Now you can enjoy tales of Burlingame and Hillsborough history from any computer. Just like our museum inside the Burlingame Train Station, our online exhibit space is periodically updated with in-depth reviews of individual subjects related to the area. You might be considered a psuedo-historian after visiting one of these fine exhibits.
Here is a summary of the exhibits you can discover on this website:
The Rise and Fall of Pacific City – Coney Island of the West: find out what happened long ago at Coyote Point Beach
Pacific City, “The Coney island of the West”. Pacific City was an amusement park promoted by the Tri-City Chamber of Commerce, local businessmen and civic leaders who envisioned the area would rival Coney Island and Atlantic City.
Note: See complete slide show “The Rise and Fall of Pacific City – The Coney Island of the West” by clicking on this link. Please be patient while program loads!
Discovering Subdivision History: Lyon & Hoag, Easton Addition and Mills Estates (Historical overview).Burlingame Subdivisions for WEB PowerPoint presentation Please be patient, presentation takes a few minutes to download!
The Easton Additions (Historical overview) Easton Additions adaptation for website Please be patient, presentation takes a few minutes to download!
Peninsula Royalty: The Founding Families of Burlingame-Hillsborough [link opens a new website]. In the mid-1800s, The Howard, Mills and Easton families purchased vast tracts of windswept, barrenland on the mid-Peninsula where they built huge country homes in search of a quiet refuge in the country 15 miles south of San Francisco.
A Leafy Legacy: The story of Burlingame’s trees. [link opens a new website] As Burlingame began developing as a city, the trees of Burlingame became more and more important. This is a robust look at their emergence and their history.
Howard Ralston Historic Tree Rows The story behind the El Camino Real Trees
A Story of the Many Grocery Stores of Burlingame
Meat, Milk and More
Fire dept history – Where’s The Fire? A Pictorial History of Burlingame and Hillsborough’s Central Fire Dept.
Severn Dairy Wallscape. In June 2000 the Regan Building on California Drive was demolished to make way for a new structure. When the walls came tumbling down, a surprise was in store: a beautiful wallscape advertising the long gone Severn Dairy.
Anson Burlingame [link opens a new website]. A deep and comprehensive listing of documents related to Anson Burlingame and his work as a diplomat under the Abraham Lincoln administration.
The Studio Shop [link opens a new website] Celebrating the anniversary of perhaps Burlingame’s oldest family owned shop, learn about its history including its time as the photography studio of Dorothy Crawford and more. The History of Ralph and Dorothy Crawford