Last of his line

Rich and Matt Gallagher

In this episode of the Story Shed we hear from 77-year-old Rich Gallagher, in conversation with his nephew, Matt Gallagher. Rich is the last of his immediate family to still be in the ranching business, and it’s likely to stay that way, since his son Tim doesn’t plan to take over. Though he sold his property in 2001, Rich still ranches under a lease on the land where he grew up – right at the intersection of Point Reyes Petaluma road and Nicasio Valley Road. This spot is known to many locals because of the American flag that always waves from the top of a roadside rock formation.

Rich describes the old days in the small town of Nicasio, where he says their life was a model of sustainability before the idea had become popular. Click the arrow below to hear to him talk about the dances and peddlers of his childhood, and how he came to sell the ranch, or download the mp3 here.:

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One response to “Last of his line

  • Judith L Neeley

    I very much enjoyed this interview. I knew Rich back when I lived in the Pt Reyes Station area. I would love to get in touch with him and check in. It’s been a long while. I remember going to trap shoots on his land when the prizes were things like a ham, sausage, slab of bacon,etc. Went to the rodeo at the Cow Palace on year together. I hope you can pass along my info to him or contact me with contact info so I can give him a shout. To jog his memory, at the time I was Wayne’s girlfriend. Thanks.

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