For more than 40 years, the Mill Valley Historical’s Society‘s Walk Into History annually has explored the people, places and things that serve as the foundation of our community. After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 crisis, the event returns on May 29 as a key part of the community’s blockbuster Memorial Day weekend celebration that kicks off with the return of the Mill Valley Volunteer Firefighters’ Association’s Pancake Breakfast from 7-11am, followed by a Memorial Day ceremony at 9:30am at Lytton Square, the return of the Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade and the incredible, the four-day Kiddo! Carnival.
MVHS officials say the planned ‘Walk Into History’ this year follows the route of the Mt. Tam and Muir Woods Scenic Railway (also called the Mountain Railway) from the Depot to the trailhead at the northern end of Blithedale Canyon. A shuttle will return the tour participants to the downtown plaza for displays and exhibits on several special topics.
This walk is designed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of old Engine No. 9 as was intended in 2020 and again in 2021 because the order for the engine was placed in 1920 and the engine arrived on the railroad in early 1921.
“As we walk the route, we’ll trace the seven places the railroad crossed Corte Madera creek on its way through Blithedale Canyon and talk about some of the residents, houses and hotels that lined the railroad’s route,” says MVHS President Eric Macris. “As the date approaches, we’ll provide more information about how to reserve your spot on a tour and buy your online ticket.”