San Mateo County History

San Mateo County
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Daly City
East Palo Alto
Foster City
Half Moon Bay
Menlo Park
Portola Valley
Redwood City
San Bruno
San Carlos
San Mateo
South San Francisco


Lunn, John, History of Atherton, Atherton District Council, 1971. Atherton, Calif.

Norris, Barbara S.. Atherton recollections, edited by Barbara S. Norris [and] Sally L. Bush ; ill. by Dennis Nolan Atherton, Calif. : Published by the Town of Atherton, 1973.

History of Atherton

Atherton Police History

Palo Alto Online: Neighborhoods-Atherton


Belmont, California As We Remember It, Belmont, CA:  c1978.

Dewing, Ria Elena.  Heritage of the Wooded Hills, A Belmont History, Belmont, CA: Belmont Chamber of Commerce, 1977.

Estep, Russel Adin.  History of Belmont, California, Belmont CA: Belmont Chamber of Commerce, 1969.

Estep, Russel Adin.  History of Belmont (series of newspaper columns), San Carlos, CA, San Carlos-Belmont Enquirer Bulletin, various issues 1981-1989.

Svanevik, Michael.  Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, A History of Change, San Francisco, CA: Custom and Limited Editions, 1997.

Belmont's History

Belmont Historical Society

Ralston Hall History

Bits of History photographs by the Peninsula Library System

Historic Sites:

Ralston Hall (CA State Historical Landmark No.856) (National Register of Historic Places No.66000234)

Campus of Notre Dame de Namur University, 1500 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA


Oral History Associates, Inc.  A Spirit of Independence:  A History of Brisbane Before Incorporation.  Sausalito, CA: Oral History Associates, Inc., 1986.
(also available online)

Oral History Associates, Inc.  Brisbane, City of Stars : The First Twenty-five Years, 1961-1986.  Sausalito, CA:  Oral History Associates, Inc.,  c1989.

City of Brisbane.  Born of Fire : In Praise of Brisbane Volunteers.  Brisbane CA: City of Brisbane, c1992.

A Brief History of Brisbane

A Spirit of Independence:  A History of Brisbane Before Incorporation


Burlingame : Lively Memories, A Pictorial Review, Burlingame Historical Society, Burlingame, CA, 1977.

The Story of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Burlingame, California: Its History and Its People 1908 to the Present, St. Paul's, Burlingame, CA, 1997.

Evans, Beverley Louise, Burlingame: Evolution of a Suburban Landscape, 1976.

Hoag, Betty Lochrie, Southern Burlingame, by,  Northern California Savings, 1973.

Hooper, Bill, History of Burlingame Fire Department, published by the author, 1940.

Johnstone, Parker, History of Burlingame Hills, Hillsborough Boutique, Burlingame, CA.,1972.

Lister, Constance, ed. by Geoffrey Currall, A History of Burlingame, The Burlingame Historical Society, 1978.

Postel, Mitchell, History of the Burlingame Country Club, Burlingame Country Club : San Mateo County Historical Association, Burlingame, CA, 1982.

Stanger, Frank M., Burlingame, California; A Short Journey Into History, 1908-1958, Typo Press, 1958.

Svanevik, Michael, Burlingame: City of Trees, Boutique & Villager: Custom & Limited Editions, San Francisco, CA, 1997.

Burlingame Facts-History by Vinther Properties

Burlingame History by Computer Spectrum

Memories of Burlingame by Burlingame Historical Society

Burlingame 1915 school photo

Burlingame-History of Roosevelt School

Burlingame Depot photo

Bits of History photographs by the Peninsula Library System

Historic Sites:

Burlingame Railroad Station, Burlingame Ave. and California Dr., Burlingame

Kohl Mansion (also known as Mercy High School), 2750 Adeline Dr., Burlingame


Jensen, Mattrup, Early history of colma, Daly City Public Library, l967.

Svanevik, Michael, City of souls : San Francisco's necropolis at Colma, San Francisco, CA : Custom & Limited Editions, 1995.

