That history corroborates this legend is shown in an old cronicle by the biographer of Junipero Serra, Father Palou, which says that "in 1776, after the Presidio and before the Mission (in San Francisco) were established, an exploration of the interior was organized as usual by sea (the bay), and land." Thus, in the northeast corner of the County, near Novato, was built the first adobe house north of San Francisco Bay, on the Olompali Rancho, owned by the late Dr. Burdell.
FOURTH STREET, SAN RAFAEL.
The first adobe has long since
disappeared, the last mention found of it being a remark of
General Vallejo's when, some thirty years ago, on passing
the Olompali Rancho and pointing to a crumbling adobe he
remarked to a companion, "That is over a hundred Years
ENTRANCE TO HOTEL RAFAEL.
family. This was supposedly the second built and is
accredited to have been constructed by the last chief of the
tribe, Camillo Ynitia.
THE LATE OWNER OF THE OLOMPALI.
at the base of Mt. Olompali which is believed to be an