Olema, California

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View northbound on SR 1 at Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
View northbound on SR 1 at Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Olema is located in California
Location in California
Olema is located in the United States
Olema (the United States)
Coordinates: 38°02′27″N 122°47′17″W / 38.04083°N 122.78806°W / 38.04083; -122.78806Coordinates: 38°02′27″N 122°47′17″W / 38.04083°N 122.78806°W / 38.04083; -122.78806
CountryUnited States
CountyMarin County
Elevation69 ft (21 m)
ZIP code
Area codes415/628
FIPS code06-53630
GNIS feature ID1659297

Olema is an unincorporated community in Marin County, California.[1] It is located on Olema Creek 2.25 miles (3.6 km) south-southeast of Point Reyes Station,[2] at an elevation of 69 feet (21 m).[1]

Olema is along State Route 1 at its intersection with Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, on the eastern edge of the Point Reyes Peninsula in the western part of Marin County. "Olema-loke" is Miwok Indian for little coyote.[2]

Olema was once thought to be the epicenter of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake due to the huge fault rifts still visible via a nearby hiking path. There are historical references to this in and around the town, including at shops and restaurants. However, more recent evidence suggests that a location near Daly City is more likely the epicenter.[3]

Olema was also the title subject of the late-1960s country-rock song, "Hippie from Olema", The Youngbloods' rejoinder to Merle Haggard's "Okie from Muskogee".

The Olema post office opened in 1859, closed in 1860, and re-opened in 1864.[2]


Olema has a few shops, two restaurants (Sir and Star and Due West), a lodge, and several bed and breakfasts. Nearby is a large campground and also a large retreat for the Vedanta Society (a branch of Hinduism). Also, the Bear Valley Visitor Center, a quarter-mile from town on Bear Valley Road, provides a standard starting point for a visit to the Point Reyes National Seashore. Inside the center are exhibits and books for sale. Outside are picnic tables, a Morgan horse ranch, and Kule Loklo, a reconstructed Miwok village.[4]


In the state legislature, Olema is in the 3rd Senate District and in the 6th Assembly District.

Federally, Olema is in California's 2nd congressional district, represented by Democrat Jared Huffman.[5]

Towns of rural western Marin County. Olema is in yellow.


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Olema, California
  2. ^ a b c Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 675. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ 1906 San Francisco earthquake
  4. ^ History of Olema
  5. ^ "California's 2nd Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 8, 2013.