Novato (/nəˈvɑːtoʊ/ nə-vah-toh)
is a city in northern Marin County,
in the North Bay region of the
San Francisco Bay Area,
about 30 miles (48 km) north of
San Francisco on U.S. 101.
2010 U S Census population: 51,904.
Today's Novato was home to several
Coast Miwok villages:
Chokecherry, Puyuku, and Olompali,
In 1839 the Mexican government
granted the 8,876-acre
(35.92 km2) Rancho Novato
to Fernando Feliz.
[The rancho was named after a
local Miwok leader who had
probably been given the
name of Saint Novatus
at his baptism. ]
Novato, along with
the rest of California,
on February 2, 1848.
" If you don't support the death penalty
and citizens packing a pistol -
don't come to Texas.
If you don't like medicinal marijuana
and gay marriage, don't move to California. "
"I grew up in Marin County
north of San Francisco, and
in the 1950s and '60s
it was a natural paradise."
A railroad was built in 1879,
connecting Novato to Sonoma County
and San Rafael. The current depot
was built in 1917, but closed in 1959
and is largely derelict.
The station is still standing.
The Presbyterian church,
still a landmark in Novato today,
was built in 1896. Until 2006 it
housed a number of city offices,
but was vacated that year due
to safety concerns and condemned.
The church has since been renovated,
and city offices returned.
Novato has warm, mostly dry summers
and cool, wet winters.
Average January temperatures were
a maximum of 53.6 °F (12.0 °C) and a
minimum of 38.7 °F (3.7 °C).
Average July temperatures were a
maximum of 79.9 °F (26.6 °C) and
a minimum of 52.0 °F (11.1 °C).
Novato was incorporated
as a city in 1960
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