Svanevik, Michael, Pillars of the past : at rest at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, Calif. : Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation, 2002.

Brief History of Colma by the Town of Colma

Bits of History photographs by the Peninsula Library System

Daly City

Chandler, Samuel C.  Gateway to the Peninsula, Official History of Daly City, California, Daly City, CA

Verducci, Richard A.  The City of Daly City, California, Daly City, CA

Gillespie, Bunny.  The Great Daly City Historical Trivia Book,Daly City, CA:  Gillsepie & Co., 1986.

Gillespie, Bunny.  Images of America: Daly City.  Arcadia Publishing, San Francisco, CA, 2003.

Mahoney, Marie M.  Reflections on Mary's Help Hospital and Seton Medical Center, 1893-1985, Daly City, CA:  The Center, 1985.

Diran, Edward. Cow Palace Great Moments, Cow Palace Tales, San Mateo, CA:  Western Book/Journal Press, 1991.

Winn, Bernard C.   From "The Top of the Hill", Growing up in the Daly City of the '20s and '30s, San Francisco, CA: Incline Press, 1999.

Kirchhubel, George. Daly City History, Daly City, CA:  Daly City Public Library 1973.

Biographies of Daly City Pioneers, Daly City, CA:  Daly City Public Library, [196-?].

Daly City - Colma History: Excerpts from Film and Newspaper and Excerpts from History of San Mateo County, Daly City, CA:  Daly City Public Library  [196-?].

History of Daly City

Daly City Earthquake of 1957

Personal Recollections of the 1957 Daly City Earthquake

John Daly's Ranch/San Mateo Dairy (1892 photo)

1915 Crocker School Photograph by A.G.C. Hahn

Historic Landmarks:
Broderick/Terry Dueling Place (CA State Historical Landmark No.19)
1100 Lake Merced Blvd, Daly City

East Palo Alto

Isaac D. Stevenson Jr., A Brief Look at East Palo Alto's History, January 1978.

Werner Foss Jr., History of Ravenswood, 1942.

A History of East Palo Alto by

The History of East Palo Alto by

Foster City

Brewer Island today, Foster City tomorrow, Wilsey, Ham & Blair. Millbrae, Calif. : Wilsey, Ham & Blair, [1960?].
A New Town Comes of Age:  Foster City, California, Foster City Chamber of Commerce, 1985.
Images of America:  Foster City, Arcadia Publishing, 2005.

History of Foster City by Foster City

Half Moon Bay

Gualtieri, Kathryn, Half Moon Bay: The Birth of a Coastside Town, published by the Spanishtown Historical Society, Half Moon Bay, CA, 1988.

Hynding, Alan, From Frontier to Suburb, The Story of the San Mateo Peninsula, Star Publishing, Belmont, 1982.

Morrall, June, Half Moon Bay Memories: The Coastside's Colorful Past, published by Moon Beam Press, El Granada, CA, 1978.

Stanger, Frank M., South from San Francisco, The Life Story of San Mateo County, San Mateo Historical Association, 1963.

Coastside History by Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce

Brief History of Half Moon Bay (Spanishtown) by Spanishtown Historical Society

Half Moon Bay-Main Street 1915 photo

Half Moon Bay-Masonic Lodge History

Bits of History photographs by the Peninsula Library System


Svanevik, Michael, No Sidewalks Here: A Pictorial History of Hillsborough, Concours d'Elegance, 1992.

History by Town of Hillsborough

Hillsborough Facts: Early History by Vinther Properties

Menlo Park

Cleese, John I.  Tales of Old Menlo, Menlo Park, CA:  Menlo Park Historical Association, 1994.

Hopkins, Martha B.  A P/U* History of Menlo Park (*Partial and Un-official), Menlo Park, CA:  Hopkins, 1975.

Kreuz, Charmayne.  A Tradition of New Horizons: The Story of Menlo Park, Commemorating Its 1874 Incorporation, Menlo Park, CA:  City of Menlo Park, 1974.

Pearce, Stanley.  Lift Up Your Hearts:  A History of Trinity Parish, Menlo Park, Menlo Park, CA:  Trinity Parish, 1974.

