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—  Unincorporated community  —
Olema is located in California
Location in California
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
Country United States
State California
County Marin County
Elevation [1] 69 ft (21 m)
ZIP code 94950
Area code(s) 415
FIPS code 06-53630
GNIS feature ID 1659297

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 and on the eastern edge of the Point Reyes Peninsula in the western part of Marin County. "Olema" is Miwok for 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 There are historical references to this in and around the town, including at shops and restaurants.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 also was 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, 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 located in the 3rd Senate District and in the 6th Assembly District. Federally, Olema is in California's 6th congressional district.

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


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographical 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. Quill Driver Books. p. 675. ISBN 9781884995149.  
  3. ^ 1906 San Francisco earthquake
  4. ^ History of Olema


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