceases in May. The grasses become dry and extremely inflammable, and local fire agencies prohibit most kinds of outdoor burning, fireworks, and barbecues.  Areas with Mediterranean climate A Mediterranean climate is a climate that resembles the climate of the lands in the Mediterranean Basin. ...


Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 13,600 people, 6,147 households, and 3,417 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,112.5/km² (2,883.1/mi²). There were 6,286 housing units at an average density of 514.2/km² (1,332.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.43% White, 0.99% African American, 0.25% Native American, 4.14% Asian, 0.21% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, and 2.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.47% of the population. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 6,147 households out of which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.2% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.4% were non-families. 34.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.85. Matrimony redirects here. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 21.2% under the age of 18, 2.9% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 32.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 86.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.5 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $90,794, and the median income for a family was $119,669. Males had a median income of $94,800 versus $52,088 for females. The per capita income for the city was $64,179. About 2.7% of families and 4.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.6% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over. The median single-family home price in the city was $1,500,000 as of January 2005.[citation needed] The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Strawberry is an unincorporated Census-designated Place to the east of the City of Mill Valley. Other CDPs with Mill Valley mailing addresses and within the Mill Valley School District include Tamalpais-Homestead Valley and Muir Beach. Smaller unincorporated areas include Alto and Almonte. A census-designated place (CDP) is an area identified by the United States Census Bureau for statistical reporting. ... Tamalpais-Homestead Valley is a census-designated place located in Marin County, California. ... Looking out from Muir Beach Muir Beach, located about 2 miles from the entrance to Muir Woods, is a city and beach located across the bay from San Francisco. ...


City recreational parks

Mill Valley maintains many recreational parks which often contain playgrounds and other designated areas specifically designed for playing various sports. Dogs are required to be on leashes in all but one of these parks, which is specifically designated a dog park to allow the option of off-leash exercise. Mill Valley also has a prodigious "steps, lanes, and paths program" that provides improved pedestrian access between many of the winding and twisting residential roads that cover the hillsides.


For those who prefer to enjoy nature from the comfort of a chair, the city's public library[3] is nestled in a serene and scenic location at the edge of Old Mill Park[4] where visitors may relax indoors near the wood-burning fireplace and view the redwood forest through the library's multi-story glass wall, or from the outside deck which overlooks the park and Old Mill Creek.


Natural features

Aquatic preservation

Mill Valley has a number of scenic and natural features including its location on Richardson Bay and the associated inlet Strawberry Lagoon. These waters hold significant habitat for fishes, marine mammals and other biota. Notable areas of public access to experience these aquatic preservations can be found at: The outlet of Coyote Creek, which drains Tam Valley into upper Richardsons Bay. ... Strawberry Lagoon is an inlet within Richardson Bay, Marin County, California, USA. This location, particularly on Strawberry Spit, is a winter haul out area for the Harbor Seal. ... Look up habitat in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

Wildland preservation

Mill Valley and the Homestead Valley Land Trust maintains many minimally disturbed wildland areas and preserves which are open to the public from sunrise to dusk everyday. Several nature trails allow access as well as providing gateway access to neighboring state and federal park lands, and the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed wildland on the broad eastern face of Mt. Tamalpais that overlooks Mill Valley. Keep in mind that these are undeveloped, natural areas and, as such, contain many species of wild animals, including some large predators, like the coyote, the bobcat, and the cougar. As in all wildland areas, observe daytime access hours, keep dogs on leashes, and keep younger children from wandering about unattended. One may also want to familiarize themselves with how to live and recreate among cougars,coyotes, and bobcats prior to visiting these wildland areas. For other uses, see Coyote (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Bobcat (disambiguation). ... Binomial name (Linnaeus, 1771) Cougar range map Synonyms Felis concolor The cougar (Puma concolor), also puma, mountain lion, or panther, is a mammal of the Felidae family, native to the Americas. ...

