Belveron family unearths piece of Tiburon’s railroad past in side yard
Tiburon resident John Corcoran knew his recently purchased fixer-upper in the Belveron East neighborhood would need some TLC — but he didn’t know a piece of the town’s history was sitting buried underneath the property waiting to be discovered.
Corcoran, a former member of the Planning Commission, and his wife purchased the home a couple months ago. Their four kids were playing in the yard one day and managed to dig up a 4-foot long, 400- to 500-pound piece of rail line that could have been discarded during Tiburon’s days as the terminus and railyard site for the Northwest Pacific Railroad, according to Phil Cassou, a local history buff and longtime volunteer at the Tiburon Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum.
“They got all of their shovels out … and I was just happy that they were occupied,” Corcoran said.