Learning your local history is an exciting way to become involved with your community. You’ll meet local volunteers, learn new things, and become part of shaping the future, by knowing the past. Redwood City has a long history, and many walks, talks and buildings that make this effort the perfect “green”, family-oriented outing.
Here are a few bits of history to tantalize you: Redwood City became the first incorporated city in San Mateo County on March 27, 1868. The town was basically self-contained, employing most of its working populace in a diversity of activities (government, education, farming). By the turn of the century, the lumber business had moved out of the area, and other businesses like hotels and general stores had taken its place.
Built in 1910, the Redwood City Courthouse, which is now the San Mateo County History Museum presides over the Plaza. Courthouse Square is flanked by the old Fox Theater building (now a venue for live music), several art galleries and It truly feels like the center of Redwood City. This area was completely revamped and it has revitalized the entire area with food, movies, events, stores and more. This location is so convenient, and is walking distance to Cal Train, Shopping Center, Library and other government buildings. This area is full of life and energy!
The courthouse is two stories, topped by a stained glass dome and bell tower. Eagles and crests adorn the rooftops making it quite a lovely, stately building. Inside you’ll find mosaic tile floors and a grand staircase. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for seniors and children. Entrance to the gift shop is free and you’ll find books about local history and toys for kids
The Courthouse Square is shaping up to be the cultural center of Redwood City, with music, art, events, movies and so much more. The fountains are glorious and the plaza has a welcoming feel and room for the hundreds that make this area their “first stop” for summer fun. The farmers’ market takes place here on Saturdays (April – November).
At the San Mateo Historical Museum, which is part of the courthouse square you can enjoy the building and many exhibits.
2200 Broadway Street
Redwood City, CA 94063
EVENT: on Thursday, February 17, 2011, there will be a film premiere and exhibit opening. The evening starts with the world premiere of the movie The Last Train from Bay Meadow.
Then, celebrate the opening of the exhibit that is at the History museum: ”Broads, Bootlegger and Bookies”.