Forest Knolls Volunteer Fire Department, in existence in the 1930's.
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Forest Knolls is a rural, unincorporated community just west of Woodacre, and just east of Lagunitas. Today it is a census-designated place, together with Lagunitas, known as Lagunitas-Forest Knolls. The 2010 Census lists a total area of 4.2 square miles, and a population of 1,800 people. This area is in the western side of the San Geronimo Valley, extending from the heavily forested ridges to the south into the grassier northern slopes. Adjacent to Samuel P. Taylor State Park, the area includes some very large trees such as Redwoods. Hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding are popular in the hills above the towns.
It has some storied history in beer production, especially with "micro-brew," The Lagunitas Brewery was founded in 1993 by Tony Magee in Lagunitas. The business grew rapidly, and, needing more space, moved a year later just north to Petaluma.. Since the mid-2000s, Lagunitas has been one of the fastest-growing craft breweries in the United States. They are now solely owned by the Heineken International company.
It is also traversed by Lagunitas Creek, one of the last major breeding areas for the threatened fish species Coho Salmon. To early inhabitants Coast Miwok Indians, the stream was known as "Tokelalume", then by the Spanish as Arroyo de San Geronimo. Now the "San Geronimo" name survives only as the San Geronimo Creek tributary, and the local golf course, now owned by theCounty of Marin. The name of Lagunitas Creek, comes from "lagunitas" (Spanish for "little lakes"). Some of these small lakes which have now been turned into drinking water reservoirs through dams built in the upper watershed. It was once known as Paper Mill Creek, because Samuel P. Taylor built the first paper mill in California, the Pioneer Paper Mill, along the creek in nearby Taylorville in the 1800's.