Corte Madera, California

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Corte Madera (pronounced /ˈkɔrtə məˈdɛrə/) (formerly, Adams)[2] is an incorporated town in Marin County, California, United States. Corte Madera is located 3.25 miles (5.2 km) south of San Rafael,[2] at an elevation of 39 feet (12 m).[1] The population was 9,100 at the 2000 census. In 1980 the town merged its police department with that of its neighbor Larkspur into the Twin Cities Police Authority.

In Spanish, Corte Madera means the imperative command "Chop wood", as in "Do chop the wood". The area was famous for producing lumber out of redwood trees which went into the construction of the city of San Francisco.



Corte Madera is located at 37°55′32″N 122°31′39″W / 37.92556°N 122.5275°W / 37.92556; -122.5275[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11.4 km²), of which, 3.2 square miles (8.2 km²) of it is land and 1.2 square miles (3.2 km²) of it (28.12%) is water. Corte Madera is one of the richest towns in Marin.

Corte Madera is tucked away in the green Marin countryside, and is known as "The hidden jewel of Marin". Incorporated in 1916, the Town extends from San Francisco Bay on the east side of Highway 101 to Mt. Tamalpais on the west. Corte Madera occupies an area of four square miles of land, plus surrounding water tidelands. This small vital town of nearly 9,425 residents, located 12 miles (19 km) north of San Francisco, is generally alight with sunshine that peeks through fog shrouded Mt. Tamalpais. It is within hiking, biking and driving distance of some of the most beautiful vistas in the western United States.


The first post office in Corte Madera opened in 1878, and closed in 1880.[2] The Adams post office opened in 1902, and changed its name later that year to Corte Madera.[2] The name Adams honored Jerry Adams, its first postmaster.[2] Corte Madera incorporated in 1916.[2]

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