1911 - Essanay Film Manufacturing Co. came to San Rafael in April, 1911, and worked out of a railroad boxcar in the vicinity of today's Montecito Center. Owner/director G. M. Anderson often came to Fairfax with his crew to film the westerns in which he starred as "Broncho Billy". The late Frank Healion, builder of the Alpine Building, recalled riding his horse as an extra for 50 cents a day, along with other locals. Frank said it was so much fun he would have done it for nothing. Essanay made over 40 one-reel movies while in Marin.