Pierce, Cliff.  The Webb Ranch: Pioneers to Pumpkins, Berries, Barns, & Bygones, Menlo Park, CA:  Prodigy Press, 2000.

Prior, Leland Stanford.  When Menlo Park Was Farm Country, Prior Brothers Ranch, 1868-1928, Menlo Park, CA:  Menlo Park Historical Association, 1982.

San Mateo County Historical Association.  City Of Menlo Park Historic Building Survey, Menlo Park, CA: The Association, 1990.

St. Patrick's Seminary.  St. Patrick's Seminary Patrician, A History, 1898-1998, Menlo Park, CA:  St. Patrick's Seminary, 1998.

Svanevik, Michael.  Menlo Park, California, Beyond the Gate, San Francisco, CA:  Custom & Limited Editions,  2000.

History of St. Denis Parish

1915 Menlo Park Public School Photograph by A.G.C. Hahn

Early Days in Menlo Park

Historic Sites:

Barron-Latham-Hopkins Gate Lodge (National Register of Historic Places No.86001951)
555 Ravenswood Ave, Menlo Park, CA

Church of The Nativity (National Register of Historic Places No.80000855)
210 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park, CA

1769 Portolá Expedition Journey's End (CA State Historical Landmark No.2)
Intersection of East Creek Drive and Alma Street, Menlo Park, CA

Menlo Park Railroad Station (CA Historical Landmark No.955) (National Register of Historic Places No.74000556)
1100 Merrill Ave, Menlo Park, CA
Constructed in 1867, this is the oldest passenger railroad station in California.


Fredricks, Darold E., Millbrae : a place in the sun, San Bruno History Association, 1991.

Harris, Audrey E., History of Millbrae, Millbrae Historical Society, 197?.

History of the City by The City of Millbrae


Drake, Bill & Hunter, Chris.  Images of America:  Pacifica.  Arcadia Publishing, San Francisco, CA. 2002.

Margolin, Malcolm, The Ohlone Way.  Heydey Books, Berkeley, CA 1978.

Morrall, June.  Half Moon Bay Memories, The Coastside's Colorful Past. Moonbeam Press, El Granada, CA 1978.

City of Pacifica


Transitions: Montara to Pescadero, An Oral History.  Redwood City, CA:  Canada College, 1977.

A Look Back at the Coast's Vibrant Past

1915 Pescadero Public School Photograph by A.G.C. Hahn

Historic Sites:

Dickerman-Steele Barn (National Register of Historic Places No.82002259)
Cabrillo Hwy., Pescadero, CA

The Isaac Steele Ranch (aka Green Oaks Ranch House) (National Register of Historic Places No.76000526)
13 mi. S of Pescadero on CA 1, Pescadero, CA

First Congregational Church of Pesdadero (CA State Historical Landmark No.949) (National Register of Historic Places No.80000856)
San Gregorio Street, Pesacadero, CA
(Built May 1867, the oldest church building on it's original site in San Mateo County)

Methodist Episcopal Church of Pescadero (aka Native Sons & Daughters of the Golden West Parlors) (National Register of Historic Places No.82002260)
108 San Gregorio St., Pescadero, CA

Pigeon Point Lighthouse (National Register of Historic Places No.77000337)
South of Pescadero at Pigeon Point off CA 1, Pescadero, CA

St. Anthony's Church (National Register of Historic Places No.82004983)
North Street, Pescadero, CA

Portola Valley

Lund, Nancy and Pamela Gullard.  Life on the San Andreas Fault, A History of Portola Valley.  Scotwall Associates, 2003.

History of Portola Valley

Historic Sites:

Casa de Tableta (aka Buelna's Roadhouse) (CA State Historical Landmark No.825) (National Register of Historic Places No.73000447)
3915 Alpine Rd at Arastradero Rd, Portola Valley, CA
1850's structure built by Felix Buelna, served as a gambling retreat and meeting place for Mexican-Californios

Our Lady of the Wayside Roman Catholic Church (CA State Historical Landmark No.909) (National Register of Historic Places No.77000338)
930 Portola Rd, Portola Valley, CA

Portola Valley School (aka Primary School) (National Register of Historic Places No.74000557)
775 Portola Rd., Portola Valley, CA

Redwood City

Davey Properties.  The History of Redwood City.  Redwood City, CA: 1988.

