Category Archives: Purdy Pharis

Was The Shingle King Murdered? Part VI: Conclusion

[Purdy Pharis, "the Shingle King" had been spending all of his time alone on his 6,500-acre Kings Mountain ranch. He was paranoid, believing people were against him--leading friends to worry about his welfare.....] The rest of the story came out … Continue reading

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Was The Shingle King Murdered? Part V

[This is part Five of a story about Purdy Pharis, who became famous as the Coastside's "Shingle King"--and whose cause of death is debated to this day. In Part IV, we ended with the successful Purdy Pharis surviving hard luck … Continue reading

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Was The Shingle King Murdered? Part IV

The Shingle King lived off Starr Hill Road on the rim of the Corte Madera Canyon. To the west the rustic house featured spectacular far-off views of the Pacific Ocean–and to the northeast, glimpses of San Francisco. Purdy Pharis’ friends, … Continue reading

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Was The Shingle King Murdered? Part III

Hatch’s Mill, circa 1910. Photo: Ken Fisher “The Purisima” (pardon me for spelling two different ways: Purissima, now Purisima) is located south of Half Moon Bay and west of present day tree-lined Skyline Blvd near somewhat remote Kings Mountain. Purdy … Continue reading

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Was The Shingle King Murdered? Part II

It was the fall of 1853, and the stunning madrone trees’ berries were turning red when Purdy Pharis first set foot on Kings Mountain. According to legend, he lost his way hiking in the trail-less forest. After wandering about all … Continue reading

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Was The Shingle King Murdered? Part I

In 1884 a coroner’s jury determined that Sheldon Purdy Pharis had taen his own life at his Kings Mountain home–but some friends and neighbors remained skeptical, suspecting that the 55-year-old “Shingle King” actually might have been murdered. At the time … Continue reading

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