History Guild Day Trip | Charlie Chaplin, Broncho Billy, & the Niles Canyon Railway
Join the History Guild as we travel back to the days of railroad steam engines, the evolving motion picture industry, and meet some of the famous stars of silent film. From 1912 to 1916, Niles, California was the early home of California’s motion picture industry. We’ll visit the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, tour the 1913 Edison Theater and its projection room, and see films made by and starring Broncho Billy Anderson, Charlie Chaplin, and Mary Pickford. Many Broncho Billy westerns and several Charlie Chaplin films—most notably The Tramp—were shot in Niles Canyon and surrounding areas.
After lunch we board the Niles Canyon Railroad for our trip from Niles through the rugged canyon formed by Alameda Creek to the little town of Sunol, our final destination. Along the way we’ll hear about the people—the Ohlone, Californios, ranchers, desperados, and just plain folks—who have traveled the canyon’s winding route.
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