A pleasant stroll
through the town of Half Moon Bay - what a wonderful way to
walk through history! Along Main Street and along the side
streets, something from the past will certainly catch your
eye. Who knows what you'll discover?
A house built by a
dashing Mexican Don
Pablo Vasquez, son of a Mexican ranchero, built this
redwood house in 1869. Over one hundred years ago, his fast
horses, bullfights, and festive parties were the talk of the
town. 270 Main Street.
An historic bridge
over Pilarcitos Creek
Built in 1900, the Pilarcitos Creek Bridge was the first
steel-reinforced concrete bridge in San Mateo County, and many
people considered it quite innovative. North end of Main
building on Main Street
Not only did Estanisalo Zaballa build one of the early
houses (1859), he also mapped out the town. 326 Main St.
The bells of Half
In the early years of this country, school children
responded to the tolling of the bell. (The bell is not in its
original location.) Corner of Main Street and Kelly Avenue.
A City Hall that
looks like a bank
Half Moon Bay City Hall (built in 1922) looks like a bank
because it was once - first Bank of Half Moon Bay, then Bank
of Italy, then Bank of America. 501 Main Street.
A tiny jail
Two tiny cells and a tiny office remind us of simpler
days on the coastside during the first half of this century.
The jail was built in 1911 and is open to the public. For more
information, call Spanishtown Historical Society (650)
726-7084. 505 Johnson Street.
A church and a
The small building joined to the Community United
Methodist Church (built in 1872) was once an Ocean Shore
Railroad depot. Between 1908 and 1920, the train ran along the
ocean bluffs a mile west of town. In 1930, the derelict depot
was dragged to the church to become a social hall. Corner of
Johnson and Miramontes Streets.