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In a surveyors' stockpile, clues to California town's past

from Point Reyes Light

Historian Dewey Livingston first became aware of the mysterious "Grippi Tube 18" map after reading a book by his predecessor, Jack Mason, over 30 years ago. Mason mentioned it in a footnote while discussing Charles Webb Howard's desire to split up the ranches on the Point Reyes Peninsula, but the whereabouts of the 1879 map were uncertain. The only clue was the name of a land surveyor who once owned it: Joseph Grippi. The crinkled, yellowish map remained untouched for years — until last month, when Livingston uncovered it while analyzing thousands of historic survey maps acquired by the county in 2015. more


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