Menlo Park in San Mateo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Menlo Park Railroad Station
Erected 1983 by State Department of Parks & Recreation, City of Menlo Park. (Marker Number 955.)
Location. 37° 27.294′ N, 122° 10.956′ W. Marker is in Menlo Park, California, in San Mateo County. Marker is on Merrill Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1100 Merrill Ave., Menlo Park CA 94025, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Portola Journey's End (approx. 0.8 miles away); Early People of the Creek (approx. 0.8 miles away); El Palo Alto (approx. 0.9 miles away); San Francisquito Creek Watershed (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named San Francisquito Creek Watershed History of Tower Well (approx. one mile away); The Hostess House War and Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); Hostess House (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Menlo Park.
1. The Library of Congress Historical Survey Statement of Significance:
The oldest railroad station still in use in California, this station was built in 1867 by the first incorporated railroad line in the state. The coming of the railroad marked the beginning of a double transformation: the growth of the town and the development of the countryside by fashionable estates. The railroad reduced the traveling time from Menlo Park to San Francisco from 3 hours to 80 mins. This wood frame structure was built by the San Francisco and San Jose Railroad Company, the earliest incorporated line in the state. The original depot was rectangular in plan with a bay window on the south and a gable roof on the north-south axis with an additional steep gable in the center of the east side. The major decorative element was the use of flat arch drip moldings over the doors and windows, as illustrated
— Submitted April 10, 2009.
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