Thank Goodness It Never Happened: A New Exhibit at the Jack Mason Museum

by Meg Linden

House under construction on Limantour Beach, c.1962. Though construction on this house was completed, it was torn down after the creation of the Pt. Reyes National Seashore. © Pt. Reyes National Seasho

The Jack Mason Museum of West Marin History has a new exhibit called “Thank Goodness It Never Happened.” The 2013 exhibit examines the “West Marin Master Plan,” a preliminary version of which appeared in 1964 and proposed a population upwards of 66,335 people to live along the east shore of Tomales Bay, beginning north of Dillon Beach all the way down to the Olema valley, south of Five Brooks. These population figures included the communities of Inverness and Inverness Park.

As finally approved by the Board of Supervisors in 1967 and amended in 1969, the projected population proposed by the West Marin Master Plan had increased to 125,000.

Our exhibit shows some of the subdivisions proposed by this plan It also includes some early proposals which, had they been implemented, would have changed the face of West Marin and precluded the Point Reyes National Seashore as we know it. The exhibit also touches on some of the early proposals by the National Park Service to develop the Seashore for active recreation.

The exhibit is housed at the Jack Mason Museum and is open during the same hours as the Inverness Public Library, Monday 3–6 and 7–9; Tuesday and Wednesday 10–1 and 2–6; Friday 3–6; and Saturday 10–1. It also will be open during the 4th of July celebrations in Inverness from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and during the Inverness Fair on August 10th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The exhibit will close in mid-August, 2013.

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