Olompali State Historic Park


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Olompali State Historic Park


Location:On US 101, 3 miles north of Novato.
Facilities:Picnic area, hiking and horseback trails, visitor center, exhibits; no drinking water available.
Activities:Hiking, horseback riding, guided tours.
Special Features:Park is on land that once supported a large village of the Coast Miwok Indians. Discovery here of a 16th-century English coin suggests that villagers may have had contact with either Sir Francis Drake or with people who had traded with the early English explorer. A project is underway to build several structures representative of a Coast Miwok village, which will be used as an interpretive and educational site.
Address:PO Box 1016
Novato, CA 94948

Phone:415-892-3383
Web: www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=465
Size: 700 acres.

See other parks in California.
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Rancho Olompali State Historic Park This 700-acre facility has a range of historical significance: it was a major Miwok Indian trading village (archeologists have made important finds here); Sir Francis Drake's expedition may have paused nearby (a silver sixpence dating from 1567 was found here); a skirmish in the Bear Flag Revolt took place at the Olompali adobe; later, it became a thriving ranch of almost 9,000 acres.