Think You Know About Redwood Shores? Eight Fun Facts about Redwood Shores History

How much do you know about the history of Redwood Shores?

You have seen the towers, visited the and walked on the paths in Redwood Shores.  You know Redwood Shores as it looks today, but did you know these facts about Redwood Shores’ history?

  1. In 1964, when Redwood Shores was still being designed, it was estimated that it would have five villages within the neighborhood, and a total of 60,000 to 80,000 residents.  Today, our population is approximately 15,000 residents. 
  2. The construction on the Shores began on September 25, 1968, and the builders expected to have 156 single family homes and 36 townhomes available within the year. Today, there are over 4,800 households in the Shores.
  3. Marine World/Africa opened in 1968 on the land where Oracle’s headquarters now reside.
  4. Redwood Shores almost didn’t get completed when, in 1972, the Leslie Salt Company ran out of money to build the community.
  5. Fortunately, Mobile Oil Estates bought the property from Leslie in 1973 and continued building Redwood Shores.
  6. By 1975, it was estimated that three schools would be built to support the families of Redwood Shores.  Today, there are two elementary schools for Redwood Shores: Sandpiper Elementary School and Redwood Shores Elementary School
  7. After 17 years of operation in Redwood Shores, Marine World/Africa closed their doors on September 30, 1985 and moved to Vallejo, CA.
  8. In 2008, the Redwood Shores branch of the Redwood City library opened as a full-service library, café and community meeting rooms.


Come read and see pictures about the history of Redwood Shores at the Redwood Shores Public Library.  The exhibit will be available until July 2012, so check it out for yourself!

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Paul Stewart June 01, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I must admit item #1 really caught my attention. Having resided in South Bay Area virtually all my life, the contrast between the original project scope and the final results (so many housing units lost) sounds like deja vu when it comes to projects like the Saltworks. And I recall out-of-town groups like Save The Bay decrying the Redwood Shores project as the ultimate despoiler of the region and ending Western civilization as we know it. I guess the ultimate irony is that some of the opponents of the Saltworks now live in Redwood Shores. It's good to know the jingoism can be recycled.
Lou Covey, The Local Motive June 01, 2012 at 03:10 PM
They left out the fact that Redwood Shores sank into the bay after the Loma Prieta earthquake, sliding into the sink hole left by the disappearance of Foster City.
Diana Wong June 01, 2012 at 06:27 PM
@ Lou, I didn't realize Redwood Shores was so dramatically affected by the Loma Prieta earthquake. Some of the houses in RWS were built before 1989, so I guess not all of the neighborhood was affected.
Lou Covey, The Local Motive June 01, 2012 at 07:03 PM
You know I was joking, right?
Diana Wong June 01, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Ah, I missed the humor nuances in your post. :)


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