Fairfax was also the setting for dozens of early Western movies. Local extras rode with "Broncho Billy" Anderson, early Western hero and movie producer, who later employed Ben Turpin and Charles Chaplin. Several movie companies used the area in and around Fairfax from 1910 to about 1923. Fairfax had its own movie studio, United Keanograph Studio, which produced in Fairfax the movie "Money" in 1915. This film was shown in movie houses across the country.
The name "Arequipa" has had a long association with Fairfax . A tuberculosis sanatorium, built in 1911, it cared for TB in wage-earning women until 1957, drawing national attention to its unique approach in combining health care with pottery making used to help defray the cost of care and providing rehabilitative therapy for the women. Arequipa is now part of the Bothin Youth Center, currently owned and operated by the Girl Scouts.
The town itself built
up around a tract of land known as Fairfax Park.The tract consisted of 65
acres and was leased in 1875 to the North Pacific Coast Railroad by Manuela
Sais, widow of Domingo, for summer picnics.
Fairfax finally came of age in February of 1931 when the town was incorporated as a city of the sixth class, with a five-member council government.
Fairfax today is no longer hay fields, dairy ranches and vineyards but a community of fine neighborhoods nestled in the hills and small valleys of the Upper Ross Valley. Within easy reach of numerous State and National recreation areas, Fairfax offers the best of both work and play and is ideally suited to an easy, friendly lifestyle.
Link to Fairfax Railroad under the features pages