Discover the History of Menlo Park

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Telling a story in pictures is Menlo Park, the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series. The book by local authors Janet McGovern, Reg McGovern, Betty S. Veronico, and Nicholas A. Veronico is now available for purchase at the Menlo Park Chamber. The book boasts vintage images, many of which have never been published, and showcases memories of days gone by.

Menlo Park is ideally situated on the center of the San Francisco peninsula, benefitting from the bayside’s near-perfect weather. In the late 1800s, the area’s temperate climate drew many of San Francisco’s elite to build lavish summer estates in town. During World War I, the area played host to the Army’s Camp Fremont, and when World War II came to town, Menlo Park was home to Dibble Army Hospital. The city grew up along El Camino Real, and its downtown retail district centers around Santa Cruz Avenue. Today, Menlo Park is a suburban oasis of beautiful homes with a thriving business community that incorporates a number of leading high-tech companies.

Highlights of Menlo Park include:

  • Menlo Park gives a look back through photographs and other images to show the changes in the city from its earliest days to the present.
  • Many of the photographs are from the Menlo Park Historical Association’s excellent and wide-ranging archives.
  • Menlo Park has twice been the home to extensive military grounds, the first of which was the 7,200-acre Camp Fremont during World War I.  The second came during World War II, when the former Hopkins estate made way for the 2,700-bed Dibble Hospital.  Part of that site later became the location for the present Civic Center.

Signed copies of Images of America: Menlo Park are available at the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce, 1100 Merrill Street, Mon-Thurs 9am-4pm.

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For more information contact the Chamber, or call (650) 325-3818

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July 21st, 2015|Chamber News, Featured|