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Sausalito

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Things to do: sightseeing, wildlife areas, childrens museums
Sausalito is a San Francisco Bay Area city in Marin County, California. Sausalito is 8mi south-southeast of San Rafael, at an elevation of 13 feet (4 m). The population was 7,061 as of the 2010 census. The community is situated near the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge, and prior to the building of that bridge served as a terminus for rail, car, and ferry traffic. Developed rapidly as a shipbuilding center in World War II, the city's industrial character gave way in postwar years to a reputation as a wealthy and artistic enclave, a picturesque residential community (incorporating large numbers of houseboats), and a tourist destination. It is adjacent to, and largely bounded by, the protected spaces of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.EtymologyThe name of Sausalito comes from Spanish sauzalito, meaning "small willow grove", from sauce "willow" + collective derivative -al meaning "place of abundance" + diminutive suffix -ito; with orthographic corruption from z to s due to seseo; early variants of the name were Saucelito, San Salita, San Saulito, San Salito, Sancolito, Sancilito, Sousolito, Sousalita, Sousilito, Sausilito, and Sauz Saulita. The area acquired this name as a result of the so-called Bandit Wars, when the defeated Latinos, a mixture from Mexico, Chile and Panama, banned from San Francisco settled at what was to become the North end of the future Golden Gate bridge. It was named so in honor of their leader, the Chilean Joaquín Murieta, who was born in a district of the main Chilean port, Valparaiso, called Sausalito.
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