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

Woodside Store

 
 
Woodside Store Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 24, 2009
1. Woodside Store Marker
Inscription. 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.)
 
Location. 37° 25.831′ N, 122° 16.631′ W. Marker is in Woodside, California, in San Mateo County. Marker is on Kings Mountain Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 471 Kings Mountain Road, Redwood City CA 94062, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Folger Stable c.1905 (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Chinese Walls (approx. 1.6 miles away); First Saw Mill
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By Syd Whittle, April 24, 2009
2. Woodside Store Marker and Feed Shed
(approx. 2.1 miles away); Town of West Union (approx. 2.3 miles away); Town of Searsville (approx. 2.6 miles away); In Memoriam The Aircraft "Resolution" (approx. 2.9 miles away); Filoli (approx. 3.3 miles away); St. Denis Church and Cemetery (approx. 3.3 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 El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Additional comments.
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 shingle making and lumbering. His partners were a man named Ellis (who even those in
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3. Woodside Store
the lumbering community said drank to much), James H. "Grizzly" Ryder, a Mexican War veteran, and a 33-year-old dentist named Robert Orville Tripp who had accompanied Ryder to California. All were from Massachusetts.
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, San Mateo County deputy sheriff, public administrator, deputy assessor, and custodian
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of the library.
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 El Dorado Hills, California.

 
Categories. Notable BuildingsSettlements & Settlers
 
Woodside Store image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 24, 2009
5. Woodside Store
Woodside Store - Interior image. Click for more information.
Historic American Buildings Survey (LOC)
6. Woodside Store - Interior
Building/structure dates: 1854 initial construction Significance: Built for Mathias Parkhurst and Robert Tripp as a general store, post office, dental office, saloon, and after 1859 a library, this store was operated by Tripp until his death in 1909 at the age of 93. HABS CAL,41-WOOD,4- (LOC)
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Woodside Store - Interior image. Click for full size.
Historic American Buildings Survey (LOC)
7. Woodside Store - Interior
Sign at Entrance to Site image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 24, 2009
8. Sign at Entrance to Site
California Historical Landmark Directional Sign image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 24, 2009
9. California Historical Landmark Directional Sign
Located on Woodside Road
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 30, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,301 times since then and 40 times this year. Last updated on August 7, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on April 30, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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