Friday, September 4, 2015


A  L  O  H  A !
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, 

[at the present Olompali State Historic Park.[9]]]

In 1839 the Mexican government 
granted the 8,876-acre 
(35.92 km2Rancho 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.[10] ]

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. "
Rick Perry

"I grew up in Marin County 
north of San Francisco, and 
in the 1950s and '60s 
it was a natural paradise." 
                                 Huey Lewis

 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


And Thank YOU
for strolling with us!

                         Warmly, cloudia


ayala said...

It looks charming :)

eViL pOp TaRt said...

It was an interesting stroll through a beautiful place. Your post today awakems a numbrt of qestio0ns. Beautiful Novato!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Cloudia, thank you for taking me on the tour of Novato. These small towns have a nice theater. Have a happy weekend!

EG CameraGirl said...

What a great place to roam with a camera! And the temperatures in both summer and winter sound just about perfect so a great place to visit any time of year.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Thanks for the visit to Novato Cloudia, wee bit cold in winter but love the summer temps!

Charles Gramlich said...

Lovely pics. Druid's hall is an interesting name. Wonder how they came up with that.

Teresa said...

Cool pictures of a quaint little town. I did not know that Druids were so involved in civic affairs. Love the Rick Perry quote, although there are some parts of California that are just as, if not more, conservative than Texas.

William Kendall said...

Druid's Hall, that's odd!

Cloudia said...

Thanks Sweeties!

TexWisGirl said...

sweet little place! and although i don't appreciate rick perry, he at least spoke the truth in that quote. *sigh*

RedPat said...

I've never heard of this town but it looks lovely in your pics, Cloudia!

Elephant's Child said...

The Rick Perry quote would certainly interest me in California over Texas. As would those temperatures.
Loved visiting Novato with you.

Halcyon said...

I like Novato.

Bob Bushell said...

You are a travelling person, California makes so photos, love that also Cloudia.

Truedessa said...

Thanks for the stroll...that was interesting..

Adam said...

Rick Perry is kind of funny. He should know who blue southern texas is, and maybe how red eastern California is. Do you think he got glasses to make people think he's not stupid?

Cloudia said...

Such a jolly party when you guys show up like this!!! Hooray!

Karen S. said...

Just think what a little money and a whole lot of TLC and dirt under the finger nails could do for that lost station still standing! I completely enjoyed all the photos and history throughout. Fascinating stuff! On my last visit to California I did some off road touring myself, there is so much out there to absorb, for the taking!

Su-sieee! Mac said...

I didn't know that was how Novato got its name. It's been many, many years since I've wandered through Novato. Hope you had a great stay while here.