Category Archives: Pacifica

Sanchez Adobe Was Once Pacifica's "Crime Shack"

Image: (Watercolor by Coastside artist Galen Wolf or one of his students, probably one of his students.) By June Morrall (I wrote this in 1998) It’s hard to imagine that Pacifica, a Coastside community of neat neighborhoods, was once a … Continue reading

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Angelo Misthos, OSRR Buff & John Vonderlin Fan, Says

(Photo: Is this the Ocean Shore Railroad smokin’ through Pacifica?) Mr. Vonderlin, I’ve enjoyed reading Half Moon Bay Memories and El Granada Observer as well as your Pescadero Memories, particularly references to the OSRR, which I became acquainted with in … Continue reading

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…They Cover the Waterfront….

For everything Pacifica, including the “history of trains, castles and dusty roads,” please check out our friends, on the north side of Devil’s Slide…. at the Pacifica Riptide, click here

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RIP: Mary Florey, Founder of Florey's Books in Pacifica & Special Friend to Authors

Written by Mary’s son, Jon Mary Florey, Founder of Florey’s Book Co. On Valentines Day Pacifica lost a sympathetic ear and a big heart. Mary Florey died after a prolonged illness at 81 years old. Mary, who founded Florey’s Book … Continue reading

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I Love This Email: Epic Pacifica Ride, See the Pix

June, Just discovered your site. Love the old photos of Pedro Mountain Road! And the interview with Pete Douglas! I and my friends often ride our bikes up the peninsula along Crystal Springs to Pacifica, and then over the old … Continue reading

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History Mystery….Is Pacifica's Notorious Madam, Dolly Fine?

photo: The McCloskey Castle in Pacifica. Photo courtesy Sam Mazza Estate. Readers, Kathy Alberts asks: “Do you know anything about the history of the house at 2 Carmel Avenue in Pacifica? I used to live there and was told that … Continue reading

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I Hear From Ocean Shore RR Historian John Schmale

“Rudy” Brandt A while back I posted a three-part short history of the Ocean Shore Railroad based on a 1980 interview I did with the colorful Ocean Shore Railroad historian, Randolph “Rudy” Brandt (his father had been an original investor … Continue reading

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A Short History Of The Ocean Shore Railroad (Part II): Read The DEJA VU

“There were landslides from time to time. The Pedro Pt/Devil’s Slide area was a particularly bad section. On one occasion, I think around 1915, as a result of some fairly torrential storms, about a mile-and-a-half or two miles of right-of-way … Continue reading

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A Short History Of The Ocean Shore Railroad (Part I)

A Short History Of The Ocean Shore Railroad (Part I) As told to me in 1980 by Randolph Brandt, whose father was an investor, a stockholder, in the Ocean Shore Railroad: “He, like a number of other people in the … Continue reading

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Ed Bauer Talks About Growth In 1980

Ed Bauer moved to Half Moon Bay in 1960 where he became the publisher and editor of the Half Moon Bay Review for about 25 years. (In 1980 I interviewed him for my documentary, “The Mystery of Half Moon Bayâ€?. … Continue reading

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