Marin County historian Dewey Livingston will talk about and sign his book about Nicasio at a special event at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 22, at 3 pm. The Library is located at 20 Fourth street, and the event is free. Information at (707) 788-4398 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can see a video preview with Livingston below.
Once the most prominent building in the town, the Nicasio Hotel (above) was built in 1867, but was destroyed by fire in 1940.
Livingston's book about Nicasio, published last year by the Nicasio Historical Society , begins with the earliest known human presence in the valley. But here, as in many other places, the native people were displaced and treated badly by the new arrivals.
Today, the town of Nicasio (seen above approaching the town square) hosts its own website, which may come as a surprise to outsiders. In reseaching his book on the town and its denizens, Dewey Livingston says he also met with a couple of welcome surprises.
Below: the Tomasini Dairy Ranch at Nicasio, circa 1890.