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By Syd Whittle, November 4, 2009
Len Turner Markers
California (San Mateo County), Belmont — Len Turner1922 – 1976
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California (San Mateo County), Belmont — 856 — Ralston Hall
This redwood structure was completed in 1868 by William Chapman Ralston, San Francisco financier, incorporating Count Cipriani’s earlier villa. This enlarged mansion with its mirrored ballroom became the symbol of the extravagance of California's . . . — Map (db m11230) HM
California (San Mateo County), Burlingame — 100th Anniversary of the Crystal Springs Dam
Chrystal Springs Dam continues to provide the critical link in the delivery of water to the people of the San Francisco Peninsula. Centennial Observation held on this spot by joint resolution of the [Column One] San Mateo County Board of . . . — Map (db m18447) HM
California (San Mateo County), Burlingame — CHL 48 — Anza Expedition Camp
The Anza Expedition of 1776, on its way up the Peninsula to locate sites for the Presidio and the Mission of San Francisco, camped here on March 26 at a dry watercourse a short league beyond Arroyo de San Mateo. Location: El Camino Real and . . . — Map (db m93310) HM
California (San Mateo County), Burlingame — 846 — Burlingame Railroad Station
This first permanent building in the Mission Revival style of architecture was designed by George H. Howard and J. B. Mathison and financed by local residents and the Southern Pacific Railroad. It opened for service on October 10, 1894. The roof . . . — Map (db m86792) HM
California (San Mateo County), Burlingame — Burlingame Train Station
"The prettiest station on the line" - S. F. Chronicle, December 10, 1893. First opened for service October 10, 1894. Restored June 14, 1986. Cal Trans - Save our Station Committee - City of Burlingame 100 years of continuous rail service . . . — Map (db m14102) HM
California (San Mateo County), Burlingame — Eugene A. Doran Memorial Bridge1922 – 1959 — One-Half Mile South
An officer for the Town of Hillsborough from April 1, 1956 until his untimely death on August 5, 1959, who made the supreme sacrifice at the hands of a criminal suspect whom he had apprehended. — Map (db m18330) HM
California (San Mateo County), Burlingame — Kohl Mansion
Kohl Mansion was built by C. Frederick and Elisabeth Kohl in 1914. The Tudor-style mansion, was designed by architects Howard and White. Was the centerpiece of a 40 acre estate called "The Oaks". The property originally included a carriage house, a . . . — Map (db m25572) HM
California (San Mateo County), Colma — Colma City HallErected 1936 – 1940
Architect Resing & Mc Ginnes Contractor H.H. Smith ** Incorporated as Lawndale In Aug. 1924. The Town’s name was changed to Colma in Nov. 1941 Originally the Town Hall served as a traffic court, post office, health dept. and . . . — Map (db m18401) HM
California (San Mateo County), Colma — Colma Historical MuseumCirca 1910
This building memorializes the contributions of the Abbey Land and Improvement Company to the development of Colma. The company established Mount Olivet Memorial Park, the sixth cemetery to be built in Colma, and constructed a streetcar line along . . . — Map (db m18367) HM
California (San Mateo County), Colma — Joe Cavalli – Historical Site
Historical Site 1883 – 1924 Adjacent to this site stood “Cavalli’s Blacksmith Shop” which served the truck farmers in the area. Joe Cavalli 1883 – 1946 Joe was the first and last sheriff of Lawndale (1924 . . . — Map (db m29134) HM
California (San Mateo County), Colma — Molloy’s Springs(Old Brooksville Hotel)
Built by Peter Brooks in 1883, serving the needs of tourists, local citizens, mourners, partyers, Clampers, and a host of others ever since. Dedicated January 15, 1983 by Yerba Buena No.1 – Joaquin Murrieta No.13 Sam Brannan . . . — Map (db m18405) HM
California (San Mateo County), Colma — Mount Olivet Cemetery Office and Streetcar Line
In 1896, the Abbey Land and Improvement Company established Mount Olivet Cemetery. During that year, the company also obtained a franchise from the County of San Mateo to run a street car line from the tracks of the “40 Line” to the . . . — Map (db m18345) HM
California (San Mateo County), Colma — Old Colma Railroad StationDepot Building — Circa 1863
In 1870, Southern Pacific Railroad assumed ownership of the San Francisco and San Jose Railroad, which had originally been opened as an independent railroad in 1863. The second stop south of San Francisco, in what then was the center of the larger . . . — Map (db m18384) HM
California (San Mateo County), Colma — Old Colma Railroad StationFreight Building — Circa 1881
In 1870, Southern Pacific Railroad assumed ownership of the San Francisco and San Jose Railroad, which had originally been opened as an independent railroad in 1863. The second stop south of San Francisco, in what was the center of the larger . . . — Map (db m18390) HM
California (San Mateo County), Colma — Railroad Semaphore SignalCirca 1898
This type of railroad signal was introduced, circa 1898, to control the movement of trains and to prevent accidents. The blade moved up or down corresponding with green, yellow or red lights. (Donated by Southern Pacific Transportation . . . — Map (db m18389) HM
California (San Mateo County), Daly City — 19 — Broderick – Terry Duel
The famous duel that ended dueling in California was fought in a ravine east of here, near the shore of Lake Merced. In the early morning of September 13, 1859. The participants were U.S. Senator David C. Broderick and Chief Justice David S. Terry . . . — Map (db m117083) HM
California (San Mateo County), Daly City — If it's Summer, Bring a SweaterDaly City summers are virtually rain-free, but don't expect sunny skies.
