Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Gravity Car stays at Mill Valley Plaza

Those living in Mill Valley will now be able to view a replica gravity car in the downtown depot plaza. Although some of the Mill Valley community had some concerns over its placement (some people did not feel it fit in aesthetically), after the majority voted in favor of, it
will now have a permanent place at the plaza.

The car is an exact replica of the open-air cars that, at one time (early 1900's), shuttled people around. In those days the gravity cars would shuttle approximately 25 to 30 people from the Mill Valley depot to the apex of Mount Tamalpais. Along the way, the track was incredibly winding and was even referred to as the "Crookedest Railroad in the World".

The only other concern over its placement is that it may be a hazard to the children who will play in the area. Some residents felt that it would be better
to place the car in front of City Hall, instead of the plaza. The city initially gave the car a two month trial period and, in the end, felt that it was
a good place for it.

The car is made out of wood and measures at 10 ft by 12 ft. Previously, it had resided at the Old Mill Park playround after debuting at the Memorial Day parade in 1990. The restoration comes after the car had suffered quite a bit of damage from moisture and vandalism. "It is a symbol of Mill Valley's rich history and I am glad it is going to be here", says Mill Valley homeowner Jay Hunnat.

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