  • Cascade Falls Park -- A natural forested park that spans an area between the western stretches of Cascade Dive and Lovell Ave.
  • Blithedale Summit Open Space Preserve -- located up West Blithdale Ave.
  • Tennessee Valley -- located in Tamalpais Valley, off Shoreline Highway

Nature trails
  • Tenderfoot Trail (1.5 miles) -- Lower trail head is on Cascade Drive between Cascade Falls park and the lower trail head of the Zigzag trail. The upper trail head is at Edgewood Ave., near Mountain Home Inn. This upper trail head provides access to the Edgewood trail, and also provides gateway access to the upper region of Muir Woods, Tamalpais State Park near the Alice Eastwood Campsite access road, and the main southern access point Mt. Tamalpais Watershed (near the Throckmorton Ridge Fire Station).
  • Zigzag Trail (1/2 mile, steep climb) -- This is a very steep trail which has an upper trail head near the Throckmorton Ridge Fire Station and the Mountain Home Inn with gateway access to the upper region of Muir Woods, Tamalpais State Park near the Alice Eastwood Campsite access road, and the main southern access point Mt. Tamalpais Watershed (near the Throckmorton Ridge Fire Station). The lower trail head is near the western end of Cascade Drive, west of Cascade Falls Park and the lower Tenderfoot Trail head.
  • Cypress Trail (1 mile) -- runs between the end of Cypress Ave. and the middle of the Tenderfoot Trail. Cypress Avenue leads to Edgewood Blvd. Going down Edgewood leads to the top of Dipsea trail stairs and Cowboy Rock Trail head, and uphill on Edgewood lead to the Edgewood Trail.
  • Edgewood Trail (1/2 mile) -- runs between the two parts of Edgewood Ave. and provides access to the upper Tenderfoot trail head or, if one follows Edgewood Ave. out to the Mountain Home Inn, leads to a gateway access to the upper region of Muir Woods, Tamalpais State Park near the Alice Eastwood Campsite access road, and the main southern access point Mt. Tamalpais Watershed (near the Throckmorton Ridge Fire Station)
  • Cowboy Rock Trail (1/4 mile) -- part of the Homestead Valley Land Trust, the upper trail head is at Edgewood and Sequoia Valley Road intersection, across the street from where the Dipsea trail stairs from downtown end. This path leads to the Homestead Trail and to the path/stairs down to Stolte Grove and the western tip of Homestead Valley.
  • Pixie Trail (1/2 mile) -- part of the Homestead Valley Land Trust, this trail has several trail heads. On the upper end the trail head is at Marion Ave, (upper portion) Ridgewood Ave., and Edgewood Ave. intersect. The Pixie Trail also has a mid-access point, where the Pixie Trail becomes paved and developed. The street runs down hill to Stolte Grove. The trail continues on and connects to any of three other trail heads. The first head is at the five way intersection of Molino Ave, Edgewood Ave, Cape Ct, and Mirabel Ave. The second head leads to the end of Seymour lane which is a short road off of Edgewood Ave. Crossing Edgewood, the path continues down a set of stairs to Ethel Ave and the Una Way staircase down to Miller Ave. The third and final head ends at Janes Street, down the way from Molino Avenue Park.
  • Homestead Trail (1 mile) -- part of the Homestead Valley Land trust, this longer winding trail traverses the western slope of Homestead Valley itself. It is not currently well delineated or maintained in parts. It has several other trail heads that leads up into Tamalpais State Park near the "four-corners" intersection, as well as down into the valley via (lower portion) Ridgeview Ave. and Ferndale Ave.

Tamalpais-Homestead Valley is a census-designated place located in Marin County, California. ... Tamalpais-Homestead Valley is a census-designated place located in Marin County, California. ...

Suburban gentrification

The combination of Mill Valley's idyllic location nestled beneath Mount Tamalpais coupled with its ease of access to nearby San Francisco has made it a popular home for many high-income commuters. Over the last twenty years, following a trend that is endemic throughout the Bay Area, home prices have climbed in Mill Valley (the median price for a single-family home is in excess of $1.5 million as of 2005), which has had the effect of pushing out some earlier residents who can no longer afford to live in the area. Mount Tamalpais (IPA: ; MWCD , known locally as Mount Tam) is a peak in Marin County, California, USA, often considered symbolic of Marin County. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Commuters on the New York City Subway during rush hour Rush hour at Shinjuku Station, Yamanote Line Traffic jam Commuting is the process of travelling between a place of residence and a place of work. ... Bay Area is a common term to refer to a metropolitan area situated around a bay. ...


In July of 2005, CNN/Money and Money magazine ranked Mill Valley tenth on its list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the United States. In 2007, MSN and Forbes magazine ranked Mill Valley seventy-third on its "Most expensive zip codes in America" list.


