Marin County Trivia, Part III

by Carol Acquaviva

While we all shelter at home, here are some local history trivia questions to pass the time. The answers appear at the bottom of the page.

  1. In the period following the Civil War, the term “tramps” became a colloquialism used to describe, among other things, groups of people engaged in what widely-shared activity?
Members of the Cow Club with their Jersey cows, 1927. M.B. Boissevain, photographer © Jack Mason Museum

2. Before refrigeration, most of the cow’s milk made in Marin was used to produce what?

Street sprinkler in Los Angeles, 1902. CDNC.UCR.EDU

3. Street sprinklers were an important part of everyday life in the late 1800s through the 1920s in Marin (and elsewhere). What purpose did street sprinklers serve?

(Q. 4) Captain Robert Dollar, circa 1930. Anne T. Kent California Room Collection.

4. In 1906, industrialist and philanthropist Captain Robert Dollar purchased a home on 6th Street in San Rafael and named it after his hometown in Scotland. The name continues today, as the house occupies an 11-acre site owned by the City of San Rafael, and used for cultural events and gatherings. What is the name of this place?

5. True or false: San Quentin Prison used to house women inmates.

6. Covering over 82,000 acres of land managed by the National Park Service, the GGNRA includes the Marin Headlands. What do the initials GGNRA stand for?

7. Although he was born in Puerto Rico, this Olympian grew up in Marin and graduated from the Branson School in 1993. He won a gold medal in freestyle skiing in the 1998 winter games in Nagano, Japan. Most recently, he has co-owned a sports bar in Corte Madera, which bears his name. Who is he?

8. What is the name of the fault line that runs north/south in the western part of Marin County?

9. This symbol of American freedom was brought across the country for display at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. What was this item, and from where did it travel?

10. Name the world-famous shoe company currently headquartered on Redwood Boulevard in Novato.
BONUS #1: What sustainable material does the company use as cushioning on the soles of its footwear?

BONUS #2: The architect of the former company warehouse and current headquarters, John Savage Bolles, also designed what erstwhile sports stadium?


1. Hiking

2. Butter

3. The water from sprinklers contained the dust found on then-unpaved or paving stone-lined streets and sidewalks. Water would bind with the dust, which was especially important when the air was dry.

5. True. San Quentin stopped housing women inmates in 1932.

6. Golden Gate National Recreation Area

7. Jonny Moseley (“Moseley’s”)

8. San Andreas Fault

9. The Liberty Bell, by way of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

10. Birkenstock

BONUS #1: cork

BONUS #2: Candlestick Park

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