Happy 100th Birthday, El Camino Real!

Peninsula leaders will gather on El Camino Real in San Bruno at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the road's groundbreaking.


One-hundred years ago today, Aug. 7, 2012, ground was broken in San Bruno to begin construction of what would eventually become one of the most widely used roads in northern California - El Camino Real.

At 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, Peninsula officials will gather on that spot in San Bruno to commemorate El Camino Real's centennial anniversary.

Slated to appear are State Assemblyman Jerry Hill, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, San Mateo County Supervisor Adrienne Tissier, San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane, and others.

The festivities will include a historic car procession, featuring members of The Mid Peninsula Old Time Auto Club, stretching along El Camino from San Bruno to Washington Park in Burlingame. 

El Camino Real - now State Highway 82 - was the very first contract of a statewide construction project authorized by California voters who passed an $18-million bond measure in 1909. Groundbreaking on the “Royal Road” made possible the building boom that created the Peninsula and Silicon Valley.

Today, El Camino Real stretches through 19 cities in the Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

In conjunction with the anniversary, Assemblyman Jerry Hill on Tuesday morning will also introduce a resolution (HR 36) "celebrating a highway that today provides an indispensable artery in the life of the Bay Area," said Hill's communications director, Aurelio Rojas.

The celebration will begin in front of San Bruno's City Hall at 567 El Camino Real in San Bruno.

Russ Cohen August 07, 2012 at 04:29 PM
FYI, The eucalyptus lined stretch of El Camino Real in Burlingame, the only stretch without commercial development, was recently named to the National Trust for Historic Preservation's list of historic places. Congrats to those who made it happen.
Bob August 07, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Russ from what I was told by PGE managers a while back those trees only remain because the number of gas stations and shops that lined that route in the past. PGE had wanted to underground the utilities but was afraid of opening up toxic ground and having to deal with it as mandated by today's codes.
commuter August 07, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Wish they would close the road to cars for a day to encourage local residents to walk or bicycle the length of the street in one day.
Claire Karoly Ard August 07, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Cool story! Sharing on NDNU's FB page.
Gary Mondfrans for Pacifica August 10, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Wow wish I had known of this in advance so we could have arrange for someone to work my new store www.PacificPassions.us . I have been very busy with that since I retired from San Francisco's Department of Emergency Services in June, working my new store full time as well as getting enough signatures on my Nomination Papers for the Pacifica City Council where I have lived for the past 25 years. Gary J. Mondfrans, Twice elected Councilman and Former Mayor of San Bruno.


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