While Mill Valley has retained elements of its earlier artistic culture through galleries, festivals, and performances, its stock of affordable housing has diminished[5], forcing some residents to leave the area. This trend has also affected some of the city's well-known cultural centers like Village Music[6] and the Sweetwater Saloon. As of April 2007, only one affordable housing project was underway: an initiative to raze and rebuild an abandoned motel called the Fireside[7]. Located in Mill Valley, California the Sweetwater is a bar/tavern with a 30 year history of great musical performances by the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, String Cheese Incident, John Lee Hooker, plus many others. ...


Annual events

Mill Valley is the home of several annual events, many of which attract national and international followings:

The Dipsea Race is the oldest cross country running event, and the second oldest foot race, in America. ... The Mill Valley Film Festival is an annual, non-competitive film festival presented by the Californian Film Institute, intended as a celebration of the best of independent and international cinema. ...

Arts and crafts in Mill Valley

Mill Valley is known for being an "artsy" little town. Driving or walking downtown Mill Valley will discover many art galleries, coffee shops, and other hallmarks of a typical art town. In addition, the town has sponsored the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival for over fifty years and also the Mill Valley Film Festival, which is part of the California Film Institute, for over thirty years. In addition, Mill Valley's Chamber of Commerce has sponsored the annual Gourmet Food and Wine Tasting in Lytton Square for many years. The Mill Valley Film Festival is an annual, non-competitive film festival presented by the Californian Film Institute, intended as a celebration of the best of independent and international cinema. ... Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center The California Film Institute is an organization best known as the sponsor of the annual Mill Valley Film Festival. ...


Theater arts also have a huge following in Mill Valley. In addition to supporting the local 142 Throckmorton Theatre, which hosts theatre of all levels, Mill Valley is also home for the Marin Theatre Company, as well as the Mountain Play Association which hosts annual musical productions in the Cushing Memorial Amphitheater located in Mill Valley's neighboring Mount Tamalpais State Park. For several years the Curtain Theatre Group has also been performing annual free Shakespeare plays among the redwoods on the Old Mill Park Amphitheatre behind the Mill Valley Library. Mount Tamalpais State Park is a California state park, located in Marin County. ...


Music, novels, television, and movies

Mill Valley has also been home to many musicians, authors, actors, and TV personalities. The writer Jack Kerouac and the poet Gary Snyder once shared a cabin above the 2 AM Club, and Jerry Garcia — who recorded music in a Mill Valley recording studio — also once called Mill Valley home. Other rock stars such as Huey Lewis, Bob Weir, Sammy Hagar, Bonnie Raitt, Pete Sears, Clarence Clemons, John and Mario Cipollina, and Janis Joplin have also called this small town home. Authors such as Wright Morris and Jack London have also lived here, as does Joyce Maynard. Actors Peter Coyote, Dana Carvey, Jill Eikenberry, Kathleen Quinlan, Michael Tucker, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, have also called Mill Valley home and it was the place of birth for actors Eve Arden and Mariel Hemingway. Celebrity chef, Tyler Florence, also now calls Mill Valley home. Jack Kerouac (pronounced ) (March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969) was an American novelist, writer, poet, and artist. ... Young Gary Snyder, on one of his early book covers Gary Snyder (born May 8, 1930) is an American poet (originally, often associated with the Beat Generation), essayist, lecturer, and environmental activist. ... The 2 AM Club is a popular bar in Mill Valley, California. ... Jerome John Jerry Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) was an American musician, songwriter, and artist best known for being the lead guitarist and vocalist of the psychedelic rock band the Grateful Dead. ... Huey Lewis (born Hugh Anthony Cregg, III on July 5, 1950) is an American musician and occasional actor. ... Robert Hall Weir (October 16, 1947–) is an American guitar player, most recognized as a founding member of the Grateful Dead. ... Samuel Roy Hagar (born October 13, 1947 in Monterey, California, USA), better known as Sammy Hagar (aka The Red Rocker), is an American rock guitarist, singer, and composer. ... Bonnie Raitt, (born November 8, 1949) is an American Blues-R&B singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was born in Burbank, California, the daughter of Broadway musical star John Raitt. ... Pete Sears has played Keyboards or Bass Guitar with a large variety of artists, including the classic Rod Stewart albums, Gasoline Ally, Every Picture Tells a Story, Never a Dull Moment and Smiler. Pete was with the Jefferson Starship from 1974 to 1987 and currently plays in the Jorma Kaukonen... Clarence Clemons (born January 11, 1942 in Norfolk, Virginia) is an American musician, best known as the saxophonist in Bruce Springsteens E Street Band. ... Janis Lyn Joplin (19 January 1943 – 4 October 1970) was an American singer, songwriter, and music arranger, from Port Arthur, Texas. ... Wright Morris (born January 6, 1910 in Central City, Nebraska; died April 25, 1998) was an American novelist, photographer, and essayist. ... For other persons named Jack London, see Jack London (disambiguation). ... Cover of Looking Back Daphne Joyce Maynard (November 5, 1953 - ) is an American writer who became famous for her relationship with J. D. Salinger. ... Peter Coyote (born October 10, 1941) is an American actor and author, and has narrated many documentaries and audio books. ... Dana Thomas Carvey (born April 2, 1955, in Missoula, Montana) is an American actor and comedian best known for his work on Saturday Night Live and the spin-off movie Waynes World. ... Jill Eikenberry is an American actress. ... Kathleen Denise Quinlan (born November 19, 1954) is an Oscar nominated American actress, mostly seen on television and in motion pictures. ... Michael Tucker is an American actor. ... Tom Cruise (born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV on July 3, 1962) is an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor and film producer. ... Nicole Mary Kidman, AC (born 20 June 1967) is an Academy Award-winning Australian[1] actress and occasional singer. ... Eve Arden (April 30, 1908 – November 12, 1990) was an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning American actress, who established a lengthy career as a supporting and character actor rather than as a lead actress due, in large part, to the fact, that while tall and slim, she was not... This article contains a trivia section. ... Tyler Florence (born Kevin Tyler Florence [1] on March 3, 1971) is a chef and television star of several Food Network shows. ...


