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A Spanish expedition in search of Monterey Bay led to the accidental “discovery” of San Francisco Bay in 1769 from atop a ridge in today’s San Mateo County.

After sighting the Bay from Sweeney Ridge on November 4, 1769 (the first sighting of the Bay by Europeans), Captain Gaspar de Portolá with his 60 men hiked south and camped along the San Francisquito Creek from November 6-10 before retracing their path back to Baja-California. The story is online.

To mark the 250th anniversary of this event in 2019, an effort is underway to tell the story of the expedition and of the native people who greeted the Spanish warmly but whose lives and culture were nearly eradicated within a few short years.

San Mateo County Parks Department in collaboration with county, state, and federal agencies, and tribal representatives is creating a trail system that will recognize 10,000 years of the Ohlone people in San Mateo County and follow the footsteps of the Portolá expedition into Alta California and the discovery of the San Francisco Bay by the Spanish.

The goal is to designate a 90-mile trail that traces the steps of the Spanish expedition and highlights the native people they encountered.

California Registered Historic Landmark No. 2 commemorating Portolá’s trip of 1769 and recognizing his party’s camping alongside the San Francisquito Creek (presumably on the Menlo Park side) is located at the southern end of Alma Street.

There will be a Public Information Meeting to learn about the Ohlone-Portola Heritage Trail project on Tuesday, October 2, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Woodside Town Hall. You can also take an online survey.

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There’s a lot going on at the Folger Stable with upcoming Barn Dance just one highlight

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Like others who hike at Wunderlich Park, we noticed construction going on at one of the buildings at the adjacent Folger Stable Historic District. We’ve only done a few posts on what’s happening there since the renovation of the stable itself in 2010, so we stopped by with InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most to get […]

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Menlo Park Historical Association walking tour takes you back 100 years

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Learn about “SFO: A History of San Francisco International Airport” on June 19

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Update on community effort to buy Alpine Beer Garden

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The Tuskegee Airman is topic for free talk at Menlo Park Library on June 12

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Before 1940, African-Americans were barred from flying for the U.S. military. Civil rights organizations and the black press exerted pressure that resulted in the formation of an all African-American pursuit squadron based in Tuskegee, Alabama, in 1941. They became known as the Tuskegee Airmen. The Tuskegee Airmen overcame segregation and prejudice to become one of […]

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Momentum builds in effort to buy Alpine Inn (aka Rossotti’s) with a initial deadline of May 31

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After three community meetings led by Lucy Neely under the auspices of the Portola Valley Community Roadhouse, LLC, the opportunity for locals to buy the historical Alpine Inn Beer Garden — aka Rossotti’s — is moving forward quickly. At last week’s meetings, Lucy talked about the “emotional and historical importance” Zott’s has to the community and […]

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Bo Crane leads MPHA tour of Holy Cross Cemetery on Saturday, May 19

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This year the Menlo Park Historical Association (MPHA) annually sponsored tour of Holy Cross Cemetery will be led by MPHA secretary, Bo Crane, on Saturday, May 19 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The Cemetery is at 1100 Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park, located at the street’s bend. Parking for this event is not allowed […]

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Documentary film “Dolores” screens at Menlo Park Library on May 15

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