Located in the heart of the San Francisco peninsula, San Carlos is known as the “City of Good Living.” Originally inhabited by the Costanos Indians, the town was part of the Rancho de las Pulgas land grant during the Spanish mission days. Incorporated in 1925, San Carlos is considered the birthplace of today’s Silicon Valley, having been home to such firms as Varian, Ampex, and Dalmo-Victor. The town has also boasted one of the military’s largest dog-training facilities, the Morse Seed Company, and a number of great theaters. Community values are strong here, with popular events such as the Home Town Days Parade and Festival, Art and Wine Faire, Hot Harvest Nights, and the biannual Chicken’s Ball. Over the years, the city has worked to preserve its history and many of its early structures while also providing citizens with modern civic buildings and other amenities.
About the Author
Nicholas A. Veronico is the author of World War II Shipyards by the Bay and Moffett Field, and coauthor Betty S. Veronico works as a commercial and residential property manager on the San Francisco peninsula. The couple has enjoyed life in San Carlos for more than 25 years. Drawing extensively from public and private collections throughout the city, they present here a stunning historical tour of this unique mid-peninsula city.
Table of Contents
Early Days: San Carlos Becomes a City 9
The City of Good Living 33
Business and Industry: The Birthplace of Silicon Valley 53
Arts and Entertainment 81
Planes, Trains, Automobiles...and Dogs 99
San Carlos Today 121