Historic Half Moon Bay, California


From the discovery and travels of Portola through Spanishtown in 1769, to the early 1850’s when the town known as San Benito had 85 inhabitants, to 1959 and incorporation of the City of Half Moon Bay, one of San Mateo County’s oldest communities, you journey down Main Street through a pictorial history. Learn the origins of the landmark families of Cunha, Hatch, Johnston, Kelly, Francis and Miramontes, whom so many of our streets, schools and beaches are named after. Archival coastal maps are featured as well as descriptive chapters on the Ocean Shore Railroad and the surrounding towns north and south of Half Moon Bay. Contained also is a large listing of those pioneers who rest in the old Pilarcitos Cemetery.

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Cunha's Original Grocery Store - Main & Kelly St

In October 4th, 1900, one of the grandest victorian buildings finally opened in Half Moon Bay. The Francis Brothers General Merchandise Store was on the first floor facing Main Street and the Index Saloon's front door was along the corner of Kelly Avenue next to the horse rider seen above on the left.



Half Moon Bay History Book For Sale

If you are a student of history, a vacationing traveler or one of the fortunate who live here and love our rich coastal heritage, you will find this to be a loving tribute to the community and window to the past. Marina M. Fraser - Half Moon Bay President, Spanishtown Historical Society. Mike has complied an incredible collection of historic photos, information and maps about our unique and historic Coastside that will keep you reading and turning pages for hours. Many photos and the information are from private family albums and memories that have never been published. Mary Bettencourt - Johnston House Historian.


Discovery of Half Moon Bay - Early Exploration, Half Moon Bay’s Early Settlers, Half Moon Bay families: Mary Lou Cunha, Bello’s, Miller, Miramontes, Nunes and much more - Transportation , Maps and Aerial Photographs of the Coastside, Businesses in Half Moon Bay, Business Documents and Receipts, Farming and Ranch Living along the Coastside,The Holy Ghost Celebration , Coastside Schools - Parades, Half Moon Bay Fire Department, Hose Company No. 1, North Coast, Miramar, Princeton, El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara, Farallone, Ocean Shore Railway, South Coast, Hatch Mill, San Gregorio, La Honda, Pescadero, Pigeon Point, Ano Nuevo, Coastsiders, Churches, 1908 Half Moon Bay Precinct Register, 1914 Business, Advertisements, Record of Interments.



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The New York built in 1883 at a length of 266 feet was trying to make San Francisco port sailing from Hong Kong when it was rocked by a violent storm. It ran aground along a Half Moon Bay beach loaded with Chinese cargo on March 13th, 1898.



4th of July Parade, Half Moon Bay























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