Tiburon Walking Tours
Tiburon Walking Tours
Discover the history and people who created Marin County's most picturesque town.

Tiburon Walking Tours




Discover Marin County's most picturesque town—ITS history and THE people who created IT

From its indigenous people, to the Spanish explorers who sailed along the California coast in the 1540s, to the first Europeans to enter San Francisco Bay through the Golden Gate in 1775, to its early settlers in the 1800s, through its 80 years as a rough and tumble railroad town, to its evolution into one of the San Francisco Bay Area's most beautiful communities and tourist attractions, the history of the Tiburon Peninsula will come alive in this leisurely 1½-2 hour walking tour.

Whether you’re a local resident, a visitor looking for a great thing to do in Tiburon, a school administrator, or a meeting planner seeking an activity that will enhance your conference agenda, check out this interesting, informative, and fun walking tour.

Read about Tiburon Walking Tours in the Marin Independent Journal. And watch the video here!


  • The history of Tiburon, Angel Island, and Belvedere.

  • Why it took 200 years for the Spanish to enter San Francisco Bay through the Golden Gate.

  • The Coast Miwok Indians, their lives and treatment by the Spaniards and later by the Americans.

  • The Tiburon Peninsula's first European settlers, John Thomas Reed and his descendants.

  • Dr. Benjamin Lyford's Hygeia, a vision of Tiburon as the world's finest health resort and residential community.

  • The Donahue brothers, who brought the industrial revolution to California by way of Tiburon.

  • Tiburon's history as a blue-collar, rough and tumble railroad town from 1884 until 1967.

  • The fires that virtually destroyed the town three times.

  • How the town dealt with Prohibition.

  • How Al Capone figures (twice!) in Tiburon's history.

  • Some of the Tiburon Peninsula’s notable residents.

  • Tiburon’s transformation into a suburban community and tourist destination.

  • How the dedication of two families helped maintain Main Street's early 1900s character.

  • The Railroad and Ferry Depot Museum and its working model of the 1909 Tiburon rail yard.

  • How conservationists fought hard to maintain the area's physical beauty and small-town character.



Elliott Brown is a Tiburon resident. A former teacher, entrepreneur and corporate executive, he has spoken to and trained numerous groups, and has designed and led workshops on many subjects, both here and abroad. In creating Tiburon Walking Tours, he has combined this experience with his passion for sharing knowledge and his love for Tiburon and the Bay Area. 

Elliott’s aim is to leave you with a new understanding of this beautiful area's history and evolution. To do that, he’s collected information from many sources — original newspaper accounts, magazines, and historical books. Elliott will recount anecdotes about key people who figured in the history of the Tiburon Peninsula, illustrating the tour with nearly 100 historical photographs.




An enormous “thank you” to David Gotz, who is the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society’s Historian and Archivist as well as the Tiburon Town Historian, for the invaluable assistance and encyclopedic knowledge he shared with me. And these tours would not have been possible without the generous support of Maureen Borthwick, Recreation Supervisor: Adults & Facilities Maintenance for The Ranch at Dairy Knoll; DeAnn Biss, Executive Director of the Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce; Patty Flax, Executive Director of the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society; and Patti Pickett, Administration Assistant for the Town of Tiburon.