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Palo Alto in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Birthplace of “Silicon Valley”

 
 
State Historic Landmark #976 image. Click for full size.
By Mathew H. Kohnen, November 07//07
1. State Historic Landmark #976
Inscription. This garage is the birthplace of the world’s first high-technology region, “Silicon Valley.” The idea for such a region originated with Dr. Frederick Terman, a Stanford university professor who encouraged his students to start up their own electronics companies in the area instead of joining established firms in the East. The first two students to follow his advice were William R. Hewlett and David Packard, who in 1938 began developing their first product, an audio oscillator, in this garage.
 
Erected 1989 by State Department of Parks & Recreation, Hewlett Packard Company. (Marker Number 976.)
 
Location. 37° 26.578′ N, 122° 9.276′ W. Marker is in Palo Alto, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is on Addison Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker is located outside the home, in front of the porch, right of the driveway. Marker is at or near this postal address: 367 Addison Ave., Palo Alto CA 94301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of
Hewlett-Packard Garage image. Click for full size.
By Mathew H. Kohnen, November 7, 2007
2. Hewlett-Packard Garage
In this Garage, at the back of the home owned by William Hewlett that he and his partner David Packard designed and built their first electronics project with commerical applications, an "Audio Oscilloator."
this marker. Electronics Research Laboratory (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Hostess House War and Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hostess House (approx. 0.6 miles away); John Adams Squire House (approx. 0.7 miles away); History of Tower Well (approx. ¾ mile away); San Francisquito Creek Watershed (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named San Francisquito Creek Watershed (approx. 0.9 miles away); El Palo Alto (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Palo Alto.
 
Categories. CommunicationsEducationEntertainmentIndustry & CommerceScience & Medicine
 
The Dave & Lucile Packard Home image. Click for full size.
By Mathew H. Kohnen, November 7, 2007
3. The Dave & Lucile Packard Home
This home was divided into two apartments, with the Packard's living in the 1st floor apartment & Bill Hewlett renting living & work space in the garage. Today the home remains a private residence and is not open to the public. The property is fenced and electronically monitored. Please do not disturb the occupants and respect the homeowners privacy.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2007, by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 2,954 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 8, 2007, by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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