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Novato, California, USA - Hamilton Air Force Base  Hamilton AFB, at San Pablo Bay in Novato, California was closed in 1976. The airfield was transferred to the Army as Hamil

Novato, Marin, CA

Novato, along with the rest of California, became part of the United States on February 2, 1848. Early pioneers included Joseph Sweetser and Francis De Long who bought 15,000 acres in the mid-1850s and planted orchards and vineyards.


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Novato, California, USA

Hamilton Air Force Base

"Hamilton AFB, at San Pablo Bay in Novato, California was closed in 1976. The airfield was transferred to the Army as Hamilton Army Airfield, and the housing was transferred to the Navy. Both facilities were closed in the mid-1990s. USCG housing and west coast environmental disaster strike force.) Hamilton Field, formerly Hamilton Air Force Base, was owned and operated by the United States Army. It was surplused by the military, and was officially vacated in 1995. As of 1994 the airfield was no longer actively used by the Army."

Novato, California, USA

Tomahawk Lodge
A New Garden Hotel

GRAND OPENING FRI.; SAT., SUN., JULY 20-22, TOMAHAWK LODGE!!! Relax and Enjoy Your Favorite Beverage in Air Conditioned Comfort
And In The Tomahawk Dining Room You Will Enjoy Superb Dining and a Delightful View of Nearby Hills.
True western hospitality prevails throughout Tomahawk Lodge
In the Tomahawk Dining Room you'll recognize immediately a relaxing atmosphere and a sincere friendly desire to make your dining-out a memorable experience. Tomahawk Lodge Dining Room "Entrance to the Tomahawk Lodge Lounge and Motel"
As you would expect, the ''Tomahawk Lounge" is Most Inviting! Tastefully furnished to insure your every comfort. air conditioned ... yes, a simply charming atmosphere prevails. Visit us soon!
TOMAHAWK LODGE-Owned & Operated by R. C. "Doc" Briggs & Ralph Briggs

Daily Independent Journal
San Rafael, California
Thursday, July 19, 1962

Novato, California, USA

Nave Lanes
Finest in Bowling

Nero's Dining and Cocktails

Wrecker's ball soon to replace bowling balls at Marin landmark
Michael Dougan, OF THE EXAMINER STAFF Published 4:00 am, Sunday, August 29, 1999

"NOVATO - For 39 years, the quiet cacophony of crashing pins, punctuated by sharp shouts of delight and disappointment, has echoed through the cavernous interior of Novato's Nave Lanes.

Coming soon: silence.

Tuesday, the last strike will be struck, the last ball bowled. Nave Lanes will enter the annals of history, another landmark lying empty until the bulldozers show up.

The pink architectural eccentricity just east of U.S. 101 on Novato's south side will be razed to make way for retail outlets, erasing one more icon of Old Marin from the county's dense commercial corridor...

...Rich and Bob Nave sold their property to Idaho-based American Stores Inc., which owns Lucky Markets, for an undisclosed amount. American Stores already had purchased 6 adjacent acres on... Read MORE...

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  • The first post office at Novato opened in 1856; it closed in 1860, and a new post office opened in 1891.
  • The first school was built in Novato in 1859, at the corner of Grant Avenue and what is today Redwood Boulevard.
  • A railroad was built in 1879, connecting Novato to Sonoma County and San Rafael.
  • 1880 - Novato
    GEOGRAPHY. - Novato township is bounded on the north by Sonoma county, on the east by San Pablo bay, on the south by San Rafael township. and on the west by Nicasio and San Antonio townships. The San Antonio creek follows along its northern boundary, and debouches into the bay of San Pablo at the north easterly point of the township. There are no streams running through Novato of any considerable size, and the principal ones are Novato creek, arroyo San Jose and arroyo Achiva.

    TOPOGRAPHY. - Along the Pastern side of the township there is quite a section of salt marsh land, which is, of course, low and level, but points of the high land extend to the bay, and serve to break up the monotony of the landscape, and to add to the beauty of the scene as viewed in passing up the bay on board the steamer. The remainder of the country is very broken and mountainous. The mountains are not very high generally, and the most extensive range, and the only one deserving a name, is called the... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Novato
    Novato, no-vā'to, a hamlet of Marin co., Cal., in Novato township, about 28 miles N. of San Francisco. Novato Point, in this co, is on the Bay of San Pablo.
    Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
  • 1906
    Novato, a post-village of Marin co., Cal., 28 miles N. of San Francisco, on the California Northwestern R. Pop. about 300.
    Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906

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photo of Barbara Mary "Mary" GEISBarbara Mary "Mary" GEIS (18 July 1899, Billed, Temes, Temeswarer Banat (Danau-Swabian), Romania - 14 February 1973, Novato, California, USA)
female ancestorMartha Louise PETERSON (5 July 1905, Aberdeen, Grays Harbor, Washington, USA - 16 December 1986, Novato, California, USA)
photo of Louise Thecla LAUBELouise Thecla LAUBE (22 June 1924, Chicago, Illinois, USA - 10 July 2014, Novato, California, USA)
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