Trove of hippie-era remnants revealed...

Trove of hippie-era remnants revealed at Olompali

There are 40 comments on the Marin Independent Journal story from Jan 13, 2009, titled Trove of hippie-era remnants revealed at Olompali. In it, Marin Independent Journal reports that:

To most it looks like landfill fodder - shattered dishes, tattered clothing, scattered household items in disrepair.

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Since: Feb 08

Hana, HI

#1 Jan 13, 2009
WOW a god's eye was the most important thing, us kids used to make them all the time in the 60's. This article is a joke, who cares about remnants of a fire 40 years ago. That commune north of Novato pales in comparison to what was going on down in Marin at the time. It's actually a good thing that most people here now don't know much about the scene back in the 60's, it would make their hair curl and blood boil. The Grateful Dead had that commune for a year or two, but they all lived in Larkspur, Corte Madera, Mill Valley, Stinson Beach, Lagunitas and Fairfax.
I always laughed when the realtors up in Novato stuck with trying to sell houses fabricated that story about Novato being hip in the 60's. Actually Olampali is not in Novato at all and Novato was and still is the redneck capitol and HQ for the KKK in Marin.
seriously

San Anselmo, CA

#2 Jan 13, 2009
Hey Pulipaca, mind elaborating on how marin was back then? I'm genuinely interested

Since: Feb 08

Hana, HI

#3 Jan 13, 2009
seriously wrote:
Hey Pulipaca, mind elaborating on how marin was back then? I'm genuinely interested
No doubt that I could write a thick book about Marin. If you are really interested, you should check out the Marin Nostalgia Forums. It was started by realtor Jason Lewis, and many long time locals have contributed to the amaizing collection of posts that go way back. Make sure to check the back pages, myself and many friends who grew up have "spilled the beans" on Marin. Enjoy !
seriously

San Anselmo, CA

#4 Jan 13, 2009
thanks, I am definitely checking those out!
Shelly no

Fairfax, CA

#5 Jan 13, 2009
Pulipaca wrote:
WOW a god's eye was the most important thing, us kids used to make them all the time in the 60's. This article is a joke, who cares about remnants of a fire 40 years ago. That commune north of Novato pales in comparison to what was going on down in Marin at the time. It's actually a good thing that most people here now don't know much about the scene back in the 60's, it would make their hair curl and blood boil. The Grateful Dead had that commune for a year or two, but they all lived in Larkspur, Corte Madera, Mill Valley, Stinson Beach, Lagunitas and Fairfax.
I always laughed when the realtors up in Novato stuck with trying to sell houses fabricated that story about Novato being hip in the 60's. Actually Olampali is not in Novato at all and Novato was and still is the redneck capitol and HQ for the KKK in Marin.
I find it interesting. I get tired arguing about
shootings, especially when most people
seem to always give cops the benefit of doubt.
Someone should write a good book about Marin--
it's long over due. Marin was a much better,
fun place to live 20-30 years ago. I personally
find Marin boring and the average citizen needs
stop sweating the small stuff. We need a little
60's fun and definitely need to preserve anything from that decade. I'm glad park maintenance
has an interest in the past.
94903 Land

Larkspur, CA

#6 Jan 14, 2009
"Sometimes we only think of our country's cultural history in terms of what was going on 1,000 or 5,000 years ago, not 40 or 50 years ago," Rodriguez said. "I think this is a chance to see things that will be seen as part of our cultural history many years down the line."

Oh come on...I can't believe we have Archaeologists digging through a bunch of worthless hippie crap from that rat's nest 1960's Olompali ranch. We used to ride our horses up there and our parents always warned us not to go near the ranch because "there were bad things going on there". Yep...they were probably doing the usual '60's drugs and crap, playing vinyl records, knitting God's Eyes, etc. but I certainly would not put this in a historical sort of place in Marins history. Hardly. Check out www.marinnostalgia.org for a much more fun view of what Marin was like in the 60's and 70's and 80's.
One of the Chosen kids

Daly City, CA

#7 Jan 14, 2009
Having lived @ the ranch as a 7 year old kid, there was nothing like growing up at Olompali. Fun in the sun with hardly a care in the world. After the poor kids drowned and the fire; the DEAD left and the Electric flag and friends moved in. For a short time it was sweet, then drugs and alcohol took over, and "IT" was over. I went to the site a few weeks ago and was harassed beyond belief, by the A-HOLE rangers who live there now. And just for riding my bicycle around the old grounds! Heck, I lived there for years and just wanted to see my old home, on PUBLIC land for christs' sake! All those horses and cows {the dump?!?!} destroying the land, as far as you can see, and Bicycles are the problem? Get real! Bicycles are the solution to the polluted mess we live in, not a problem. Learn from the hippies and get back to nature; to where we { I } once belonged!
The DEAD also owned Slide Ranch, which is now a education center. Education on how to live with the land. Remember that Marin?
Save the Planet; Ride your bike!
Miriam Hamsa Weinstein

United States

#8 Jan 14, 2009
You want to see hippie relics? Let's be real, there's lots of us living here still - particularly in Fairfax (no, we are not the relics) and I bet lots of us still have at least a few things from back then. But thanks for the reminder about God's Eyes. Maybe I'll make one - haven't done that for decades. See if the old mind and hands remember how.:-)
Cartman

