Category Archives: What’s New?

An historic move

On Thursday, September 17th, the James R. and Jessie Murphy residence was successfully moved in two sections from 1128 Douglas Avenue, over the Oak Grove Avenue railroad crossing, to its new home at 524 Oak Grove Avenue, where it will … Continue reading

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HORSING AROUND BURLINGAME – Virtual Walking Tour

On Saturday, August 1st join the Burlingame Historical Society for our “virtual” walking tour: “Horsing Around Burlingame” to explore Burlingame’s equestrian past. Several virtual walking tours are being offered in conjunction with the San Mateo County Historical Association’s Victorian Days: … Continue reading

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Where Do the Names of Our Streets Come From?

(Draft 10) Additions: Carol Avenue, East Carol Avenue, Devereux Drive ORIGIN OF STREET NAMES DRAFT 10

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Caltrans: El Camino Real Renewal Project– Virtual Scoping

After decades of conflict with Caltrans regarding plans to widen and remove trees on El Camino Real, there is a major project being proposed on which you can provide input. The goal of this project is to both improve the … Continue reading

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Memorial Day 2020

“The success of his mission depended entirely upon his skill, courage, and unfaltering devotion to duty.” A recently found San Mateo Times clipping, from July 11, 1942, notes this quote and posthumous award of the Flying Cross that was bestowed … Continue reading

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Temporary Museum Closure :(

PLEASE NOTE! Due to concerns regarding COVID-19 transmission, the Burlingame Hillsborough History Museum will unfortunately be closed at least through April. Please check updates for future scheduling and enjoy our most recent presentations, online (visit the “Exhibits” tab). Thank you … Continue reading

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LONGTIME AND LOCAL. Burlingame Historical Society Annual presentation

Sunday, February 23rd at 1:45 in the Lane Room of the Public Library. Join us for Conversations with businesses that have been in Burlingame for over 25 years. To view photographs of these businesses, select the “Exhibits” tab, and select … Continue reading

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Where Did Our Street Names Come from? (updated 1-2020)

ORIGIN OF STREET NAMES DRAFT 8

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Update on El Camino Real

The good news is that after a 3 year long study period, Caltrans has concluded that the widening project at Floribunda is not necessary, since the far less invasive (and cheaper) No Left Turn at Floribunda alternative that Burlingame fought … Continue reading

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250th Anniversary of Portola’s discovery of San Francisco Bay

Since the 1520s, Spain had interest in exploring Alta California. Finally, in 1769, Captain Gaspar de Portola with 60 men accidentally discovered San Francisco Bay from Sweeney Ridge, close to Burlingame. Why is this 500-year-old story important to California and … Continue reading

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