Daly City is usually blanketed with heavy fog and swept by brisk sea breezes from mid-May to mid-September. But while Daly City shivers, the summer fog and sea breezes provide natural air conditioning for the rest of the Bay Area. The breeze . . . — Map (db m52114) HM
California (San Mateo County), Daly City — The Ground Beneath Your Feet
Here at Thornton Beach, the ground is not as solid as it seems. The ground itself is made up of a semi-consolidate sedimentary rock from here to Mussel Rock. It doesn't hold together well, which makes the coastline very unstable. Constant . . . — Map (db m52113) HM
California (San Mateo County), Daly City — Where Daly City Started
Near this site from 1868-1907 was the 250 acre San Mateo dairy ranch operated by pioneer resident John Daly, for whom Daly City was named upon incorporation of the city in 1911. Among his philanthropic gestures was the opening of his Daly’s Hill . . . — Map (db m52311) HM
California (San Mateo County), El Granada — Granada's Burnham Plan
Daniel H. Burnham, called "Father of the City Beautiful Movement," designed Granada, originally Balboa, in 1906, using public plazas, a 640 acre park, oceanfront promenades & boulevards radiating from town center. A masterpiece of urban design. . . . — Map (db m93315) HM
California (San Mateo County), El Granada — Ocean Shore R.R. and Granada
The whistle of the first Ocean Shore Railroad passenger train from San Francisco to Granada echoed of nearby hills 21 June 1908. On board were 500 San Franciscans, great, good-time-loving people, who were treated to free picnic lunches and sales . . . — Map (db m92671) HM
California (San Mateo County), Half Moon Bay — SMA 038 — "The Determination of One Man"
In October of 1906, Joseph Debenedetti constructed this two story mission revival commercial style building, which immediately became the center of commerce for Half Moon Bay and the surrounding area. Rising from the ashes of the devastating 1906 . . . — Map (db m10715) HM
California (San Mateo County), Half Moon Bay — First Concrete Bridge Erected in San Mateo Co1900
J. Debendetti Supervisor D. Bromfield & C. Tobey Jr. Engineers R.C. Mattingly & W. Heafey Contractors — Map (db m10713) HM
California (San Mateo County), Half Moon Bay — Hotel El Granada
Hotel El Granada, a two-story stucco building in the Mission-style opened in 1908 with twenty guest rooms upstairs and a ballroom downstairs. The town's first commercial building and site of the first post office boasted of piped in water and a . . . — Map (db m101667) HM
California (San Mateo County), Half Moon Bay — In Memorial to the Commercial Fisherman Lost at Sea
Down to the sea in ships they go, these chosen men of steel. Though mist and foam and northwest wind is pounding at the keel. So sail they must each crispy morn, away from trees and sod. The sea may own their windburned flesh but their souls . . . — Map (db m14249) HM
California (San Mateo County), Half Moon Bay — Joseph Debenedetti Building
The decade of the 1870’s saw an influx of European immigrants into the Half Moon Bay area and over to the coast. Irish, German, Italian, and Portuguese made up the majority of the newcomers whose numbers included merchants, business people, dairy . . . — Map (db m13747) HM
California (San Mateo County), Half Moon Bay — Miramar Beach Restaurant
The Miramar Restaurant opened during Prohibition as the Ocean Beach Hotel, one of many local "speakeasies". Small "Rumrunners", laden with booze from large Canadian ships, prized our covert coves. While the Miramar served its thirsty patrons, . . . — Map (db m93353) HM
California (San Mateo County), Half Moon Bay — The James Johnston House
James Johnston, a forty-niner from Ohio, established a homestead on this wild, romantic vista of sloping fields and ocean shore in 1853. For his Californiano bride, Petra Maria de Jara, he built this typical eastern saltbox, whose origins from the . . . — Map (db m25518) HM
California (San Mateo County), Half Moon Bay — Zaballa House
After gold was discovered, the thousands who came to California began to build cities and towns. Today's Half Moon Bay grew upon the Mexican land grant awarded to Mexican soldier Candelario Miramontes. In 1853 Estanislao Zaballa came from Spain . . . — Map (db m102405) HM
California (San Mateo County), Hillsborough — The Last Stagecoach Hold-Up In San Mateo County
Near this location on Aug.17, 1905, a masked desperado described as "nine feet high and armed with a small canon" stopped the Half Moon Bay Stagecoach. He angrily demanded driver Ed Campbell to throw down the Wells Fargo Co.'s treasure box, Levy . . . — Map (db m126865) HM
California (San Mateo County), La Honda — 102 — Apple Jack's Inn
1880 Originally a blacksmith shop servicing the lumber mills 1920 John Gabrielli turned it into the original Apple Jack's Inn 1949 Babe and Fred Kotoff took over and maintained it in its original condition 1978 Claude . . . — Map (db m126672) HM
California (San Mateo County), La Honda — Inverson Cabin Site
