The Palo Alto Historical Association has published a new book that provides a walking tour of 43 sites of sites of historical interest in downtown Palo Alto.
The book is by Matt Bowling, a Palo Alto resident and former Duveneck Elementary School teacher, who is a member of the association's board.
The book, "Nice Day for a Stroll -- A Walk Through Palo Alto's History," provides a walking tour of downtown Palo Alto covering 43 historical sites, Bowling said.
"Literally every few paces there is something of historical interest," he said.
Bowling spent several months conducting research for the book but also included material from columns he wrote for the Palo Alto Daily News over the past year and a half, he said.
He has some favorites.
Bowling said the 86-year-old Cardinal Hotel at the corner of Hamilton Avenue and Ramona Street is one of his favorite spots mentioned in the book.
"The lobby is beautiful…when you walk into the lobby it's like a blast from the past. There are so many ornate decorations," he said.
Another favorite spot is less conspicuous -- a "very nondescript office" at 165 University Ave. that housed Google, Logitech and PayPal during those companies' infancies, Bowling said.
"They call it the 'good karma' office. I think it's pretty neat that so many companies have been successful there," he said.
There are 200 copies of the book available, Bowling said. Another book with 40 stories about Palo Alto history will be published in September, he said.
"Nice Day for a Stroll" can be purchased for $10 on Bowling's Palo Alto History website or at Kepler's Books and Books Inc., Bowling said.