Local History

Palo Alto: The First 100 Years

"Palo Alto: The First 100 Years" is a special project of the Palo Alto Weekly, an official sponsor of Palo Alto Centennial 1994.
It was originally published on April 13, 1994.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • A portrait of Palo Alto
  • Before 1906: From ranchos to townships
  • Returning to the memorable days of yesteryear
  • Who was who way back when
  • Palo Alto: an educational mecca
  • 1906-1920: Prelude to a modern era
  • 1906-1920: Prelude to a modern era
  • The Peninsula mobilizes for war
  • Memories of Palo Alto's "father"
  • When football was out and track was king
  • Profiles
  • The quiet '20s
  • The quiet '20s
  • Birge Clark: the man behind the blueprints
  • Esther Clark: Palo Alto's pediatrician
  • Two towns are better than one
  • The wrong time to be president
  • Profiles
  • The '30s: down but not out
  • The '30s: down but not out
  • Palo Alto owes a lot to Aunt Lucie
  • Welcome to the Hotel De Zink
  • Medicine in the '30s: a different way
  • Seeds of Silicon Valley
  • Profiles
  • The 1940s: On the home front
  • The 1940s: On the home front
  • When Americans were treated as traitors
  • A free and feisty local weekly surfaces
  • Profiles
  • The 1950s: So long, sleepy town
  • The 1950s: So long, sleepy town
  • School days, good ol' baby boom days
  • Politics in the boom years
  • When the Vikings vanquished
  • Profiles
  • The tumultuous '60s
  • The tumultuous '60s
  • Stanford University under siege
  • A dangerous experiment
  • Acrimony, recall elections and divisiveness marked Palo Alto politics
  • Profiles
  • The '70s: conflict and conciliation
  • The '70s: conflict and conciliation
  • The golden decade of silver screens
  • Profiles
  • The '80s: The Palo Alto that could say no
  • The '80s: The Palo Alto that could say no
  • Profiles
  • 1994 and beyond: A view from the next generation
  • 1994 and beyond: A view from the next generation: Returning the favor
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