At this site stood the cabin of Christian Iverson the first european settler of record. Built in the 1860’s, the cabin was constructed of hand split redwood and had two rooms. It stood until the Loma Prieta Earthquakde of 1989. Iverson made his . . . — Map (db m52221) HM
California (San Mateo County), Menlo Park — Early People of the Creek
As the largest local watercourse, San Francisquito Creek played a major role in the lives of native Americans, Spanish explorers and early Anglo settlers of the area. For perhaps 7,000 years, the native peoples -- called Costanos by . . . — Map (db m113017) HM
California (San Mateo County), Menlo Park — El Palo Alto
Under this Giant Redwood, the Palo Alto, November 6 to 11, 1769, camped Portola and his band on the expedition that discovered San Francisco Bay. This was the assembling point for their reconnoitering parties. Here in 1774 Padre Palou erected a . . . — Map (db m41255) HM
California (San Mateo County), Menlo Park — 955 — Menlo Park Railroad Station
This building, constructed in 1867 by the San Francisco and San Jose Railroad Company, is the oldest railroad passenger station in California. The Victorian ornamentation was added in the 1890s when the station was remodeled to serve the . . . — Map (db m2483) HM
California (San Mateo County), Menlo Park — 2 — Portola Journey's EndNovember 6 -10, 1769
Near "El Palo Alto" the tall tree, the Portola Expedition of 63 men and 200 horses and mules camped. They had traveled from San Diego in search of Monterey but discovered instead the Bay of San Francisco. Finding the bay, too large to go around and . . . — Map (db m25054) HM
California (San Mateo County), Menlo Park — San Francisquito Creek Watershed1891 to World War II
After Stanford University opened in 1891, business increased in nearby Mayfield and Menlo Park, towns dating from the 1850s. Mayfield was a farming center, and Menlo Park a summer home to San Franciscans. Residents of both places rejected Senator . . . — Map (db m41337) HM
California (San Mateo County), Menlo Park — San Francisquito Creek WatershedWorld War II to Century 21
By the time America entered World War II in 1941, the creek had been straightened at its outlet to the Bay near the Palo Alto Municipal Airport. The Army built Dipple General Hospital on land near the creek in Menlo Park. Later, Stanford Research . . . — Map (db m41353) HM
California (San Mateo County), Milbrae — The San Andreas Fault
The San Andreas Fault is the largest earthquake fault in North America. It passes through this point and alongside the tip of the small peninsula straight ahead. In this area, during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the west side of the fault . . . — Map (db m17165) HM
California (San Mateo County), Millbrae — 27 — First Camp After Discovery of San Francisco Bay
On November 4, 1769, the expedition of Captain Gaspar de Portola, after crossing Sweeny Ridge, beheld the Bay of San Francisco for the first time. That night they camped at a small lagoon, now covered by San Andreas Lake. Finding the bay too large . . . — Map (db m70737) HM
California (San Mateo County), Moss Beach — The Moss Beach DistilleryHistorical Landmark - California Point of Historical Interest
During Prohibition, the San Mateo Coast was an ideal spot for rum running, bootleggers and “speakeasies,” establishments which sold illegal booze to thirsty clients. One of the most successful speakeasies of the era was . . . — Map (db m64179) HM
California (San Mateo County), Pacifica — Captain Don Gaspar de Portolà
Born in Balaguer, Catalonia, Spain • First Governor of California • Founder of San Diego and Monterey • Discoverer of the Bay of San Francisco on November 4, 1769. Presented by the President of the Generalitat of Catalonia, the Honorable . . . — Map (db m1096) HM
California (San Mateo County), Pacifica — 24 and 394 — Discovery of San Francisco Bay
Captain Gaspar de Portola camped, October 31, 1769, by the creek at the south side of this valley, and to that camp scouting parties brought news of a body of water to the east. On November 4 the expedition advanced. Turning inland here, they . . . — Map (db m1095) HM
California (San Mateo County), Pacifica — 391 — Sanchez Adobe
The home of Francisco Sanchez (B. 1805, D. 1862). Alcalde of San Francisco and Commandante of Militia under the Mexican Republic. Grantee of the 8,926 – acre Rancho San Pedro, and later a respected American citizen. His house built 1842-46. . . . — Map (db m28732) HM
California (San Mateo County), Pacifica — The Little Brown Church
The Little Brown Church, built by Presbyterians in 1910, served the growing community attracted by the Ocean Shore Railroad. During World War II, it broadened to become a Red Cross center, well-baby clinic, and teen center. The Reverend Herschel . . . — Map (db m64832) HM
California (San Mateo County), Pescadero — Año Nuevo Island
Año Nuevo Island wasn't always an island! The first Spanish explorers to sail past this place named it Punto Año Nuevo or New Year's Point. The long jutting point has eroded since the 1600s. It is now an island separated from the mainland by a rough . . . — Map (db m92638) HM
