Fairfax is an incorporated town in Marin County, California, United States. Take a look below for 10 interesting and amazing facts about Fairfax, California, United States.
1. Fairfax is located 3.25 miles (5.2 km) west-northwest of San Rafael, at an elevation of 115 feet (35 m).
2. The population was 7,441 at the 2010 census.
3. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2), all of it land.
4. The geography of Fairfax consists mostly of hills and valleys.
5. Soils in the Fairfax area mostly belong to the Tocaloma Series as classified by the U.S. Soil Conservation Service.
6. These soils consist of moderately deep, well-drained soils on uplands. These soils are typically formed from sandstone and shale and often occur on slopes ranging above 15 percent.
7. The Coast Miwok Native Americans occupied stretches along local creeks, spring and seep areas; moreover, prehistoric habitations were usually chosen near permanent and seasonal drainages, typically along flat ridges and terraces.
8. The first post office opened in 1910. Fairfax became an incorporated town in 1931. The town was named for Lord Charles Snowden Fairfax.
9. Fairfax was the site of the last political duel in California, in 1861. Daniel Showalter and Charles W. Piercy, both former assemblymen in the state legislature, decided to settle a political dispute at the home of Lord Fairfax, a mutual friend. Although Fairfax provided lunch to both men and tried to talk them out of it, they eventually headed to an open field nearby and dueled, with Showalter killing Piercy.
10. On May 16, 1946, a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber, crashed on White’s Hill just west of Fairfax.