Category Archives: Tunitas Creek

Meet Alexander Gordon, the man who built Intricate Gordon's Chute (and was a coastside supervisor)

From Alexander Gordon’s obit, Feb. 1912, Times-Gazette “The deceased was twice a member of the State Legislature as assemblyman–in 1861 from Marin county and during the 1880s in this county [San Mateo]. He served the county as a supervisor from … Continue reading

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Meet Alexander Gordon, the man who built Gordon's Chute (3)

From Alexander Gordon’s obit, Feb. 1912, Times-Gazette “In 1863 Mr. Gordon moved to this county [San Mateo County] and located on the coast where he lived for many years. He acquired large land holdings and farmed on an extensive scale. … Continue reading

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Meet Alexander Gordon, the man who built Gordon's Chute (and married his schoolteacher)

Alexander Gordon’s obit, Feb 1912, Times-Gazette “Alexander Gordon was a native of New Hampshire, born in June 1826. He was educated in the public and private schools of his native State. In 1849 he came to California with the gold … Continue reading

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Meet Alexander Gordon, the man who built Gordon's Chute (1)

(Images: At left, Gordon’s Chute, at right, Alexander’s Gordon’s home near San Gregorio) Read his February, 1912 Times-Gazette obit: “Another Pioneer Gone To His Rest…Death Ends Long and Honorable Career of Alexander Gordon “Once more San Mateo County has been … Continue reading

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Sybil & Louis at Tunitas Creek: (Short Version) Conclusion

Not only was the artisit Sybil Easterday’s home at Tunitas Creek, the end of the Ocean Shore Railroad’s line– but her husband Louis ran the rustic saloon there. Louis, whose drinking was anything but recreational, often barricaded himself in his … Continue reading

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Sybil & Louis at Tunitas Creek: (Short Version) (Part I)

Dressed in ribbons and bows, Sybil Easterday was a precocious little girl who felt comfortable reciting poetry before audiences. But as a young, eccentric sculptress at the turn of the century, she gained notoriety preferring the comfort of men’s trousers … Continue reading

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Coastside Has History Of Shuttle Buses

The Coastside has a history of shuttle “buses”. This one shuttled passengers from San Gregorio, Pescadero and Swanton to Santa Cruz and back. Note the conductor sitting on his perch. I wonder if our new shuttle be as colorful. Photo: … Continue reading

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1913: Pedro Mtn Rd Called For Coolest Heads, Firmest Hands & Strongest Brakes

In 1913 a “See America Firstâ€? travel campaign captured the imagination of new car owners, and hot on the trail of the trend, the California-based editors of “Motoringâ€? magazine recommended that readers “see Half Moon Bay firstâ€?. What they called … Continue reading

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