California (San Mateo County), Pescadero — Dickerman-Steele House
This house was built in 1878, by Edwin Dickerman for his bride Effie Steele. This plaque is in memory of their daughter, Flora, who married Jake Frank Steele. Flora lived in the house from 1881 to 1963. — Map (db m92641) HM
California (San Mateo County), Pescadero — Duarte's Tavern
In the 1890’s Pescadero was known as a resort town boasting two hotels and two saloons. Now one hundred years later, one saloon still operates. Duarte’s Tavern is run by the third and fourth generation of the Duarte family. Back in the 1890’s, . . . — Map (db m67516) HM
California (San Mateo County), Pescadero — 949 — First Congregational Church of Pescadero
Built in May 1867, this is the oldest church building on its original site within the San Mateo-Santa Clara County region. Its classical revival style reflects the cultural background of pioneer Yankee settlers of the South San Francisco peninsula . . . — Map (db m141) HM
California (San Mateo County), Pescadero — Methodist Episcopal Church of Pescadero
This Property Has Been Placed On The NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES By The United States Department Of The Interior National Register of Historic Places Statement of Significance: Building/structure dates: 1890 initial . . . — Map (db m12539) HM
California (San Mateo County), Pescadero — 2008-12 — Methodist Episcopal Church of Pescadero
The Methodist Episcopal Church of Pescadero built between 1889 and 1890 is based on an interpretation of a design presented in a pattern book published by the church. No other Methodist Episcopal churches built from the same plan exist in this . . . — Map (db m92653) HM
California (San Mateo County), Pescadero — Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic ParkA Rich and Colorful History
Pre-1800s: Ohlone Indians inhabit the coast Early 1800s: Spanish name Punta de las Balenas - Whale Point 1850s: Clipper ship Carrier Pigeon wrecks on the rocks that are thereafter called Pigeon Point 1860: Boom and . . . — Map (db m93355) HM
California (San Mateo County), Pescadero — 930 — Pigeon Point Lighthouse
This brick lighthouse was built to incorporate a French first order Fresnel lens. Although no longer used, the lens is still operable in the lantern room. Previously the lens had been installed at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. It first flashed over . . . — Map (db m2541) HM
California (San Mateo County), Pescadero — 906 — Steele Brothers' Dairy Ranches
Beginning in the 1850's the Steele Brothers pioneered one of the first large-scale commercial cheese and dairy businesses in California. They extended their operations from Point Reyes to Rancho Punta de Año Nuevo in 1862. This 7000 acre ranch . . . — Map (db m92651) HM
California (San Mateo County), Pescadero — Steele RanchDickerman Barn
Today the cow barn is the visitor center for the Marine Education Center, the horse barn serves as a theater and classroom, and the smaller, two-story creamery building is the volunteer headquarters and park office. Coastal Dairy The . . . — Map (db m92639) HM
California (San Mateo County), Portola Valley — 825 — Casa de Tableta
This structure, built by Felix Buelna in the 1850s, served as a gambling retreat and meeting place for Mexican-Californios. It was strategically located on the earliest trail used both by rancheros and American settlers crossing the peninsula to the . . . — Map (db m11992) HM
California (San Mateo County), Portola Valley — Hallidie Tramway
In 1894 Andrew Hallidie, inventor of San Francisco’s cable cars, built an aerial tramway on his hillside property, Eagle Home Farm. It served as a model for prospective customers. The tramway stretched 7,341 ft from this vicinity to a station near . . . — Map (db m18467) HM
California (San Mateo County), Portola Valley — 909 — Our Lady of the Wayside
Built in 1912 this country church was the first executed design of noted architect, Timothy L. Pflueger, who had just begun work for James Miller. An awareness of the Spanish California Missions inspired the style, which contrasts with the large . . . — Map (db m18463) HM
California (San Mateo County), Portola Valley — SMA-025 — Portola Primary School
Portola Primary School was built in 1909. The bell was moved in 1893 from the abandoned Searsville School. The building served as the First town hall when the town of Portola Valley was incorporated in 1964. It was acquired by the town in 1976. . . . — Map (db m25052) HM
California (San Mateo County), Redwood City — 2 — "Old" San Mateo County Courthouse
In 1858, Simon M. Mezes donated land to the county so that a courthouse could be built. This is the third courthouse built on this exact site and the forth built in the property. In 1903, the architectural firm of Dodge and Dolliver designed a domed . . . — Map (db m32621) HM
California (San Mateo County), Redwood City — A. C. Argo
