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Redwood City in San Mateo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Redwood City Arch

 
 
Redwood City Arch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 10, 2011
1. Redwood City Arch Marker
An early photo of the archway spanning El Camino Real is displayed on the marker.
Inscription.  
Redwood City
Climate Best by Government Test

This archway sign and slogan is based on the design of two earlier archway signs that once spanned the El Camino Real, designating the northern and southern entryways into Redwood City. A smaller scale replica of the original sign is located on Broadway near Spring Street.

In 1925, a slogan contest was held to promote Redwood City. Wilbur H. Doxsee submitted the winning entry: “By Government Test, Our Climate is Best” which was revised and shortened to:
“Climate Best by Government Test.”
The origin of the “test” is uncertain. The most popular theory is that in 1912 German consular agents (commissioned by the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute) traveled throughout the world to gather meteorological data. Their studies concluded that the “ideal climate” was found in three regions of the world: in the Canary Islands, at a point on the Mediterranean coast of Africa, and within a 20 mile radius surrounding Redwood City.
 
Erected by Historic Resources Advisory Committee, City of Redwood City.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureArts, Letters, MusicScience & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 1925.
 
Location.
Redwood City Arch and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 10, 2011
2. Redwood City Arch and Marker
The marker is mounted on the left pillar supporting the arch.
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37° 29.176′ N, 122° 13.956′ W. Marker is in Redwood City, California, in San Mateo County. Marker is on Broadway east of California Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker and archway are located at Arguello Plaza at the CalTrain railroad tracks. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Redwood City CA 94063, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Soledad O. de Arguello (a few steps from this marker); California Square (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old San Mateo County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named "Old" San Mateo County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named California Square (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fox Theater (approx. 0.2 miles away); New Sequoia/Fox Theatre (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lathrop House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Redwood City.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 11, 2011, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 827 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 11, 2011, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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