The Floyd Russel Family History Room

The Waterhouse & Pepper Families: Their Bolinas Legacy

January 28 - April 2, 2017 / Curated by Elia Haworth

Brighton Avenue created from a ranch pasteur  c.1900. Photo by E.A. Cohen. Bolinas Museum Archive 1982.001.0018 Gift of M.L. Ryan
Brighton Avenue created from a ranch pasteur  c.1900. Photo by E.A. Cohen. Bolinas Museum Archive 1982.001.0018 Gift of M.L. Ryan

 The development of Bolinas owes much to two families, Waterhouse and Pepper who settled here in the early 1880s and were united by the marriage of Marin Waterhouse and Louis Pepper, whose 8 children and many grandchildren continued to influence the town with businesses and buildings familiar to us today; such as Brighton and Terrace Avenues of homes, seawalls on Brighton Beach, relocation of the Presbyterian Church, Bolinas Post Office, Waterhouse Building, St. Aiden’s Church, Seashore Realty, Las Baulines Nursery, Gospel Flat Farm, and the now-ubiquitous Monterey cypress trees in Bolinas.