Victorian Days Walking Tours 2015
Discover Milagra Ridge’s military history from World War II gun emplacements for coastal defense to the Nike missle launch site (1955-1974). The walk is led by Dave Bridgman, who was stationed at Milagra Ridge in the early 1970s. Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Milagra Ridge is one of the few remaining habitats for the mission blue butterfly. Walking shoes are recommended for this two-hour hike on level ground. To get to the walk, from Sharp Park Road turn north on College Drive and continue about 1/4 mile to roadside parking at the Milagra Ridge gate. Parking is limited, carpools are encouraged.
San Mateo – Saturday, July 18 at 10 a.m.
Join Dr. Mark Still on a tour of downtown San Mateo. Starting in front of the historic Benjamin Franklin Hotel (44 E. Third Avenue), the tour will walk past the Medical Arts Building, railroad-era businesses on B Street, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church and the site of San Mateo’s Spanish-era mission outpost.
Woodside: Folger Stable – Saturday, July 25 from 2-3 p.m.
Tour the Folger Estate Stable Historic District at Wunderlich Park (4040 Woodside Road). Learn about the history of the main stable, Carriage House, Chinese built stone walls, the blacksmith barn and dairy house. Take a trip back in time to learn about the agricultural uses of the property, the development of the Folger Coffee Company, the architectural legacy of the estate, the influence of horses to the American West and Woodside history.
Pacifica – Saturday, August 1 from 7-8 p.m.
The Pacifica Historical Society will lead an evening tour that begins at the corner of Montecito and Beach Boulevard. During a tour of historic buildings of the central Sharp Park area, view the historic “castle,” walk past the Little Brown Church and stroll along the promenade. The tour will conclude at sunset with a view from the Pacifica Pier. Call 650.738.2332 for more information.
Burlingame – Sunday, August 2 from 1-2 p.m.
Choose between one of two tours offered, both starting at 1 p.m. The first tour meets at the Burlingame Avenue Railroad Station (290 California Dr.) and describes the three-decade growth of Burlingame Avenue, from wealthy equestrian playground in 1895 to a bustling suburb. The second tour option will meet at the Wells Fargo building (1145 Broadway) and explore the growth of the old Town of Easton, addressing why Burlingame has two main business streets, why Broadway has an arch and other interesting tidbits. Tours are approximately 1 hour. Call Jennifer Pfaff at 650.340.9960 or 650.348.7961 for any questions.
San Bruno – Saturday, August 8 at 10 a.m.
Join San Mateo County Historical Association President Mitch Postel in an exploration of San Bruno’s historic business district. Starting at the intersection of San Mateo Avenue and El Camino, the walk down San Mateo Avenue includes the original EIMAC building where vacuum tubes were produced for broadcast and radar transmitters. The tour will feature a stop at the Welch Family’s private slot machine museum, a rare treat in itself.
Colma: Cypress Lawn – Saturday, August 8 at 1:30 p.m.
Join us as we visit the most prominent Victorians at rest in Cypress Lawn. The highlight of the tour will be a dedication of a tombstone for Dr. Robert O. Tripp, the San Mateo County pioneer who operated the Woodside Store. The tour will have an emphasis on history, art and architecture. Among those highlighted will be William Randolph Hearst, Charles de Young, Andrew Jackson Pope, William Kohl, Hubert Bancroft, John Larkin, Claus Spreckels, James Flood, Charles F. Crocker, and Henry Newhall. Since we are to be joined “in person” by the Hon. John C. Fremont, we will pay particular attention to those at Cypress Lawn that he knew or had opinions about, both favorable and unfavorable. Wear comfortable walking shoes for Cypress Lawn’s hilly terrain and dress appropriately for Colma’s unpredictable weather. The tour will meet under a large green tent, near Noble Chapel (1370 El Camino Real).
Redwood City: Union Cemetery – Saturday, August 15 at 10 a.m.
Please enjoy an hour-long tour in historic Union Cemetery highlighting the stories and people of the Victorian era who are buried there. Wear sensible shoes. The cemetery is located on Woodside Road at El Camino Real.
Colma: Italian Cemetery – Sunday, August 16 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The Colma Historical Association will conduct a tour of Colma’s Italian Cemetery. We will begin at the Cemetery’s office at 540 F Street at Clark in Colma, visiting and hearing the stories of its mausoleums, statuary and underground residents. The Italian Cemetery has welcomed all faiths and ethnic groups since opening in 1899. Following the tour come and enjoy a complimentary lunch next door at the Colma Museum. Call 650.757.1676 to RSVP or for information.
Redwood City – Saturday, August 22 from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Redwood City's Historic Resources Advisory Committee will conduct a tour of historic sites in the downtown area. Participants will see where Wyatt Earp occasionally came for a drink, where a Wells Fargo Express Office operated in 1875, Redwood City's first new car showroom salon and auto repair garage, the finest theater on the peninsula in 1896, the former homes of prominent pioneer citizens, and much more. The tour will begin in front of the Lathrop House at 627 Hamilton Street and will last approximately one hour and thirty minutes.
San Carlos – Saturday, August 22 from 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Tour historic locations in downtown San Carlos with the San Carlos Heritage Association. Meet in City Hall Park at the corner of San Carlos Avenue and Elm Street. The tour will end at the San Carlos History Museum, where there will be refreshments and tours of the museum. For more information call 650.592.5822.
Pescadero – Sunday, August 23 from 1 - 3 p.m.
Local historian and Pescadero History Society President Greg Timm will lead a walk through historic Pescadero, viewing historical homes, buildings and churches while discussing the people and changes of the Pescadero valley. We will meet at the Community Native Sons Hall, on the east side of the southern end of Stage Road (just beyond the Post Office). Please bring hats, sensible shoes, and water is advised. Please call 650.879.0882 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for any tour related questions.