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The Martinez Historical Society was created in 1973 to save this 1890 cottage and its site from becoming another parking lot in downtown Martinez.
ditor’s Note: Part 2 of the Griffin family story centers around George Griffin, a hard-working farmer, horseman and surveyor who was a friend of John Muir and John Swett. He lived all his 96 years on the ranch the family still owns in Alhambra Valley. George and his three sisters, Lilly, May and Eva, were the children of Thomas and Alice Griffin who arrived in California in the 1860s from Ireland by way of Australia. Thomas Griffin bought the Alhambra Valley property in 1868 after several years as superintendent of the Black Diamond Mine near Antioch.
142 Years of Family Farming Begins Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles on the Griffin family who have been ranchers
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Please be advised: The Martinez Museum will be temporarily closed for one week to allow for staff to update a new display.
Please plan to come visit the new display “Parades, Picnics and Parks” once the museum reopens. Thank you!