In fiction, character B.J. Hunnicutt from the TV show M*A*S*H called Mill Valley home, and fictional character Charley Furuseth in Jack London's 1904 novel The Sea-Wolf, apparently had a summer cottage here. In the Star Trek universe, it is home to the 602 Club. It is also the setting for resident author Jack Finney's 1954 novel The Body Snatchers, although the 1956 film, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and subsequent movie versions of the book have been set elsewhere. Fictional character Doris Martin from the TV show The Doris Day Show (1968-1973 TV series) called Mill Valley home as well. Captain B.J. Hunnicutt (played by Mike Farrell) is a fictional character in the TV show M*A*S*H, which ran from 1972-1983 on CBS. Captain Hunnicutt resided in Mill Valley, California before he was recruited to join the US Army to fight in the War. ... M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, inspired by the 1968 novel M*A*S*H: A Novel About Three Army Doctors by Richard Hooker (penname for H. Richard Hornberger) and its sequels, but primarily by the 1970 film MASH, and influenced by the... For other persons named Jack London, see Jack London (disambiguation). ... 1904 (MCMIV) was a leap year starting on a Friday (see link for calendar). ... The Sea-Wolf book cover, 1st Edition For the 1941 movie, see The Sea Wolf (1941 film). ... This article is about the entire Star Trek franchise. ... Jack Finney (October 2, 1911 - November 16, 1995) was an American author. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Body Snatchers is a 1955 science fiction novel by Jack Finney, originally serialized in Colliers Magazine in 1954, which describes Earth being invaded by seeds which have drifted to Earth from space. ... Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1956 science fiction film. ...


Cyra McFadden (born c. 1939) is an American writer, living in the San Francisco Bay Area. McFadden's 1977 novel The Serial: A Year in the Life of Marin County satirized the trendy lifestyles of the affluent residents of Marin County, California, just north of San Francisco. The highly successful book was made into a 1980 movie called Serial (1980 film), starring Tuesday Weld and Martin Mull. The song "Mill Valley", recorded in 1970 and released on the album "Miss Abrams and the Strawberry Point 4th Grade Class"[13], became a nationwide hit. (Listen to a clip of |"Mill Valley".) Cyra McFadden (born circa 1939) is an American writer, living in the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Serial is a comedy film from 1980 from Paramount Pictures. ...


