Category Archives: Half Moon Bay history

1893: HMB, isolated, with the finest beach in CA

From John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June, This is from the 1893 book, “A Memorial and Biographical History of the Central Coast Counties…” by Henry D. Barrows and Luther Ingersoll. It is available on Archive.org. The text contains errors … Continue reading

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140 Years Later, the OddFellows Building Still Holds the Unknown History of Half Moon Bay

Hi June- This is the Odd Fellows Building, 526 Main Street, then & now, top & bottom (further down) Across from City Hall next door to the HMB Bakery. M.Coffee and Tokenz are on the ground floor. The Ocean View … Continue reading

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Did Parallel Parking Change the Flavor of Historic Main Street, HMB?

You decide. Before: (View from the hill overlooking Half Moon Bay. To find Main Street, look for the “cupola.”) After: (The Independent Order of OddFellows (IOOF), a landmark building in Half Moon Bay stands to the left.) (The IOOF building … Continue reading

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1915: Merry Christmas….Happy Holidays from the Enterprise Saloon in Half Moon Bay….

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1928 Chamarita, Half Moon Bay, Marching Down Main Street

with Cunha’s Country Grocery Store in the background (left hand side), later heading for and arriving at the old Catholic Church.

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Description of HMB By Anonymous in 1854

“…It is strange that nothing has ever been said about Half Moon Bay and the country around it; it is bounded by a large body of beautiful land, and I am informed the land is very rich and fertile. I … Continue reading

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HMB Family

(Photo courtesy Bill Claudino)

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In Its Day Half Moon Bay's "Spanishtown Dons" Were Soooo Famous

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Why? Why? Why?

Why is it that everything that makes the Coastside “the Coastside”–the place that is (and has been) so different from other places….Why is it that everything that makes the Coastside unique has to go? I am reminded of the giant … Continue reading

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Meet Me At The Occidental Hotel

…The popular 19th century Half Moon Bay hotel where intrepid stagecoach driver “Buckskin” Bob Rawls dropped weary passengers off– after a thrilling ride over dusty, serpentine Highway 92.

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