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?
- 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.
- 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.
- Marine World/Africa opened in 1968 on the land where Oracle’s headquarters now reside.
- Redwood Shores almost didn’t get completed when, in 1972, the Leslie Salt Company ran out of money to build the community.
- Fortunately, Mobile Oil Estates bought the property from Leslie in 1973 and continued building Redwood Shores.
- 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.
- After 17 years of operation in Redwood Shores, Marine World/Africa closed their doors on September 30, 1985 and moved to Vallejo, CA.
- 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!