Hidden Menlo

SLAC’s Rock: ITIS AROCAN DITIS ABI GONE

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

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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You’re invited to ride the rails in Menlo Park at West Bay Model RR at two upcoming holiday shows

Did you know that here are a couple of other railroads in Menlo Park — other than Caltrain. One, in West Menlo, is a private “live steam” layout. Another is a real Menlo Park treasure – the West Bay Model Railroad Association. Located in the old Southern Pacific freight building just south of the Menlo Park […]

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Spotted: Two stone gargoyles on a Menlo Park roof top

For the past 15 years, two small, grotesque statues have spent their days squatting on the roof of Building 280B on the SLAC campus in Menlo Park, peering out over the cars in Parking Lot G. No one is quite sure how the two stone gargoyles reached their perches — or if they are, they’re not […]

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Add “geocaching” to fun weekend activity for Menlo Park families

I took my family “geocaching” in our Playborhood for the first time recently . It was an amazing experience for all of us. Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt that you play whenever and wherever you want. “Caches” – containers stuffed with little treasures – are hidden in nooks and crannies all over the world. […]

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Every tree has its tag on SLAC campus in Menlo Park – and that translates to almost 5,000

From 150-year-old native oaks to young redwoods, nearly 6,000 trees grace SLAC’s 426-acre campus in Menlo Park.Most of them are labeled with a three-digit number on a one-inch-diameter aluminum disk nailed into their trunk. These tree tags are an integral part of a comprehensive SLAC’s tree-management program, started about six years ago to more efficiently […]

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SLAC celebrates 50th anniversary: What’s gone on underneath Menlo Park?

Even though the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is celebrating its 50th anniversary today, we’re guessing that what goes on at SLAC is probably a mystery to most local reasons. In addition to our conversation earlier this week with Dr. Sidney Drell, one of SLAC’s founding scientists, we asked Media Relations Manager Andrew Freeberg to unearth […]

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Not just science, SLAC shows off its artistic side with campus sculpture

Amid SLAC’s buildings and byways in Menlo Park are a number of outdoor sculptures and technical artifacts that should inspire some amount of awe and wonder among employees and visitors alike. Presented here are eight works, ranging from science-inspired commissions to retired equipment. Waveguide Sculpture Location: outside Panofsky Auditorium (Building 43) Designers: SLAC’s Arnold Eldredge and […]

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Calling all geeks – and people who want to learn – to the triennial USGS Open House in Menlo Park

The triennial U.S. Geological Survey Open House — being held today and tomorrow (5/20) in Menlo Park — is a little shop of wonders, not horrors. While most of the exhibit booths are decidedly geeky, each is staffed by scientists eager to pass on their knowledge about earthquakes, water quality, volcanoes, coastal and marine geology, mineral and […]

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Saga of early Menlo Park farmer (yes!) and his Stanford Dairy – and why there is a jog in Avy Avenue

John Murray and his wife Mary were both Irish immigrants who came to New York City in 1848 or ’49 and met and married there. Mary was pregnant with their first child when the decision was made for Murray to go to California to seek the family’s fortune, while Mary stayed in New York City […]

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Perry Tree #2 continues to be center of a neighborhood

When the Valley Oak that had stood in the middle of Perry Lane (officially Avenue) for 200 years fell in January 2005, it took a lot of the once colorful neighborhood’s history with it. (Ah, if only a tree could talk!) In the early 60s, the rustic cottages on the short block in the University […]

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