San Bruno

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Arcadia Publishing, 2003 - History - 128 pages
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As members of the Portola Expedition of 1769 climbed to the top of Sweeney Ridge, they looked upon what is now San Bruno, and beyond it the unspoiled beauty of the San Francisco Bay. Since that time, San Bruno has grown into a major metropolitan area and residential suburb of San Francisco. Along the way it has been home to an important U.S. Navy base, a popular horse-racing track, and a World War II Japanese internment camp.

Shown here in 200 vintage photographs is the story of San Bruno from its initial settlement of a handful of people, through the raucous early years of gambling and "watering holes," to its gradual development into a modern, commercial city.


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Darold Fredricks, an active member of the San Mateo County Historical Association and the author of several books on the history of the area, tells the tale of the city's early families, important places, Navy days, and early housing developments that literally leveled mountains. In these pages readers will learn about the Navy's role in San Bruno, where thousands of service people were stationed and processed before heading to the Pacific theater of World War II, and other changes that made these six square miles home to more than 40,000 people today.

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