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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Redwood City, California

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Redwood City is the county seat for San Mateo County
Redwood City is in San Mateo County
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1California, 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
2California, San Mateo County, Redwood City — A Feat of GravityThe Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System
After the 1906 earthquake and its resulting fires destroyed much of San Francisco, public support surged for a reliable water supply. This allowed San Francisco to look beyond the Bay Area to resolve the region’s growing need for reliable, . . . Map (db m202491) HM
3California, 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
4California, San Mateo County, Redwood City — Airfield1916-1939 — Stanford | Redwood City —
Redwood City was an important center for early aviation and Stanford Redwood City is located on what was once an airfield. Silas Christofferson, a visionary young pilot and engineer, bought Michael Lynch’s flower field in early 1916 and built . . . Map (db m206589) HM
5California, 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
6California, 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
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7California, San Mateo County, Redwood City — Alta California1795-1848
Spain claimed Alta California after its conquest of Mexico (1519-1521) When reports of British and Russian encroachment in Northern California began to circulate in the 1760s, Spain expanded its colonial settlements to defend the California . . . Map (db m206740) HM
8California, San Mateo County, Redwood City — Ampex Years1954-2005 — Stanford | Redwood City —
Alexander M. Poniatoff (1892-1980), a Russian immigrant to the United States, and his colleagues saw enormous commercial potential in the German recording technology they encountered during World War II. In 1944, he founded Ampex – Poniatoff’s . . . Map (db m206566) HM
9California, 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
10California, San Mateo County, Redwood City — California SquareThe Path of History Reported unreadable
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 m202534) HM
11California, 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
12California, 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.) Original Marker: 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 . . . Map (db m202732) HM
13California, San Mateo County, Redwood City — Diller's Island
Children and teachers crossed footbridges to reach the "Island" public school here from 1864 to 1895Map (db m60491) HM
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14California, 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
15California, 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
16California, 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 m202543) HM
17California, San Mateo County, Redwood City — GYP 136-07 — Fire Station No. 1
The forerunner to today’s Redwood City Fire Department began in 1861 when citizens met to establish a volunteer fire company. Known as Redwood City Fire Company No. 1, it was the first non-profit organization in San Mateo County. The first fire . . . Map (db m202544) HM
18California, San Mateo County, Redwood City — First Fire House1862 - 1869
Built for the county’s first fire engine, a building on this site, also housed the first municipal offices in 1867.Map (db m202494) HM
19California, 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
20California, 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 1928Map (db m41621) HM
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21California, San Mateo County, Redwood City — Gaspar de Portolá Expedition Campsite
The Gaspar de Portolá expedition camped twice near this marker. During Spain’s initial colonial thrust into Alta California, the exploration party headed northward from San Diego searching for Monterey Bay. At first, they did not recognize the bay . . . Map (db m199135) HM
22California, San Mateo County, Redwood City — Grand Army of the RepublicThe Historic Union Cemetery — Redwood City, CA —
The GRAND ARMY of the REPUBLIC was a fraternal organization composed of honorably discharged veterans of the Union Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Revenue Cutter Service who served in the American Civil War. Founded in 1866, it grew to include about . . . Map (db m202545) HM
23California, 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 defendersMap (db m62672) WM
24California, San Mateo County, Redwood City — Historic Connection1905 and on — Stanford | Redwood City —
The connection between Stanford University and the City of Redwood City goes back a long time. While the first students were admitted to the University on October 1, 1891 – with the mission to “qualify its students for personal success, and . . . Map (db m206511) HM
25California, San Mateo County, Redwood City — Horticultural Heritage1898-1916 — Stanford | Redwood City —
Nurseryman Michael Lynch bought the property that is now the Stanford Redwood City campus in 1898. Lynch was best known for growing violets and sweet peas for sale as cut flowers and in seed packets. In 1901, he was hired by Jane Stanford to . . . Map (db m206591) HM