Edmonds, John G.  Union Cemetery, Redwood City, California, The People, Their Lives, Their Communities Including the Towns of Searsville, Summit Springs and West Union.  Redwood City, CA:  Historic Union Cemetery Association, 2000.

Hext, Kathleen.  History of the Redwood City Public Library, 1939-1970.

James, Betty LouAnn.  History of the Redwood City Public Library, Redwood City, California, 1865-1939 : A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of the Department of Librarianship, San Jose State College. 1971

Robinson, Merrily.  History of Redwood City (unpublished typescript).  Redwood City, CA: 1976.

Redwood City Local History

Main Street 1915 Photograph by A.G.C. Hahn

Redwood City-Sequoia Hotel 1915 Photograph by A.G.C. Hahn

History of the First Congregational Church (oldest Protestant Church in San Mateo County)

Bits of History photographs by the Peninsula Library System

Historic Sites:

Lathrop House (National Register of Historic Places No.73000448)
627 Hamilton St., Redwood City, CA

New Sequoia Theater Building (aka Fox Theater) (National Register of Historic Places No.94000431)
2211--2235 Broadway St., Redwood City, CA

Redwood City Historic Commercial Buildings (National Register of Historic Places No.77000339)
Broadway and Main Sts., Redwood City, CA

San Mateo County Courthouse (National Register of Historic Places No.77000340)
Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA

San Bruno

Fredricks, Darold E.  San Bruno People and Places, San Bruno, CA:  San Bruno History Association, 1989.

Fredricks, Darold E.  Images of America:  San Bruno, San Francisco, CA:  Arcadia Publishing, 2003.

National Asian American Telecommunications Association.  Tanforan: Race Rrack to Assembly Center.  San Francisco, CA:  CrossCurrent Media; 1995. (VHS videotape)

Shoecraft, Don.  The History of San Bruno, San Bruno, CA:  75th Anniversary Committee, City of San Bruno, 1989.

History of San Bruno

History of St. Robert's Catholic Church

History of St. Robert's Catholic School

Tanforan History

Annual Posy Parade

Downtown San Bruno, San Mateo Avenue, 1950's Photograph

Bits of History  photographs by the Peninsula Library System

Historic Sites:

San Francisco Bay Discovery Site (National Register of Historic Places No.68000022)
4 mi. W of San Bruno via Skyline Dr. and Sneath Lane, San Bruno, CA

Temporary Detention Camps for Japanes Americans, Tanforan Assembly Center (CA State Historical Landmark No.934)
Tanforan Park Shopping Center, El Camino Real @ Sneath Lane, San Bruno, CA

San Carlos

Bartron, Wally.  San Carlos Editorial Cartoons, San Carlos, CA:  Museum of San Carlos History, 2003.

Drake, Fred Hugh. The History Of San Carlos, California, From Portola to First American, San Carlos, CA: date unk.

Garvey, Linda Wickert.  San Carlos Stories, An Oral History for the City of Good Living, San Carlos, CA:  The City of San Carlos, 2000.

Mahany, Effie C.  Through the Years In San Carlos, San Carlos, CA: San Carlos Villagers, c1967.

San Carlos Villagers.  A Short Walk Through San Carlos History, San Carlos, CA: c1982.

San Mateo County Historical Association.  San Carlos Historical Walk, San Carlos, CA: San Carlos Healthy City Project, c1994.

San Carlos Depot 1915 Photograph by A.G.C. Hahn

Historic Sites:

Brittan, Nathanial, Party House (National Register of Historic Places No.94001500)
125 Dale Ave., San Carlos, CA

Southern Pacific Depot (National Register of Historic Places No.84001191)
559 El Camino Real, San Carlos, CA

San Mateo

Burke, Winifred M.  San Mateo [City] Elementary Schools : A Hundred Year History, 1854-1957.  San Mateo, CA : San Mateo City School District, 1958.

