Welcome to Fairfax
Originally part of a Spanish land grant, it was subsequently passed along to Charles Snowden Fairfax, a Scottish Baron who moved here with his wife in 1855 lured west by gold fever. Convenient railroad service early in this century made Fairfax a favorite weekend and summer retreat for city dwellers. Fairfax was the setting for dozens of early Western movies from 1910 to the early 1920's. Construction of Alpine Dam in 1917 brought a large Italian population to the area, adding to Fairfax's colorful history.
The town of Fairfax was incorporated as a city in February of 1931. With its diverse population of 7,000, Fairfax is a community of neighborhoods nestled in the hills and small valleys of the Upper Ross Valley. Located 16 miles north of San Francisco, within easy reach of numerous State and National Recreation Areas, Fairfax offers the best of both work and play while retaining its small-town Bohemian atmosphere.