The Source

5:21pm

Mon August 18, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Source: Give me a home where the sea elephants roamed: Orinda

California seems to be getting it from both sides. The state is in a serious drought at the same time coastal areas are studying ways to avoid being drowned. This is nothing new, according to Kay Norman of Orinda.

“Many millions of years ago Orinda used to be under a shallow sea,” she tells school groups at the Orinda Historical Society. The children are dazzled to hear that sea elephants might have been swimming by “right where [they] are sitting.”

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5:16pm

Tue August 5, 2014
Arts & Culture

Bolinas: a hidden town with history

A glimpse of Bolinas in the 1800s.
Photo courtesy of the Bolinas Museum. http://www.bolinasmuseum.org/

Have you ever been to the little town of Bolinas, near Point Reyes National Seashore? Have you ever wanted to go, but couldn’t find the turn-off from the highway? Well, that’s not by accident. It has been said that if Bolinas had a welcome sign – which it doesn’t – it could read: “Welcome to Bolinas. Please Keep Moving.”  

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5:05pm

Thu October 31, 2013
Arts & Culture

The only ghost town in the Bay Area-Drawbridge

Gunning skiff, Collection of San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park. Photo courtesy of Oakland Museum of California.

Think of a ghost town, and San Francisco Bay is not likely to come to mind. Yet the remnants of such a place are currently sinking into the marshes near Fremont. Back in the 1920s, the settlement of Drawbridge boasted about 90 buildings, most having some connection to duck hunting.

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6:28pm

Mon October 15, 2012
Arts & Culture

The Source: The story of Marin County's namesake takes flight

Flickr user kate.gardiner

In Marin, it’s been a rewarding year for author and academic, Betty Goerke. Back in February, she was recognized for her “significant contributions advancing the understanding of the past in Marin County.” This Sunday, October 21, she will be honored by the Mill Valley Art Commission, at their annual awards dinner. In this story from our archives, Goerke sat down with KALW’s Steven Short to discuss the subject of one her books, the namesake of Marin County.

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3:19pm

Wed April 25, 2012
Arts & Culture

The Source: Doyle Drive and the Father of the Golden Gate Bridge

Frank P. Doyle cuts a chain with an acetylene torch at the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Courtesy Sonoma County Library

You can’t talk transportation in the Bay Area without talking about bridges. Everybody knows the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge. And if you’re driving between the two, you travel on another bridge: an elevated and windy two-lane road through San Francisco's Presidio called Doyle Drive. That's changing this weekend, as the old Doyle Drive, built in 1937, continues the transformation into the Presidio Parkway.

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