Cintel, Jeff.  Downtown City of San Mateo Historical Tour.  April 1991.

Postel, Mitchell P.  San Mateo, A Centennial History.  San Francisco, CA : Scottwall Associates, 1994.

San Mateo Facts-An Early History... by Vinter Properties

History of the City of San Mateo

Historic Photographs of the City of San Mateo

1915 San Mateo Union High School Photograph by A.G.C. Hahn

Bits of History photographs by the Peninsula Library System

Historic Sites:

Anza Expedition Camp (CA State Historical Landmark No.47)
Arroyo Court near West 3rd Avenue, San Mateo, CA

Ernest Coxhead House (aka The Scholar's Cottage) (National Register of Historic Places No.00000322)
37 E. Santa Inez Ave., San Mateo, CA

Eugene J. De Sabla Jr. Teahouse and Tea Garden (National Register of Historic Places No.92000965)
70 De Sabla Ave., San Mateo, CA

The Hospice (Mission Dolores Outpost, built ca. 1800)) (CA Historical Landmark No.393)
Southwest corner of Baywood and El Camino Real, San Mateo,  CA

Hotel St. Matthew (aka Wisnom Hotel) (National Register of Historic Places No.97001663)
215-229 Second Ave., San Mateo, CA

National Bank of San Mateo (aka Crocker-Anglo Bank) (National Register of Historic Places No.97000331)
164 South B St., San Mateo, CA

A.P. Giannini House (aka Seven Oaks) (National Register of Historic Places No.99001181)
20 El Cerrito Dr., San Mateo, CA


Regnery, Dorothy F., The History of Jasper Ridge, from Searsville Pioneers to Stanford Scientists, edited by Deane Haskin. Stanford Historical Society, Stanford. 1991.

Edmonds, John G., Union Cemetery, Redwood City, California: The People, Their Lives, Their Communities: Including the Towns of Searsville, Summit Springs and West Union, Historic Union Cemetery Association, 2000.

South San Francisco

All Souls Church, South San Francisco, CA: Custombooks, 1973.

Historical Society of South San Francisco, Inc.  Historical Landmarks of South San Francisco, South San Francisco, CA:  Historical Society, 1985.

Kauffman, Linda and Debbie Patrick.  South San Francisco, A History, South San Francisco, CA:  South San Francisco Bicentennial Committee, c1976.

South San Francisco Historical Society.  Images of America: South San Francisco.  Arcadia Publishing, San Francisco, CA, 2004.

South San Francisco History

Bits of History photographs by the Peninsula Library System

History of Buri Buri Elementary School

Historic Sites:

Martin Building (aka Metropolitan Hotel) (National Register of Historic Places No.97000043)
220 Grand Ave., South San Francisco, CA 94080

South San Francisco Hillside Sign (National Register of Historic Places No.96000761)
Sign Hill Park, N of Park Way, South San Francisco, CA


Kaphan, Marilyn M.  A History of the Woodside Library, San Jose, CA: 1972

History of Woodside

Filoli Estate & Gardens (CA State Historical Landmark No.907) (National Register of Historic Places No.75000479)

Huddart Park History

Robert's Market History

Woodside Village Church History

Woodside Vineyards

Historic Sites:

Site of the former Village of Searsville (CA State Historical Landmark No.474)
Northwest corner intersection of Sandhill Road and Portola Road, Woodside, CA

Independence Hall (aka Scout Hall) (National Register of Historic Places No.78000772)
129 Albion Ave., Woodside, CA

Mortimer Fleischhacker Estate (aka Green Gables) (National Register of Historic Places No.86002396)
329 Albin Ave., Woodside, CA

Site of San Mateo County's First Sawmill (CA State Historical Landmark No.478)
Woodside Road @ Portola Road, Woodside, CA

The Woodside Store (aka Tripp Store) (CA State Historical Landmark No.93) (National Register of Historic Places No.85001563)
471 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside, CA

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