Novato's Grant Avenue in the 1950's

Novato’s Grant Avenue in the 1950’s

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1950 – 1999: Growing as a Suburb

1953 Stafford Dam and Lake completed.
1954 Novato schools unified
1957 Novato High School opens. Students no longer go to San Rafael
1958 Northwestern Pacific ends passenger service.Hwy 37 widened to 4 lanes to Sears Point and new bridge built over Petaluma River
1960 January 20, Novato incorporated as a city.
1960 – 1961 Novato’s first city council formed. Wayne Womak first mayor.
1961 Jan 1 – Police Dept. becomes a City agency, first housed in the railroad depot


Novato Presbyterian Church sold to the city to become City Hall.

1969 Burdell Mansion at Olompali destroyed by fire
1972 Postmaster’s House moved from So. Novato Blvd. & Yukon Way to present site on DeLong.
1974 U.S. Highway 101 changed to present route bypassing downtown Novato
1975 Hamilton Airfield closed
1976 Novato History Museum established and Novato Historical Guild formed.
1977 Redwood Bldg. facelift
1982 Fireman’s Fund moved into new headquarters on San Marin Drive.
1985 Ignacio overpass built.
1995 City of Novato begins development of Hamilton Field
1992 Vintage Oaks shopping center developed
1999 Buck Institute for Research on Ageing built on Mt. Burdell