Monthly Archives: July 2007

October 1876: Wreck of the Rydal Hall

(Photo courtesy Jerry Koontz) You can see the historic anchor from the “Rydal Hall” in the garden area fronting the Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. The old anchor was brought up by abalone diver Ernie Mangue. From the “Alta,” 1876 … Continue reading

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Reef Fisherman

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1960s: More Breakwater News

From the “Half Moon Bay Review,” 1960s “In a budget request by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the U.S. Congress this week was asked to spent $1 million for improvements in the breakwater located on Half Moon Bay. “Congressman J. Arthur … Continue reading

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1960s: Missile Station On Pillar Point To Be Expanded

From the “Half Moon Bay Review,”1960s “Expansion of the present missile tracking station on Pillar Point will be started soon, a reliable report said this week. “At present the station is regarded as a key observation spot for tracking missiles … Continue reading

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The Teeming Koi

I wonder what the teeming koi would look like superimposed over a photo of the watery steps at the Vencie train station?

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1957: Honorary 'Mayor' of Princeton Dies

From the “Half Moon Bay Review,” 1957 “Mrs. Katherine F. Middleton, 96, prominent Coastside resident for nearly 40 years, died Sunday at her home in Princeton-by-the-Sea. “Although she never held any official municipal posts, she was known throughout the county … Continue reading

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In 1949 the Pillar Point Breakwater Committee Met Here

(Photo courtesy Mark Andermahr) The Miramar Hotel (formerly the Palace Miramar) burned in the late 1960s. It was located at the southern end of present-day Mirada Road.

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As Envisioned in 1949: Pillar Point Breakwater

350 people met at the Miramar Hotel (formerly the Palace Miramar) to hear Colonel Freeman Tandy of the Army Corps of Engineers talk about plans for the Pillar Point breakwater, then estimated to cost $5 million. Speakers included Congressman Jack … Continue reading

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1960s Review Article: Lots of Divers On the Coastside (2)

“Other exotic hazards of skin-diving, the sport which has drawn an estimated million participants in the last decade were also on the agenda. “Swimming at 100 feet, a diver may feel the first gentle tug that could carry him to … Continue reading

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1960s Review Article: Lots of Divers On the Coastside (1)

From the “Half Moon Bay Review,” 1960s. “A steady increase in skin-diving activity on the San Mateo County coastside has been shown in a survey of the sport by the Review. “Among the popular spots for the skin-divers are the … Continue reading

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