The Tamalpais High School Marching Band appeared in the 1969 Woody Allen film Take The Money and Run. In the 1973 George Lucas film American Graffiti, the 'sock hop' dance scenes were filmed in the high school's boys gymnasium. Tamalpais High School (nicknamed Tam) is a public secondary school located in Mill Valley, California. ... // Cannes Film Festival opens, but closes in support of a French general strike without awarding any prizes. ... Woody Allen (born Allen Stewart Königsberg on December 1, 1935) is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director, writer, actor, jazz musician, comedian, and playwright. ... Take the Money and Run is a 1969 comedy film co-written by, directed by and starring Woody Allen. ... // Events The Marx Brothers Zeppo Marx divorces his second wife, Barbara Blakely. ... George Walton Lucas, Jr. ... For the music soundtrack based on the film, see 41 Original Hits from the Soundtrack of American Graffiti. ...


Hill Valley, the fictional town where Back to the Future (1985) is set, might be a play on the name Mill Valley. That movie is supposed to be set in Northern California. Also, Industrial Light and Magic, who did some of the special effects for that film, are headquartered nearby. This article is about the first film in the Back to the Future trilogy. ...


An episode of the television show Quantum Leap was set in Mill Valley. This article is about a television series. ...


Mill Valley in the news

2002: John Walker Lindh and the Mill Valley Islamic Center

The most recent event that attracted national attention to the city of Mill Valley was the case of John Walker Lindh, who lived in neighboring San Anselmo, and converted to Islam at the Mill Valley Islamic Center[14]. Following his trial, former President George H. W. Bush is reported to have called Lindh a "misguided Marin county hot-tubber", which amused most Marin residents and angered some. [15] For other persons named John Walker, see John Walker (disambiguation). ... San Anselmo is a town located in Marin County, California, in the western United States. ... For people named Islam, see Islam (name). ... George Herbert Walker Bush (born June 12, 1924) was the 41st President of the United States, serving from 1989 to 1993. ...


2008: sewage spills

On January 31st, 2008, Mill Valley's sewage treatment plant spilled 2.45 million gallons of sewage into San Francisco Bay.[16] This marked the second such spill in Mill Valley within a week (the previous one spilled 2.7 million gallons), and the most recent of several that occurred in Marin County in early 2008.[17] Sewage is the mainly liquid waste containing some solids produced by humans which typically consists of washing water, faeces, urine, laundry waste and other material which goes down drains and toilets from households and industry. ... San Francisco Bay, San Pablo Bay, and the Golden Gate San Francisco Bay is a shallow, productive estuary through which water draining approximately forty percent of California, flowing in the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers from the Sierra Nevada mountains, enters the Pacific Ocean. ... Marin County is a county located in Californias San Francisco Bay Area, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. ...


Mill Valley's treatment plant attributed the spills to "human error". [18] Two investigations are still attempting to uncover why over 5 million gallons of sewage, most of which was raw and untreated, is now in Mill Valley's watershed. The investigations are being carried out by the Regional Water Board and the EPA.[19] The spills caused distress in Mill Valley's administrative government, which remains outspoken about "dedicating itself to the protection of air quality, waste reduction, water and energy conservation, and the protection of wildlife and habitat" in Mill Valley.[20]


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Points of interest

Village Music: A legendary music store that against the protest of thousands of citizens-was shut down in late 2007. http://www.villagemusic.com/ Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2592x1944, 2938 KB) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2592x1944, 2938 KB) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Muir Woods National Monument is a unit of the National Park Service in Marin County, California, 12 miles (19 km) north of San Francisco. ... Mount Tamalpais (IPA: ; MWCD , known locally as Mount Tam) is a peak in Marin County, California, USA, often considered symbolic of Marin County. ... The Edgewood Botanic Garden is located on Mount Tamalpais in Mill Valley, California, USA. See also List of botanical gardens in the United States Categories: US geography stubs | California botanical gardens ... The outlet of Coyote Creek, which drains Tam Valley into upper Richardsons Bay. ... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... The 2 AM Club is a popular bar in Mill Valley, California. ... Located in Mill Valley, California the Sweetwater is a bar/tavern with a 30 year history of great musical performances by the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, String Cheese Incident, John Lee Hooker, plus many others. ... The Mill Valley School District is located 13 miles north of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County. ... Tamalpais High School (nicknamed Tam) is a public secondary school located in Mill Valley, California. ... Old Mill School is one of 5 public elementary schools in Mill Valley, California, along with Park, Tamalpais Valley, Edna Maguire, and Strawberry Point Schools. ... // Mill Valley Air Force Station was a USAF installation on the West Peak of Mt. ...


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