Principal of Sequoia High School Superintendent of Sequoia Union High School District 1921 – 1948 In the room at the foot of this tower Mr. Argo and his Board shaped policies of enduring importance to the Sequoia Union High School . . . — Map (db m41619) HM
California (San Mateo County), Redwood City — Al Terremere1930-1951
Al Terremere is a member of the Sequoia Sports Hall of Fame as both an athlete and a coach. Al was All-League in both football and baseball during his Sequoia playing career, and captured multiple championships in both baseball and football as a . . . — Map (db m62605) HM
California (San Mateo County), Redwood City — Alhambra Theater
The finest playhouse between San Francisco and San Jose opened here January 20, 1896. In 1921, the building was purchased by Redwood City Masonic Lodge which was instituted August 28, 1863. — Map (db m62625) HM
California (San Mateo County), Redwood City — California Square
This was a public plaza in the Mezesville townsite, and was a park until 1959 when it was given to San Mateo County for a Hall of Justice and Records. — Map (db m62577) HM
California (San Mateo County), Redwood City — California SquareThe Path of History
California Square was a parcel of land located north of Marshall Street, between Hamilton and Winslow, diagonally located across the street from the Courthouse. The site was originally designated as a public park plaza in the Town of Mezesville . . . — Map (db m62599) HM
California (San Mateo County), Redwood City — Carrington HallNamed in Honor of Otis M. Carrington — (1884 – 1964)
Otis M. Carrington is best remembered as one of the world’s foremost composers of operettas for children. In 1912, Mr. Carrington wrote “The Windmills of Holland”. It was the first of more than forty operettas to come from his hand, and . . . — Map (db m41602) HM
California (San Mateo County), Redwood City — Diller-Chamberlain Gen. Store/American Hotel-American House/Sequoia Hotel/Bank of San Mateo CountyRedwood City - Path of History
(Four markers are mounted on this pedestal.) Diller-Chamberlain General Store (Quong Lee Laundry) 726 Main Street J.V. Diller had this one-story brick building constructed in 1859 to house his general store, historically . . . — Map (db m62623) HM
California (San Mateo County), Redwood City — Diller's Island
Children and teachers crossed footbridges to reach the "Island" public school here from 1864 to 1895 — Map (db m60491) HM
California (San Mateo County), Redwood City — Embarcadero Turning Basin SiteThis is the site of the beginning of Redwood City! — The Path of History
You are standing over what was once Redwood City’s original waterfront, made up of creeks, tidal basins, and a fresh-water slough, providing the start of lumber, shipping and shipbuilding trades for the area. The tidal basins south of Bradford . . . — Map (db m62622) HM
California (San Mateo County), Redwood City — Eureka Corner
A hotel on this site, owned by Harry N. Morse and Daniel W. Balch, was the site of the first town meeting in 1854. Residents rejected a Mezesville government. — Map (db m25569) HM
California (San Mateo County), Redwood City — Fire Station No. 1
The Redwood City Volunteer Fire Department started in 1861, and was the first non-profit organization in San Mateo County. It wasn’t until 1921 when this building at 1044 Middlefield Road was built that the firefighters finally received a salary. . . . — Map (db m60490) HM
California (San Mateo County), Redwood City — Former Site of Sequoia High SchoolThe Path of History
Sequoia High School started September 16, 1895 with 53 students attending classes held on the third floor of the Redwood City Grammar School (replaced by the building now housing the Fox Theatre one block down Broadway). At that time, the building . . . — Map (db m62621) HM
California (San Mateo County), Redwood City — Fox Theater
This property has been Placed on the National Register of Historic Places By the United States Department of the Interior 1928 — Map (db m41621) HM
California (San Mateo County), Redwood City — Grand Army of the Republic Memorial
(front): To the memory of California's Patriotic dead who served during the war for the Union Mustered out (back): Erected by the grateful people of San Mateo All honor to the nations defenders — Map (db m62672) WM
California (San Mateo County), Redwood City — In Memoriam George Edgar Filkins
1st Lieut. 15th U.S. Infty. Born at Aurora, N.Y. August 1, 1842 Died at San Francisco May 15, 1887 At the age of 19 he enlisted in the 1st. Regt. Wis. Volunteer Infty. He fought in the Battles of Falling Water, Chattanoogo (sic), . . . — Map (db m62670) HM WM
California (San Mateo County), Redwood City — Lathrop House
A classic example of early "Steamboat Gothic" architecture erected in 1863 as the residence of San Mateo County's first Clerk, Recorder and Assessor, Benjamin G. Lathrop. Later the residence of General Patrick Edward Connor and Sheriff Joel . . . — Map (db m25522) HM
California (San Mateo County), Redwood City — Lathrop-Connor-Mansfield HouseThe Path of History
