Woodside in San Mateo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Built in 1854 among sawmills and redwood groves by Dr. R.O. Tripp and M.A. Parkhurst. Operated by Dr. Tripp in person (who also served as dentist, librarian, postmaster and community leader) until his death in 1909. Purchased by the County of San Mateo 1940. Opened as a public museum September 7, 1947.
State Registered Landmark No. 93
Tablet placed by California Centennials Commission. Base furnished by County Board of Supervisors in cooperation with the San Mateo County Historical Association.
Dedicated October 16, 1969
Erected 1969 by The California Centennials Commission, The County Board of Supervisors in cooperation with the San Mateo County Historical Commission. (Marker Number 93.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Buildings • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 7, 1918.
Location. 37° 25.815′ N, 122° 16.63′ W. Marker is in Woodside, California, in San Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3300 Tripp Road, Redwood City CA 94062, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Independence Hall (approx. 1½ miles away); Pioneer Hotel (approx. 1½ miles away); Folger Stable c.1905 (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Chinese Walls (approx. 1.6 miles away); First Saw Mill (approx. 2.1 miles away); Methusela (approx. 2.2 miles away); Gaspar de Portolá Expedition Campsite (approx. 2.3 miles away); Town of West Union (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodside.
Regarding Woodside Store. This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No. 93 on 3/29/1933.
This site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on 07/18/1985.
Also see . . . Plan Your Visit to the Woodside Store. The San Mateo County History Museum Trip Brochure. (Submitted on April 30, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
1. Woodside Store
In October 1849, Matthias Alfred Parkhurst, age 20, purchased 127 acres of John Copinger's Rancho Canada de Raymundo near old Mexican saw pits and began
Parkhurst and Ellis began with a shingle camp. Tripp and others joined them. Using an old trail along Redwood Creek to the bay, the partners dragged wharf timbers to a Mexican embarcadero at the site of present day Redwood City. There they made rafts and floated them on the tides to San Francisco's bay waterfront. Gold Rush growth and several severe fires in the city created high demand for building materials. Thus did a prosperous commerce open in 1850 for lumbermen, teamsters, blacksmiths, wagon makers, storekeepers, and saloon owners.
Parkhurst at first sold goods from his modest hut, then Tripp joined him in a small store building. In 1853 when stage service began to their store in the Red Woods, they renamed their business site Woodside. A year later, they built a new store, the present building. Their partnership was dissolved in 1860. In 1863 Parkhurst died. Dr. Tripp took over, operating the store until his death in 1909. He became a legendary character, his name synonymous with Woodside.
During his lifetime, Tripp was a San Francisco county supervisor, U.S postmaster,
In 1940 the San Mateo County Historical Association urged the store's preservation and it was purchased by San Mateo County. The store has since been restored to its 1880s condition and stocked with period items.
Source: San Mateo County Parks
— Submitted April 30, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.
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