Most of the historical fires on Mount Tamalpais start as vegetation fires, and many impacted structures. Posted this week is the story of a grass and brush fire extending into the world famous Tavern of Tamalpais at the top of the mountain. It was operated by the Mount Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railroad. In those days one could take the train from Mill Valley and travel almost to the very top of the mountain, rest at the tavern and perhaps stay overnight, and then take an open-air gravity car down into Muir Woods. People visited this attraction from all over the world. Visitors included future U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt among others.
1923 was a bad year for fires in California. For example, several months after the Mt. Tam fire, the great Berkeley fire would consume 640 homes. About a week later, a huge wildfire in Marin County would burn from Lucas Valley into Lagunitas and beyond. See our major fires section for more information.
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