Chatter about the Marvel Mar in the Forum
CMM: This article in the Marin IJ tonight (April 12, 2007) about Night Club Nostalgia was so cool. I can’t believe my parents supper club, The Marvel Mar (short for Marvelous Marin) was mentioned in one of the readers letters. Jason has posted a few pictures of the Marvel Mar in the Mill Valley section under the 1950′s.
Steve C: The exact location of the Marvel Mar is where the Mill Valley Travel Lodge is today on Redwood Highway, just south of Goodman’s Lumber on the frontage road. My dad, Charles Mowers, bought the Marvel Mar from Harry Easom in 1947, so the article says and ran it until around 1957 when I was born. He then leased it to someone who’s name escapes me (mostly because I can’t locate the old newspaper articles at the moment) and it became the Colonel’s Ranch Wagon unitl my dad decided to build the Hi-Ho Motel on that property. He then sold the building to the city of Mill Valley for one dollar to use as their community center.
Unfortunately, my father passed away in 1987 and my mom just left us last year, so there are a lot of questions left unanswered about specific dates, etc. I want to make sure I get my facts straight (I am finding descrepancies with dates and names) before I try and explain the history, since it was before my time and I am the only child. I have some newspaper articles about the Marvel Mar and some more pictures of the interior plus articles and pictures of the Hi-Ho Motel, but it’s a slow process getting everything scanned. I’m working on it though.