Historic Walking Tours.An important function of the city's Heritage Preservation Board is to raise awareness about Larkspur's unique history. One of the ways in which the Board accomplishes this is through self guided tours of the downtown using the following links or their book entitled Larkspur Past and Present: A History and Walking Guide.
Take the Self Guided TourWalking tour descriptions and Walking tour map to navigate the self guided tour of Larkspur's Historic Downtown.
The original highway through southern Marin was mapped out in 1909, and Magnolia Avenue served as the major access road for much of Marin. Today, Magnolia Avenue looks much as it did when it was the main county road. The false-front store facades, the Mission Revival style church and City Hall, the early Queen Anne victorians, and the Blue Rock Inn, all evoke the flavor of the city's past. Larkspur's downtown, between the Lark Theater and the Lark Creek Inn, has been designated as a state and city historic district and is officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places because the buildings are representative of commercial architecture that was typical of small California towns at the turn of the century. Download the
Read the Book
More than 100 people contributed thousands of hours of volunteer research, writing, and photography to create the updated edition of Larkspur Past and Present: A History and Walking Guide. To obtain a copy contact Larkspur City Hall.