Mt. Tamalpais has remained surprisingly undeveloped since the 19th century. Armed with the power of eminent domain, in 1912 the Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) began the conversion of the vast watershed areas from private to community ownership, a process that ultimately saved the mountain and left in its formidable shadow the beloved and beautifully preserved natural land of the Mount Tamalpais Watershed. Join us as historian Jack Gibson talks about the evolution of the MMWD including the upheavals of the Progressive Era, the challenges of population growth, and the building of Alpine Dam in 1919.
Jack Gibson has served on the board of directors of the Marin Municipal Water District since 1995. He is an avid historian, a former history teacher, and a practicing Marin County attorney. Jack Gibson is the author of Mount Tamalpais and the Marin Municipal Water District (Images of America).
In collaboration with Mill Valley Historical Society
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