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On Palmer Gulch Trestle: RR Author John Schmale & Adventurer John Vonderlin Exchange Info

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John Vonderlin: What's in a [ship's] Name

Story by John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June, A while back we were posting about the “New York,” the ship that ran aground in 1898, under very strange circumstances, almost in your front yard. The ship had been named … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin Finds 1961 Maps of HMB Area

Story from John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June, As I mentioned previously, at the Coast Survey’s Historical Map website, if you Search using Half Moon Bay as the Keyword, you get thirteen hits. The bottom one on the list … Continue reading

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All about Tafoni….

To see what tafoni looks like, please click here “Learn about a fantastic rock weathering pattern,” according to website “owner” Jon Boxerman. Says: John Vonderlin Hi June, Here are a few tafoni pictures. I like the first picture because it’s … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin: What Happened to the Power House?

From: John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June, This ad from the January 3, 1906 issue of “The Call,” would seem to indicate that Shore Acres, the first subdivision in Balboa City, was sold out in 28 days. The ad … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin: 1906: More about the Big Power House at Balboa on Half Moon Bay

Story from John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June,   This is a Balboa-related article from the January 28th, 1906 issue of the “Call.” Enjoy. John    WORK IS COMMENCED ON BIG POWER-HOUSE Ocean Shore Railway Begins Construction of Its Mammoth … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin: Old Real Estate Ads…..and More

——– Shore Acres was also a play, produced in the 1892s. Here’s John Vonderlin’s summary of “Shore Acres.” SHORE ACRES a play in three acts by James A. Herne First performed in 1892 This analysis of Shore Acres was originally … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin: 1905: Let's Go To HMB (2)

The Occidental Hotel started out to be 3 stories tall, then two stories tall, then gone….The stage driven by Half Moon Bay local Buckskin Bill Rawls stopped here daily on its way to Pescadero. Story from John Vonderlin Email John … Continue reading

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The Olympic Club John Vonderlin told us about

John, I don’t know about an Olympic Club being contemplated for Half Moon Bay. There is the Olympic Club Golf Course (?) on Skyline Blvd in Daly City-Pacifica near the old horse ranch and the Pacific Ocean. Gorgeous spot. The … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin: 1905: The Olympic Club Almost Moved to HMB, well we're not really sure

Story from John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June,   I can’t find any sign that the Olympic Club ever existed in Half Moon Bay. Do you know if it was ever built? I loved this article because it featured a … Continue reading

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