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The Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula (JLPA•MP) is opening up the historic Barron-Latham-Hopkins Gatehouse to the public for tours on Saturday, May 13. The Gatehouse is the oldest existing structure in Menlo Park and the last surviving gatehouse in the state of California.

The Gatehouse is one of only three buildings in Menlo Park to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The JLPA•MP has leased the building from the City of Menlo Park since the mid-1990s and it has rarely been seen by the public. It is important as a last remnant of the fabulous country estates that were built in the area during the 1860s.

A gatehouse is the building which stands at the entrance gate to a large estate. In this case, it was the 280-acre estate founded in 1864 by W. E. Barron, which included a 40 room mansion. Although this estate was purchased or inherited by different successful businessmen, the expenses of maintaining such a large estate thwarted their intentions to keep it intact.

By 1942, all the estate buildings had deteriorated and were removed, except for the gatehouse. It was preserved by Menlo Park’s city manager and the women of the Junior League.

Tours will run from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and tickets are $9 per person. Proceeds from the tour benefit the Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula. Tickets can be purchased online  or in person on the day of the event.

Photo courtesy of JLPA•MP

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Taking down a giant: 699 tons of SLAC’s Accelerator removed for upgrade

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For the first time in more than 50 years, a door that is opened at the western end of the historic linear accelerator at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory casts light on four empty walls stretching as far as the eye can see. This end of the linac – a full kilometer […]

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West Bay Model Railroad Association holds its annual open house on Dec. 3 & 4

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We stopped by the West Bay Model Railroad Association building in Menlo Park to chat with members about progress over the past year in advance of the group’s annual open house on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 1:00 to 6:00 pm and Sunday, Dec. 4, from 1:00 to 8:30 pm. (Note: Caltrain’s Holiday Train is scheduled to […]

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NanoFarms plants the seed for economic growth and sustainable farming

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“My mother loved gardens,” says Father George E. Schultze, S.J., “and so did my father. We normally had lots of flowers and also always tomatoes, sometimes corn. That experience has given me a love for being around a garden.” And today, as a priest at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, Fr. George is doing just […]

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Kathy Wade takes us on a tour of Holy Cross Cemetery in Menlo Park

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Holy Cross Cemetery, located at the intersection of Santa Cruz and Avy in Menlo Park, is a place that hundreds pass by daily, but we’re guessing few residents venture in, or know its history, unless they have deep Catholic roots in the community. That assumption — and a couple of upcoming  public events — prompted […]

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In honor of the Grateful Dead’s farewell concerts, a guide to Dead places in Menlo Park and Atherton

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Editor’s note: In advance of their farewell tour appearance at Levi Stadium tonight and tomorrow night. We touched base with music chronicler — and Grateful Dead historian/expert — Corry Arnold to see if he had a list of places in Menlo Park that are part of Grateful Dead lore. And sure enough, he had that […]

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St. Patrick’s Seminary is hidden gem tucked behind open gates in Menlo Park

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I have a feeling most Menlo Park residents drive right by St. Patrick’s Seminary on Middlefield Road without giving it a second thought. Maybe this photograph will make them turn up the driveway some day, go in the front door and ask to see the chapel —an awe-inspiring structure well worth the one block side trip. […]

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SLAC’s historic ‘End Station A’ hosts electron beams once again in Menlo Park

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Electrons are once again streaming into SLAC’s historic End Station A, setting the stage for a new user facility in the huge, concrete hall where the first evidence for quarks was discovered. Fed by billion-particle bunches of high-energy electrons diverted from the linear accelerator supply to the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), the new beamline, […]

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Menlo Park firefighters’ Oklahoma City terrorist attack memorial is a reminder to “never forget”

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Today marks the 18th anniversary of the terrorist bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Building in downtown Oklahoma City, which claimed 168 lives and injured more than 680 people. The anniversary follows five days after the bombing that took place during the running of the Boston Marathon on Monday. Menlo Park has distinct ties […]

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SLAC’s Rock: ITIS AROCAN DITIS ABI GONE

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A place like SLAC — dominated by hundreds of technicians, engineers and scientists, all busy building, maintaining, operating and using some of the most exotic machines in the world — is not ordinarily given over to frivolous activities. But on Wednesday, October 20, 1992, the SLAC community in Menlo Park awoke to find a 1,000-pound […]

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St. Denis is Menlo Park’s most historical church

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St. Denis is a church in Menlo Park that has popped up in a numerous places over the years. Its first incarnation came in 1853 when Dennis Martin, a young Irish immigrant who had started a lumber business along San Francisquito Creek, built a church for family and employees near what is now Sand Hill […]

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