Sausalito Portuguese Hall Creates New Walking Tour

Michael Moyle

© Konnie Knudsen Collection

the late 1800’s, individuals of Portuguese ancestry made up an estimated 30% of Sausalito’s total population. Portuguese, the majority of them from the Azores, initially came here on whaling ships. Subsequent immigrants followed, with many of them finding work on the numerous dairy farms in Southern Marin that supplied dairy products to San Francisco.

In 1888, five years before Sausalito was incorporated, a group of Portuguese-Americans established a social and cultural organization here in Sausalito named the IDESST. That organization remains active today and is commonly called the Sausalito Portuguese Hall.

© Konnie Knudsen Collection

As part of its mission to preserve Portuguese-American heritage and traditions, the Hall has recently collaborated with the Sausalito Historical Society to create a self-guided walking tour through Sausalito and the surrounding area. The tour features 33 locations highlighting Sausalito’s long Portuguese-American history. Although the entire tour is several miles long, it can be enjoyed in segments and the individual stops taken in any order.

Knudsen home in “Waldo” (near today’s Marin City), circa 1934 © Konnie Knudsen Collection
© Konnie Knudsen Collection

A free 92-page Guidebook for the tour may be downloaded without charge on the History page of the Hall’s website ( Joanne’s Print Shop (2000 Bridgeway here in Sausalito — (415) 332–1344) also offers color or black and white copies of the Guidebook for a fee.

We hope you will take the tour and learn more about Sausalito history. Any questions or suggestions may be directed to the Hall’s History Committee at

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