This home housed three families of historical significance. B.G. Lathrop who had the house built in 1863 was San Mateo County’s first clerk-recorder and assessor, serving until 1864 when he became Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for San Mateo . . . — Map (db m62579) HM
California (San Mateo County), Redwood City — New Sequoia/Fox TheatreFormer site of the Central Grammar School — The Path of History
This block of Broadway underwent a number of major changes during the first half of the twentieth century. It started out as the Central Grammar School in 1895 (legally named “Redwood City Public School”) shown at the left above. Part . . . — Map (db m62580) HM
California (San Mateo County), Redwood City — Old San Mateo County CourthouseThe Path of History
Simon M. Mezes, owner of the land that now includes most of Downtown Redwood City, donated a block to the newly-formed San Mateo County in 1858 so that a courthouse could be built. There were eventually four courthouses built on this property. . . . — Map (db m62598) HM
California (San Mateo County), Redwood City — Redwood City Arch
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 . . . — Map (db m41623) HM
California (San Mateo County), Redwood City — Redwood City War Memorial
World War 11 Corporal James Lindsay Wilson V.F.W. Post No. 2310 In memoriam to the following Redwood City men who gave their lives in World War II 1941 – 1945 Raymond J. Barra • Russell V. Braca • Everett F. Bottena • Robert . . . — Map (db m62846) WM
California (San Mateo County), Redwood City — S.M. Mezes
In memory of S.M. Mezes Founder of Mezesville Now Redwood City Donor of this plaza For the enjoyment Of all people — Map (db m62602) HM
California (San Mateo County), Redwood City — Sequoia Union High School
. . . — Map (db m25526) HM
California (San Mateo County), Redwood City — Sequoia Veterans Memorial
[Emblems of the California National Guard, United States Air Force, The United States Marine Corps, United States Army, United States Navy, United States Coast Guard, United States Merchant Marines are displayed across the top of the monument. The . . . — Map (db m26244) HM
California (San Mateo County), Redwood City — Solari Family Windmill
This windmill was built in the 1880’s on the Solari farm, located at Whipple Avenue and Old County Road in Redwood City. It was move in the 1930’s to the new family farm located on Manzanita Street near Middlefield Road and the railroad tracks, . . . — Map (db m62671) HM
California (San Mateo County), Redwood City — Solari Windmill
This reconstructed windmill was originally built in the 1890's on the George Solari family farm which was located near Whipple Avenue and Old County Road in Redwood City. When the area was subdivided in the 1930's, the windmill was moved to the new . . . — Map (db m93230) HM
California (San Mateo County), Redwood City — Soledad O. de Arguello1897 - 1874
Left Side - English She donated 59,000 acres of land for the benefit of all people. Right Side - Spanish Donadora de 59,000 acres par beneficio de la comunidad — Map (db m62575) HM
California (San Mateo County), Redwood City — 3 — The Pioneer StoreDiller-Chamberlain Store — Historic Trail Site #3
Redwood City Historic Landmark No.2 National Register Historic District This Brick Building was constructed in 1859 as a general store for J.V. Diller, who became Redwood City's first mayor in 1867. From 1875 until 1911, P.P. . . . — Map (db m25528) HM
California (San Mateo County), Redwood City — The Tradition of Sequoia’s Class Plaques
Sequoia Union High School was founded in Redwood City in 1895, having two downtown locations before moving to the present site in 1924. With the exception of the Class of 1917, the tradition of installing graduation year plaques began with the first . . . — Map (db m55258) HM
California (San Mateo County), Redwood City — 816 — Union Cemetery
Union Cemetery's name reflects the controversy that erupted in the Civil War, three years after the cemetery's beginnings in 1859. Pro- and anti- slavery feelings ran high in California, and the founders of the cemetery strongly opposed the . . . — Map (db m3296) HM
California (San Mateo County), San Bruno — First Shipboard Landing
On 18 January 1911, EUGENE ELY flew a Curtis Pusher biplane from this location, Tanforan Park, and landed on a wooden platform constructed aboard the Navy Cruiser USS Pennsylvania anchored in the San Francisco Bay. The first shipboard landing, an . . . — Map (db m18414) HM
California (San Mateo County), San Bruno — Seabiscuit
Seabiscuit Born 1933 Sired by Hard Tack – Out of Swing On Owner – Charles S. Howard Jockeys Red Pollard – George Woolf World’s Champion Money Winner to 1938 — Map (db m18406) HM
California (San Mateo County), San Bruno — 934 — Tanforan Assembly Center Commemorative Garden
This garden memorializes a time when this site, then the Tanforan Park Racetrack, was transformed into a temporary assembly center for persons of Japanese ancestry. On February 19, 1942, in the absence of charges or due process of law, President . . . — Map (db m25573) HM