26California, 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 m202538) HM WM
27California, 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 m202539) HM
28California, 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 m202540) HM
29California, San Mateo County, Redwood City — Methusela
Age Estimated - 1,860 Years Height:     Before Top Broke - 225 Ft     In 1954 - 137 Ft Diameter at Base - 14 Ft Access courtesy of California Water ServiceMap (db m202567) HM
30California, San Mateo County, Redwood City — Mezes Park
Mezes Park was donated to the public in 1854 by Simon Mezes, founder of the Town of Mezesville which became Redwood City in 1867. Originally named Park Square, the public space was bordered by B Street (now Warren Street) on the Southwest, C Street . . . Map (db m208147) HM
31California, San Mateo County, Redwood City — Mezesville1850-1900 — Stanford | Redwood City —
The discovery of gold at Sutter’s Fort in 1848 ushered in a period of rapid change in California as thousands of immigrants flooded into the state and the non-native population grew from 20,000 to 100,000 in one year. Mexico ceded California to . . . Map (db m206644) HM
32California, San Mateo County, Redwood City — Native Americans — Stanford | Redwood City —
The San Francisco Bay Area was settled by Native Americans before the end of the last Ice Age flooded the river valley (rúmmey waayi) that became San Francisco Bay (about 5,000 years ago). The ancestors (muwékmakuš) of the Muwekma . . . Map (db m206786) HM
33California, 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 of a third . . . Map (db m62580) HM
34California, San Mateo County, Redwood City — Officer Eugene A. DoranAugust 8, 1922 - August 5, 1959
In the early morning darkness on August 5, 1959, near the intersection of Skyline Blvd. and Bunker Hill Drive Hillsborough Officer Doran Stopped a 19 year old convicted felon who was on probation for burglary and interstate auto theft. The felon was . . . Map (db m202462) HM
35California, 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
36California, San Mateo County, Redwood City — Pleistocene Period2.6 Million - 11,700 Years Ago — Stanford | Redwood City —
Fossilized bones were discovered on this site in 2017 during earthwork grading operations for the Stanford Redwood City campus. The bones were found at substantial depth below the ground surface. They were determined to be from the Pleistocene . . . Map (db m206827) HM
37California, San Mateo County, Redwood City — Ralph D. Percival MemorialVista Point
State Traffic Officer California Highway Patrol Killed in the line of duty June 3, 1974Map (db m208217) HM
38California, 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
39California, San Mateo County, Redwood City — GPY 135-4 — Redwood City Fire Department150th Anniversary
On the evening of September 11, 1861, a group of concerned citizens met at the San Mateo County Courthouse. Their mission was to organize the Redwood Hose Company for the purpose of providing fire protection to the small settlement of Mezesville and . . . Map (db m202493) HM
40California, San Mateo County, Redwood City — GPY 140-09 — Redwood City Sesquicentennial
Residents of this maritime-oriented village known as Embarcadero, Mezesville, Redwood Landing, and Redwood met 150 years ago in civic action to improve muddy, impassable streets that halted commerce during the winter. Twice before, residents had met . . . Map (db m207590) HM
41California, 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
42California, San Mateo County, Redwood City — Redwood City Woman’s ClubEstablished 1909
The Redwood City Woman's Club was the first independent women's organization in Redwood City. The women of Redwood City and the vicinity formed the club to provide social, service, and educational opportunities for its members. One of . . . Map (db m186431) HM
43California, 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 peopleMap (db m62602) HM
44California, San Mateo County, Redwood City — Sequoia Union High School
. . . Map (db m25526) HM
45California, 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
46California, 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
47California, 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
48California, 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 comunidadMap (db m62575) HM
49California, San Mateo County, Redwood City — Stage Station
In 1865, Simon L. Knights began service to Searsville, Woodside, and later the coastside. In 1906, the line converted to automobiles.Map (db m202495) HM
50California, San Mateo County, Redwood City — The Path of HistoryRedwood City Walking Tour
South Panel - 1 of 4 Welcome to historic Downtown Redwood City! Step back in time, over 150 years, when much of Downtown Redwood City was made up of creeks and wharves. Discover that the town got its name, not from indigenous redwood . . . Map (db m202536) HM
51California, 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
52California, 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
53California, 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 m202537) HM
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Mar. 25, 2023