Half Moon Bay (CA) (Images of America)
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First dubbed San Benito and then "Spanishtown," Half Moon Bay is a coastside town with a long and intriguing story. Many know it for its lovely natural surroundings, quaint downtown architecture, and relaxed atmosphere, but not many people know that this town was the first to be established in San Mateo County as a result of 1840s land grants to early Spanish settlers. Isolated on the coast for a time, it became home to Mexican, Chilean, Italian, Portuguese, and other cultures after the 1850s, when roads finally reached over the mountains. During the 20th century, a wide variety of businesses thrived here, as people arrived by road, water, and even railroad. Farms, churches, schools, businesses, and homes sprang up, and the town modernized, though today's Half Moon Bay looks much like it did 100 years ago.
for Western Biological Laboratories. Deer were the principal source of meat for the Ohlones, although they also ate bear, elk, rabbits, wild turkey, ducks, quail, snakes, and lizards. The hunters spent long periods in a sweat lodge to remove their scent before a hunt and utilized the head and skins of deer to disguise themselves so they could more easily get close enough for a good bow and arrow shot. Seals, sea otters, sea elephants, and sea lions lived in large numbers along the coast prior
Cresson of the Zaballa House, Carol Micklesen and Glenn Regan of the San Benito House, and the staff of the Miramar Beach Restaurant. We are deeply appreciative of the work, sharp eyes, and patience of Andrea Souza, who was indispensable in assembling the components of the book. Sandy Cavallaro helped us with the text and kept us laughing. Sources of the images include Jim Bell of Mother Nature’s Cupboard, Tahoe; the family of Lloyd Easterby; the Half Moon Bay Public Library; the Clyde Jenkins
over the beach and into the water. In the background is the Palace Miramar Hotel and Cafe. The Palace Miramar was designed by William Tolpke and constructed by Joseph Miguel in 1917. Dance bands entertained in the blue and gold ballroom. The palace was extremely popular during Prohibition and speakeasy days. Adventuresome Portuguese from the Azores Islands came to the coastside in the mid-1800s when drought conditions made life difficult in their home islands. Some were experienced shore
still define some aspects of the area. European, Asian, and American settlers developed the bay and its surroundings into a thriving center of lumbering, agriculture, fishing, wine making, and floriculture. The still semi-isolated nature of the living space has brought modern home-seekers into conflict with those who would prefer to preserve as much of the rural character of the coast as possible. These transitions were facilitated in turn by expansion of the Spanish mission system, by transfer
of 550 lots were sold for $220,000; however, very few of these original owners ever built on the lots. The Ocean Shore Railway commissioned this reinforced concrete house to be built as a model in the Arleta Park subdivision. Paul H. Bosworth designed the Mission Revival cottage. This is how it looks today—on Poplar Street—still faithful to the original design. The train was not just a business. Coastside artist and historian Galen Wolf described a typical Sunday excursion: San Francisco was