California (San Mateo County), San Bruno — 934 — Tanforan Racetrack Japanese Assembly Center
Racetrack opened in 1899 and had racing seasons until it burned down in 1964. Many famous horses raced and won here. In 1942, Tanforan became a temporary assembly center for over 4000 persons of Japanese ancestry who were to be interned for the . . . — Map (db m18410) HM
California (San Mateo County), San Carlos — City of San Carlos Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to the lasting memory of those from the City of San Carlos and San Carlos High School who gave their lives while serving with the Armed Forces of the United States of America during the Vietnam War and in the Persian Gulf. They fought . . . — Map (db m18337) WM
California (San Mateo County), San Carlos — Pan American Airways "Philippine Clipper" Martin (M-130) NC-14715
Lat 39 - 04'N • Long 123 - 16'W In Remembrance Pan American Airways "Philippine Clipper" Martin (M-130) NC-14715 November 14, 1935 - January, 21, 1943 History Total hours in the air 14,628. After eight years of flying . . . — Map (db m92279) HM WM
California (San Mateo County), San Carlos — San Carlos Depot
Erected 1888 Deeded as use as a railroad depot by John W. Brittan Site of the first San Carlos Telegraph Post Office and Library An Historical Site Dedicated 1976 — Map (db m41451) HM
California (San Mateo County), San Carlos — San Carlos Station1888 - 1988
Southern Pacific constructed this station in 1888 to meet the needs of the new town of San Carlos. The use of the Richardsonian Romanesque Revival style of architecture was exceedingly rare for railroad depots in California. This style and the use . . . — Map (db m11041) HM
California (San Mateo County), San Carlos — Thaddeus Kerns
Born June 5, 1884, Santa Ana, California; Died July 15, 1913, Chico, California Inspired by accounts of the first public flights of Wilber and Orville Wright, Chico resident Thaddeus Kerns constructed and flew a hang glider of his own . . . — Map (db m92281) HM
California (San Mateo County), San Gregorio — 26 — Portola Camp
Captain Gaspar de Portola and his party of Spanish explorers, journeying overland from San Diego in a fruitless search for Monterey Bay, camped here by San Gregorio Creek for a three day rest and treatment of their sick, October 24-27, 1769. Having . . . — Map (db m11032) HM
California (San Mateo County), San Gregorio — San Gregorio House
The San Gregorio House was built in 1865 by C.W.T. Carter, and opened in 1866. It is located ten miles south of Half Moon Bay, situated in one of the most beautiful of the coast valleys, being very near the ocean, with a salubrious climate and no . . . — Map (db m28085) HM
California (San Mateo County), San Mateo — Central Park and The Kohl Pumphouse
The site of the Central Park is possibly the sole surviving example of the late nineteenth century estates once so numerous on the Peninsula. Charles B. Polhemus, Director of the San Francisco & San Jose Railroad and founder of Central San . . . — Map (db m28712) HM
California (San Mateo County), San Mateo — Central Park Veterans Memorial
This monument is dedicated by the citizens of San Mateo in gratitude to the men and women of our community who served courageously and unselfishly in the defense of great national peril and in memory of those citizens who made the supreme sacrifice . . . — Map (db m29183) HM
California (San Mateo County), San Mateo — Central Park Veterans Memorial
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California (San Mateo County), San Mateo — Central Park Veterans Memorial - Screaming Eagles Grove
In honor of San Mateos adopted sons of the 101st. Airborne Division and native sons and daughters who served proudly in Vietnam and the Persian Gulf. — Map (db m29184) WM
California (San Mateo County), San Mateo — Central Park Veterans Memorial – Japanese American Combat Team
In Memory of 442nd Japanese American Combat Team and their families "Go For Broke"Map (db m29186) HM
California (San Mateo County), San Mateo — 1923 — Central Park Veterans Memorial – World War I
This tree planted May 30th 1923 By San Mateo Post No.82 American Legion In Honor of those who served in World War I 1917 – 1919 — Map (db m29181) HM
California (San Mateo County), San Mateo — First Business StructureHistoric House
Two plaques, one above the other First Business Structure Public necessity in 1964 required the demolition of the historic house referred to by the accompanying plaque; this marker is placed to perpetuate its memory and to . . . — Map (db m93314) HM
California (San Mateo County), San Mateo — Higurashi-en"Garden Worthy of a Days Contemplation"
This authentic historic oriental garden and tea house was first developed in the 1880's by Peninsula pioneer Henry Bowie. The property later became part of the Eugene de Sabla estate. Joan and Achille Paladini, current owners have restored the . . . — Map (db m93312) HM
California (San Mateo County), San Mateo — 47 — Historic Camp SiteJuan Bautista de Anza Expedition
