top of page
  • Writer's pictureKatherine Martine

Belveron family unearths piece of Tiburon’s railroad past in side yard

The Corcoran family — John, Nicole, Mason, Tobey, Maya and Brendan — gather beside a length of steel train rail the children found by accident when in the yard of their Venus Court home in Tiburon’s Belveron East neighborhood. (Elliot Karlan photo / For The Ark)

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.

For the complete story, pick up this week's edition of The Ark on newsstands or SUBSCRIBE NOW for home delivery and our e-edition.

Recent stories
bottom of page