Follow Along on the Historic Walking Tour of Redwood City

See Redwood City the way it looked more than a hundred years ago.


Always been curious to take the Historical Walking Tour of Redwood City, but just haven't been able to find the time to go?

Well, the Archives Committee of the Redwood City Public Library now has a solution for you.

You can now watch the above video and get a 16-minute version of the tour, telling you all about how our city came to be. The movie showcases photos that compare how various locations throughout town looked at the turn of the 20th century, with how they look today.

To see the walking tour's official map, click here.

What do you think of tthe video? Did you learn something about the city you didn't know? What do you think of the way Redwood City looked at its beginning? Tell us in the comments below.

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Jerry B March 19, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Thank you for the tour, I love to learn about our towns history and I was rained out when I tried the real tour but this was very informative. I think a video history tour of the Union Cemetery would also be nice, so many of the names there have formed our towns history and that of the peninsula.
Rachel Parikh March 19, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Hi, I also really enjoyed this video! It made me wonder when, how and why the creek was dammed. Is this documented somewhere?
James Lee Han March 22, 2013 at 12:05 AM
Rachel, that's a great question. At the March 11 City Council meeting when Docktown Marina's management and the Inner Harbor Precise Plan were being discussed, at least two speakers during the night pointed out that Redwood Creek runs right up into the heart of downtown, practically under City Hall itself. The speakers also spoke of how nice it would be if some of the paving/damming was reversed so that boats could go up the creek again, and the RWC community could enjoy the city's waterfront heritage closer to downtown, etc. In Seoul, where one side of my family is from, they undertook a grand-scale "unpaving" project where they uncovered a creek in the downtown area that had been paved over for roads and turned it into a beautiful, walkable public resource. Restoration took under three years and it has been a huge success: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheonggyecheon
Jim Clifford March 22, 2013 at 09:41 PM
Ms. Parikh: The Spring 2011 issue of The Journal of Local History has an extensive article about the creek, which flows from the west into the Bay. It was not dammed, but there was a lock system built in the 19th Century that formed a turning basin for ships. The interesting Journal piece by John Edmonds calls for opening the creek - pretty much like James Lee notes in his post. The magazine is available at the history room of the main Redwood City library on Middlefield..


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