Lucas Valley-Marinwood, California

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Lucas Valley-Marinwood is a census-designated place (CDP) in Marin County, California, United States. As of the 2000 census, the population was 6,357.

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History

James Miller of Irish descent, came overland to California in 1844 with the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy Party and in April 1845 arrived in San Rafael.[1] Then, in 1846 he purchased 680 acres (2.8 km2) of land from Timothy Murphy, grantee of Rancho San Pedro, Santa Margarita y Las Gallinas. The land encompassed present day Marinwood and a creek which was later named Miller Creek. He rebuilt an old adobe on a hill where the Miller Creek condominiums are located and called it Miller Hall. By 1862 Miller had 10 children, and in 1864 donated a 3/4 acre site next to Miller Creek to have the Dixie School built upon it. The building still stands but has been relocated in front of Miller Creek Middle school on Las Gallinas Avenue. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. James Miller died in 1890. The 1,084-acre (4.39 km2) ranch he owned at the time was eventually sold to the Sequeira family in 1935. The family tore down Miller Hall later that year.

Lucas Valley was named after John Lucas, a 19th-century rancher and nephew of Timothy Murphy (not related to George Lucas).[2]

In the 1950s and 60's, suburbia came to Marinwood. It was brought on the shoulders of modernist architect Joseph Eichler. His highly recognizable and stylish homes can be found throughout Lucas Valley and Eastern Marinwood. The Lucas Valley community center and pool were also constructed by Eichler as a centerpiece of the neighborhood.

In 1977, George Lucas purchased 1,267 acres (5.13 km2) west of Marinwood, which he subsequently refashioned into Skywalker Ranch.

The streets of lower Lucas Valley were named so their names all ended in berry. The streets are, in alphabetical order: Appleberry, Blackberry, Cedarberry, Danberry, Elderberry, Flaxberry, Greenberry, Huckleberry, Idylberry, Juniperberry, Kernberry, Loganberry, Mulberry, Newberry.

Geography

Lucas Valley-Marinwood is located at 38°1′41″N 122°33′46″W / 38.02806°N 122.56278°W / 38.02806; -122.56278 (38.027989, -122.562783)[3].

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