Here on the banks of San Mateo Creek Captain J. B. de Anza camped. March 29,1776, after exploring the peninsula and selecting the sites for the Mission and Presidio of San Francisco. Here also the party of families, soldiers, and priests, on the way . . . — Map (db m18418) HM
California (San Mateo County), San Mateo — History of San Mateo’s Bridges
In 1923, the cities of San Mateo, Burlingame, and Hillsborough began planning for a bridge to link the San Francisco Bay peninsula cities with East Bay and Central Valley communities. Even after the Dumbarton Bridge opened, in 1927, these . . . — Map (db m28727) HM
California (San Mateo County), San Mateo — 393 — Mission Hospice
Here stood the MISSION HOSPICE built around 1800 by the Spanish Padres on El Camino Real to break the journey from Santa Clara and serve the Indians of Mission Dolores. — Map (db m18417) HM
California (San Mateo County), San Mateo — 100 — Morse’s Corners
Originally, Michael Carey’s brick store, 1875 – later acquired by A.T. Bartlett and G. Fisher. C. M. Morse’s Drug Store, also Fisher Hotel. First San Mateo telephone, 1883. First San Mateo Fire Department organized here, 1887. Strebel . . . — Map (db m29548) HM
California (San Mateo County), San Mateo — Pacific City
The idea to build an amusement park at this site was conceived by local civic leaders. This park would rival those at Coney Island and Atlantic City. The Pacific City site was 90 acres, stretching from Peninsula Avenue to Burlingame Avenue and . . . — Map (db m28780) HM
California (San Mateo County), San Mateo — San Mateo’s First Residents
There are few traces left of San Mateo’s First Residents Before the Europeans arrived, Native Americans living in the San Mateo area were known as the Salson. The Salson have been grouped with the Ohlone or Costanoan people. The Salson . . . — Map (db m29549) HM
California (San Mateo County), San Mateo — St. Denis Church and Cemetery
One half mile south of this site stood the first church in San Mateo County. Dedicated in 1853 by Catholic Archbishop Joseph S. Alemany. He named it after St. Denis to honor the founder, Dennis Martin, pioneer lumberman and farmer, who also . . . — Map (db m72481) HM
California (San Mateo County), Woodside — A Monument to Water
Here on October 28, 1934, an eager audience celebrated the roar of Hetch Hetchy water as it rushed to the Peninsula for the first time. An adequate supply of high-quality drinking water was finally a reality for the Bay Area. — Map (db m92635) HM
California (San Mateo County), Woodside — 907 — FiloliFight – Love – Live
This country estate was begun in 1915 for Mr. and Mrs. William B. Bourn, II. Architect Willis J. Polk designed a modified Georgian Style country house. Subsequently the carriage house and garden pavilion were executed by Arthur Brown. The formal . . . — Map (db m18450) HM
California (San Mateo County), Woodside — 478 — First Saw Mill
About three hundred feet south of this monument on the banks of Alambique Creek, stood San Mateo County's first saw mill. Built by Charles Brown in 1847. About the same time Dennis Martin was building a second mill on San Francisquito Creek. Both . . . — Map (db m18478) HM
California (San Mateo County), Woodside — Folger Stable c.1905Folger Estate Stable Historic District
Erected by coffee magnate James A Folger II, and designed by Arthur Brown Jr., who designed the San Francisco Opera House and City Hall, the stable is an example of the so-called "Victorian Gothic Style". Famed for it's decorative elements, it had . . . — Map (db m56579) HM
California (San Mateo County), Woodside — In Memoriam The Aircraft "Resolution"
The Australian company British Commonwealth Pacific Airlines DC-6B, VH-BPE, on a scheduled flight from Sydney to San Francisco with a final destination of Vancouver, Canada, crashed on Kings Mountain in San Mateo County during the morning hours of . . . — Map (db m70332) HM
California (San Mateo County), Woodside — The Chinese Wallsat Folger Estate Stable
These stone walls are part of a network of trails and roads built by Chinese immigrants. In 1872 Simon L. Jones bought 1,500 acres of timberland in Woodside and developed them into farmlands, orchards and vineyards with the use of Chinese labor. . . . — Map (db m63621) HM
California (San Mateo County), Woodside — 474 — Town of Searsville
Here stood the lumberman’s village of Searsville whose first settler, John Sears, came in 1854. Across the road westerly from this monument stood a hotel. The school, store, blacksmith shop, and dwellings were to the southeast. Some on the site of . . . — Map (db m10711) HM
California (San Mateo County), Woodside — Town of West Union1853 ~ 1910
The town of West Union stood between today’s Edgewood Road and Raymundo Drive in Woodside. The town was originally developed by the employees of two lumber mills on West Union Creek established by Willard Whipple. Farming supplemented the lumber . . . — Map (db m15977) HM
California (San Mateo County), Woodside — 93 — Woodside Store
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 . . . — Map (db m86793) HM

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