Larkspur began as a logging settlement in the mid-19th century, which slowly expanded to a ranching and dairying rural community by the turn of the century. Larkspur was frequented by visitors from San Francisco and surrounding areas for relaxation and recreation, tripling the town population during summers. Development began and the train came to town. Summer campers and 1906 earthquake refugees came to stay, and the town incorporated in 1908. With the completion of the Golden Gate Bridge (1937) and a WWII population surge, Larkspur left behind its rural identity and grew into a suburban community. Today, Downtown Larkspur retains its historic charm along Magnolia Avenue, while surrounded by a busy modern community.