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Historical Photographs

History plays an important role in the study of the San Francisquito Creek. There is a long history of preservation efforts for the creek. Historical photographs allow us to examine the evolution of the creek.

The following photographs are provided through the courtesy of Jim Johnson. Click on each thumbnail to view the full image. Average file size is about 500KB; some files are over 1MB.

Image map of historic photos. County Bridge at University Avenue, CA 1920 Pope Street Bridge, 1907 PAHA Mitten Crab exoskeletons, SFC at San Mateo Drive, August 29, 1999. Female steelhead with roe below El Palo Alto, March 11, 1988. El Camino Bridge when new, Crandall, date unknown. El Palo Alto, Between 1909 and 1920 (small cap wall added in 1920) PAHA El Palo Alto by the railroad tracks El Palo Alto,  1875 photo of original double-trunked tree PAHA University Avenue Bridge from access road, April 1969. Breakout point, 1900 block Edgewood at Greer, December 22, 1955. Near Clark Avenue, East Palo Alto, January 28, 1943. Corte Madera Creek at Georgia Lane, failed gabion (rock barrier), March 20, 2000. El Palo Alto after 1902 (date of bridge) but before 1904 (date Jane Stanford built concrete footing to prevent further undermining of Leland’s wooden bulkhead) PAHA El Palo Alto, Double trunk lithograph by Vischer, 1869 “Big Tree Station” PAHA El Palo Alto, Before ‘02 (old bridge) showing men on wall. Clothes may pinpoint date of photo. PAHA El Palo Alto

Captions for photos reading from left to right.

Photo 1, Bridge 2:
El Camino Bridge when new, Crandall, date unknown.

Photo 2, Bridge 3
County Bridge at University Avenue, ca1920

Photo 3, Bridge 5:
Pope Street Bridge, 1907 PAHA

Photo 4, PO21 b7-1:
Mitten Crab exoskeletons, SFC at San Mateo Drive, August 29, 1999.

Photo 5, Fish 1:
Female steelhead with roe below El Palo Alto, March 11, 1988.

Photo 6, ELPA 7:
Between 1909 and 1920 (small cap wall added in 1920) PAHA

Photo 7, ElPA15:
By the railroad tracks.

Photo 8, ELPA 1:
El Palo Alto after 1902 (date of bridge) but before 1904 (date Jane Stanford built concrete footing to prevent further undermining of Leland’s wooden bulkhead) PAHA

Photo 9, ELPA 11:
Double trunk lithograph by Vischer, 1869 “Big Tree Station” PAHA

Photo 10, ELPA 12:
Before ‘02 (old bridge) showing men on wall. Clothes may pinpoint date of photo. PAHA

Photo 11, ElPA13:
No Information.

Photo 12, ELPA 2:
1875 photo of original double-trunked tree PAHA

Photo 13, Flood 14:
University Avenue Bridge from access road, April 1969.

Photo 14, Flood 1:
Breakout point, 1900 block Edgewood at Greer, December 22, 1955.

Photo 15, Flood 13:
Near Clark Avenue, East Palo Alto, January 28, 1943.

Photo 16, Gabion 1-7:
Corte Madera Creek at Georgia Lane, failed gabion (rock barrier), March 20, 2000.


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