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Sausalito
Marin County, California

Sausalito was named for the little willow grove around a flowing spring - in early days it was an important source of water for ships entering and leaving the bay. The Northwestern Pacific Railroad terminus was here, rails north to Eureka and ferries south to San Francisco. Gradually commuters replaced fishermen and Sausalito grew from a village to an elegant compact town, lining the shore and running up the steep slopes. You will find magnificent views everywhere here.

Today Sausalito is a major tourist destination - they come by car, ferry, sailboat, and day-trippers from San Francisco by the busload. The small downtown area is fairly over-run in summer, but the more tawdry sorts of tourism have been kept under controll, and the town retains a special charm. There are lots of art galleries, a famous annual art festival, fine restaurants, and small hotels. It is an excellent half-day excursion for people visiting San Francisco, and can be combined with the Marin Headlands and Muir Woods to fill a complete day.


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Sausalito Ferry landing

Sausalito Ferry landing

The ferry landing in Sausalito once served as the southern terminus of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad and was busy with San Francisco-bound commuters. Now it has frequent ferries to the city for tourists and commuters alike, and less frequent service to Angel Island.

Sausalito, California

Date photographed: November 2, 2011
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Vina del Mar Park in Sausalito

Vina del Mar Park in Sausalito

Vina del Mar Park in the center of Sausalito, fenced in the 1960's to keep hippies out. The elephants and fountain are reproductions of the Court of the Universe at the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition (world's fair) in San Francisco.

Sausalito, California

Date photographed: November 2, 2011
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Casa Madrona in Sausalito

Casa Madrona in Sausalito

Casa Madrona is the current name of the huge concrete building that was originally parking for foot passengers riding the ferry to San Francisco.

Sausalito, California

Date photographed: November 2, 2011
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Purity Market building on Bridgeway

Purity Market building on Bridgeway

At one time the distinctive arched roofs of Purity markets were ubiquitous in California. Many remain, converted to other uses, as here on Bridgeway.

Sausalito, California

Date photographed: November 2, 2011
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Yee Tock Chee Park in Sausalito

Yee Tock Chee Park in Sausalito

This tiny park with the perfect location is named Yee Tock Chee Park, after an early grocer in Sausalito.

Sausalito, California

Date photographed: November 2, 2011
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