Walnut Creek, CA

#9 Jan 14, 2009
Hippies stink
makasupa

Novato, CA

#10 Jan 14, 2009
It's like the big bang, the hippie movement imploded then exploded all around the north bay. I can tell you there are a lot of us hippies up in Petaluma, Sebastopol and West Sonoma county. The movement is still alive and well, some may say even making a resurgence. There are artifacts all over if you know where & how to look :)
Rational approach

Mill Valley, CA

#11 Jan 14, 2009
OK, so we have a "budget crisis" and our state legislators want to raise taxes so we can fund more of this [email protected]? Give me a break. Anyone who wasted a single dollar of tax money or a single minute of employee time on this BFWOT should be fired.

Since: Feb 08

Hana, HI

#12 Jan 14, 2009
The heavy hippy movement started in the Haight, and then they started migrating out all over the place. One of the first stops was Muir Beach, then they spread out all over Marin. I remember in the late 60's the City of Mill Valley was the first city in the country to enact an anti commune ordinance. People would rent big old houses and pack a bunch of hipsters in and parking was a issue. There are still communes in Bolinas, Sonoma County all over northern California, Oregon and Washington. Some of those people never really changed, still living the communal way. Now communes are becomming the wave of the future in the bay area. They are forcing people to live in highrise condo/apartment buildings sharing thinwalls, ceilings and floors, only there are new rules like no smoking, no sex, mandatory wage slavery, must use public transportation (no more VW bugs and busses).
Look what they did to San Rafael, slapped up housing projects all over the downtown, and many people living in those New World Order communes downtown are very unhappy with all the air, light and noise pollution surrounding them on all sides. ABAG would love to plaster all Marin with their transportation clusters, but people are resistant in Marin and there is really no room left or water to spare.
Danny J

San Rafael, CA

#13 Jan 14, 2009
Can we all just forget that time in history? The hippies were freaks, they thought they were being one with nature, but the went to the bath room in the creek and left trash and polluted the place like.... well....just like hippies.
Hippies were not really cool, they just didn't want to work and expected someone else to support them while they smoked weed all day long and had Free Love. Can we just hit the "erase" button?
Me And Bobbie McGee

San Francisco, CA

#14 Jan 14, 2009
Danny J wrote:
Can we all just forget that time in history? The hippies were freaks, they thought they were being one with nature, but the went to the bath room in the creek and left trash and polluted the place like.... well....just like hippies.
Hippies were not really cool, they just didn't want to work and expected someone else to support them while they smoked weed all day long and had Free Love. Can we just hit the "erase" button?
I keep hitting it, but your post keeps being there.
raisedbywolves

San Francisco, CA

#15 Jan 14, 2009
i was raised by a hippies in marin and spent my childhood trying to remember the names of all the smelly scumbag musicians and musician wannabes who came and went from my house, most of whom were looking for a free place to crash and become "the thing that wouldn't leave". Danny J is right.
Sal

Mill Valley, CA

#16 Jan 14, 2009
Pulipaca- Novato was cool 40 some years ago. Mickey Hart had a place off Novato Blvd and they Dead played there alot. Santana and Tower of Power played at his place also. Some of the planning for Altamont took place there too. Steve Miller, Buddy Miles, Sly Stone and David Crosby also lived in Novato. David Crosby's girlfriend for which he wrote Guineverre was killed in a car crash in Novato. Last time I looked the KKK had moved its HQ to Mill Valley.

Since: Feb 08

Hana, HI

#17 Jan 15, 2009
Sal wrote:
Pulipaca- Novato was cool 40 some years ago. Mickey Hart had a place off Novato Blvd and they Dead played there alot. Santana and Tower of Power played at his place also. Some of the planning for Altamont took place there too. Steve Miller, Buddy Miles, Sly Stone and David Crosby also lived in Novato. David Crosby's girlfriend for which he wrote Guineverre was killed in a car crash in Novato. Last time I looked the KKK had moved its HQ to Mill Valley.
Carlos Santana lived up off of panoramic 40 years ago, and once gave me a ride in his Excalibur when I was hitch hiking, David Crosby lived in Mill Valley up in Blithdale Canyon, Steve Miller lived on Seadrift , Sly Stone lived in Mill Valley, John Chippolina lived in Mill Valley, I could go on and on but who cares, it's all history now. But the KKK lives on in Novato, and I've never seen any evidence of them in M.V. All I was saying was about the realtors hyping Novato as a superhip place, when in fact all of Marin was, but the realtors in southern Marin don't boast about all the famous musicians who lived here to sell houses.
Park Rat

United States

#18 Jan 15, 2009
Is it just me, or does anyone else think that post 1 thru 4 is written by the same person?

Very amusing.
Phyllis

United States

#19 Jan 15, 2009
Park Rat wrote:
Is it just me, or does anyone else think that post 1 thru 4 is written by the same person?
Very amusing.
Rat - nice call. This Pulipaca guy was obviously pleasuring himself when he posted a response to his own post. Hilarious!
seriously

San Anselmo, CA

#20 Jan 15, 2009
hahah nope, not the same person

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