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

Town and Gown

 
 
Town and Gown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 20, 2015
1. Town and Gown Marker
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Inscription. On October I, 1891, Stanford University opened its doors after six years of planning and building. The University was named after Jane and Leland Stanford's only child, Leland Stanford, Junior. Stanford University and Palo Alto have been interconnected since the mid-1880's, when Timothy Hopkins, at the request of Leland Stanford, purchased the land then known as -University Park." Hopkins later began selling lots in University Park and by 1892, Leland Stanford had arranged to have the tower, named "Palo Alto" after his Palo Alto Stock Farm. Initial deeds contained a covenant prohibiting the sale of liquor, which was part of Senator Stanford's plan for a proper university town. Palo Alto's Professorville area provided housing for faculty and students after the University opened in 1891. Faculty members served as early town trustees and provided forward-thinking leadership and ideas including town ownership of public utilities.
 
Location. 37° 25.413′ N, 122° 8.599′ W. Marker is in Palo Alto, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from El Camino Real (State Highway 82), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located at the parking lot of the Stanford – Palo Alto Community Playing Fields located at the corner
Three Markers image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle
2. Three Markers
The Crossroads of Mayfield marker is seen in the background. The Mayfield School marker is seen in the center and the Town and Gown marker is seen in the foreground.
of Page Mill Road and El Camino Real. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2634 El Camino Real, Palo Alto CA 94306, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Crossroads of Mayfield (within shouting distance of this marker); Play Ball! (within shouting distance of this marker); Mayfield School (within shouting distance of this marker); Uncle Jimís Cabin (approx. 0.2 miles away); Herring Box School (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Herring Box School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Homesite of Sarah Wallis (approx. 0.9 miles away); Lou Henry Hoover House (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Palo Alto.
 
Also see . . .  History of Stanford University. On October 1, 1891, Stanford University opened its doors after six years of planning and building. The prediction of a New York newspaper that Stanford professors would "lecture in marble halls to empty benches" was quickly disproved. (Submitted on November 23, 2015.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 23, 2015, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 136 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 23, 2015, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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