Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Our Town Novato

A  L  O  H  A !
“All journeys have 
secret destinations
of which the traveler 
is unaware.” 
                   Martin Buber

Novato California's 
first train station 1875
Northwestern Pacific Railroad 
comes to Town!
[and photo at top]

 This first train depot was  the beginning 
of  “New Town”  Novato. 
Many commercial buildings were built 
along Grant Ave. near the station. *

[Previously the town center was closer to the Novato Creek
where the weekly schooner brought visitors in need of
our legendary healthful climate, and took Novato's excellent
produce down to San Francisco to feed the City.]

'Red  Wood'
"Silence is a profound melody, 
for those who can hear it 
above all the noise."

Hands Long Gone Drove These, 
Opening The Road & Future

"Be thankful for the efforts 
of people who worked 
hard to get you 
where you are."
                     Roy T. Bennett 

Linking to

Thank You
for Visiting,
                 Warmly, cloudia

Today, you can still get a beer 
at DeBorba’s (1909), 
See Loustaunau Hall (1899) 
[now Druid’s Bldg] 
Blacksmith’s “Fashion Shop” 
(1893) at Grant & Reichert, &
Scott’s General Store (1890)
All along Grant Avenue.
Today it is called
"Old Town!" Full circle.


Elephant's Child said...

I like to think of the hands long gone...

Jeanne Pursell said...

Very interesting post Cloudia! Are you enjoying being in CA or do you miss HI?

Tom said...

How about joining Tuesday's Treasures with this treasure!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Incroyable detail shots of this stalwart edifice ☺

eileeninmd said...

Hello, what a neat place to visit. The general store and the beer sounds great,lol.

Enjoy your day and week ahead!

Charles Gramlich said...

The coloration on those boards is amazing.

Karen S. said...

Aloha sweet Cloudia, you and I are on nearly the same wave today in our posts! I adore secret destinations too, and your photos are incredibly beautiful! What a place, what amazing history I'm sure.

Cloudia said...

I do miss Hawaii and my friends there, BUT I love N. Calif and am enjoying being here! Life can sure lead us to unexpected places! I think that may be redwood from the redwood trees.

Thanks for swinging by. I love each of you :)

Mike said...

Cool picture of the spikes.

William Kendall said...

The old station reminds me very much of oversized sheds.

biebkriebels said...

Nice old station with that redwood, still standing there.

eric1313 said...

I've dug up railroad spikes when I was a land surveyor. In the old parts of Michigan, they were used as property corner irons during the railroad times. Now when you find them they are three and four feet deep because they slowly sink.

RedPat said...

Love the pics today especially the spikes, Cloudia!

Cloudia said...

I love learning about the surveying, eric 1313

Thanks dear pals

Teresa said...

What a cool little building! Thanks for introducing us to your new town of Novato.

Barb said...

Charming photos of a restored town.