Monthly Archives: May 2008

1970s: The Worm Farm, Skyline, Portola Institute & Where Is My 8 Foot Square Hollow Mahogany Pyramid?

Does anyone know what happened to Richard’s 8-Foot Square Hollow Mahogany Pyramid? Last seen at the famous “Worm Farm” in San Greogrio. From far-off Chicago, Richard Ledford says: Hi June, You have assembled one of the more special websites that … Continue reading

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In the 1970s a Giant Redwood Log Landed on the Shores of Miramar Beach

(Image: The Michael Powers homestead in Miramar Beach, with the huge redwood log in front. Photo by Michael Powers.) In the late 1970s, Princeton shipbuilder Manuel Senteio, arrived at Miramar Beach, driving his crane to move a 20-foot-long, 3000 pound … Continue reading

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Good Rumor: Who were the beautiful people at the Oceano Hotel?

Friends have told me that they spotted some very rich, beautiful looking “hippies” staying at the Oceano Hotel in Princeton-by-the-Sea. I got excited and asked: What does a rich hippie look like? What were they wearing? What did their hair … Continue reading

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County Jail, 1870s, Judge Pitcher's HMB "Courtroom" and Plans (1931) for a Prison South of Town

This is a wonderful drawing of the county jail in Redwood City, circa 1872. Has some institutional feel to it but it also looks like a country home; what do you think? From “The Illustrated History of San Mateo County,” … Continue reading

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Welcome to Main Street in old Half Moon Bay

Thank you, Tony Pera, for the photo. Tony, almost single-handedly returned the Ocean View Lodge in the IOOF building on Main Street, back to its former glory. You can’t imagine how many hours and days of his private time he … Continue reading

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Coastside WWII: "In the first part of 1942, 'G-Men' came to our home in Moss Beach."

Elaine Martini Teixeira says: Sometime in the first part of 1942, before my brother left for service in the US Army in October, government men came to our home in Moss Beach. My brother, Raymond Martini, recalls they showed some … Continue reading

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Coastside WWII: On the Wrong Side of Main Street

By June Morrall I wrote this shocking story in 2003. During WWII, Half Moon Bay’s Main Street, and everything to the west, including the beaches, was off-limits to those folks without citizenship papers It was a frightening time on the … Continue reading

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Coastside WWII: Lifting the Veil of Military Secrecy/The End of Hostilities

From the Half Moon Bay Review, 1945, an article celebrating the end of hostilities. “Japanese capitulation, ending World War II, has lifted the wall of military secrecy on San Mateo County’s magnificent contribution to the fighting machine of America and … Continue reading

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Coastside WWII: The War Ends; the Military Closes Down, Secrecy Remains

With the war finally over in 1945, the cloak of miitary secrecy which smothered the Coastside during the war was finally lifted, and some information was leaked to the local newspaper. It was as if a signal was given; the … Continue reading

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Coastside WWII: Navy Abandons Air Strip: "One of the 'secret' installations"

From the Half Moon Bay Review The year was 1945 “Mills field navy installations totaling $5,000,000 are to be turned over to San Francisco and 85 acres of the property will be promptly leased to Pan American Airways as its … Continue reading

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