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Archived News Release from 2003

For Immediate Release

Revisit Wyatt Earp, President Hoover, Pioneers, and More on Redwood City's Historic Walking Tour, Featured During National Historic Preservation Week

Redwood City, CA - April 29, 2003 - Citizens in Redwood City will join thousands of individuals around the country as part of a nationwide celebration of the 32nd annual National Historic Preservation Week, May 5-12, 2003. "Cities, Suburbs, and Countryside" is the theme of the weeklong celebration that is sponsored annually by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and locally by the City of Redwood City Historic Resources Advisory Committee. Preservation Week 2003 calls on communities throughout the nation to do all they can to recognize, save, and enhance the irreplaceable features that give them their distinctive and unique character. It may be a building, monument, or street, a public square, a stretch of lakeshore, or a view of distant mountains. It sets the community apart from every other, attracting tourists, contributing to the area's stability and livability, and giving residents a sense of connection with their shared heritage.

Preservation Week 2003 will be observed in Redwood City by an historic walking tour on Saturday, May 10th, a proclamation by the Mayor, a field trip for seventh graders to three downtown buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, an open house at the historic 1863 Lathrop House, a tour of the Union Cemetery Historic site, and an Architectural Treasure Hunt.

On May 10th, the walking tour will begin at 10:30 a.m. in front of the restored 1863 Lathrop House at 627 Hamilton Street, and will last approximately one hour and fifteen minutes, including most of Redwood City's historic commercial buildings as well as some residential properties. The Lathrop House, operated by the Redwood City Heritage Association, will be open for one hour at 9:30 a.m. for house tours prior to the walking tour. Walking tour participants will see where Wyatt Earp occasionally came for a drink, where President Hoover once slept, where a Wells Fargo Express Office operated in 1875, Redwood City's first new car showroom salon and auto repair garage, the finest theater on the peninsula in 1896, the former homes of prominent pioneer citizens, and much, much more.

Also on May 10th the Union Cemetery Historic Site tour, sponsored by the Historic Union Cemetery Association, will begin at 2:00 p.m. The 1859 cemetery is located at Woodside Road, near El Camino Real. On May 20th, the seventh grade field trip for participating schools from the Redwood City School District will take place. Over two hundred students will tour the Lathrop House, the Old County Courthouse (home of the San Mateo County Historical Association and Museum), and the historic Fox Theater.

Business and community sponsors and participants for the school tours include Restaurant and Fox Theater owners John Anagnostou and Michael Monte, the San Mateo County Historical Association, the Redwood City Heritage Association, and the Redwood City Optimist Club.

The Architectural Treasure Hunt is a contest open to the entire community where participants try to identify the locations of various architectural features located throughout Redwood City. First, second, and third prizes will be awarded to those identifying the most locations. Contest entry forms will be available in early May at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road, the Main Library at 1044 Middlefield Road, the San Mateo County History Museum Book Store at 777 Hamilton Street, at participating downtown merchants, and on the Redwood City website,, Completed contest forms must be submitted to the City Hall information desk by close of business, June 20th 2003. Prize sponsors for the Architectural Treasure Hunt include Watry Design, Inc., Spinnaker Sailing School of Redwood City, and Redwood Roller Rink.

The Historic Resources Advisory Committee is an advisory committee to the Redwood City Planning Commission regarding the implementation of the City's Historic Preservation Ordinance. The Committee recommends historic designation of local landmarks and districts, performs design review of changes to historic buildings and is involved in other historic preservation related activities.

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Contact: Charles Jany
Community Development Services
(650) 780–7239

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