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Palo Alto is home to 61,200 residents. Located in Santa Clara County, it is a part of the Silicon Valley. Nearby major cities include San Francisco and San Jose.

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An early image of the H.P. garage at 367 Addison Avenue. Photo: PA Historical Assoc.
An early image of the H.P. garage at 367 Addison Avenue. Photo: PA Historical Assoc.


Hewlett-Packard, Co. was founded by David Packard and William Hewlett in 1938. The two first set up shop in Palo Alto at 367 Addison Ave. making all sorts of odd electronic gadgets in 1938. The famous garage that first housed Hewlett-Packard Co. still stands, and in August 1988 it was named a state historic landmark. (more...)

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El Palo Alto, circa 1910

El Palo Alto is a coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) tree located in El Palo Alto Park on the banks of San Francisquito Creek in Palo Alto. El Palo Alto, roughly translated, means the tall tree in Spanish.

The tree is California Historical Landmark No. 2. It is recognized by the National Arborist Association and International Society of Arboriculture for its historical significance as "a campsite for the Portola Expedition Party of 1769"; being frequented by the Costanoan/Ohlone Indians; and for its use as a sighting tree by surveyors plotting out El Camino Real. The tree is depicted on the city of Palo Alto's official seal and on the seal of Stanford University. It is presumably the origin of the city's name. (more...)

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In the news, from Palo Alto Online

Palo Alto, fired library contractor exchange 'cover up' accusations
24 July 2014: by Gennady Sheyner

The court battle between the City of Palo Alto and the contractor it has accused of badly botching the long-delayed construction of the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center has taken on clandestine elements over the past month, with each side accusing the other of illegally hiding crucial documents.


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Deer at Foothills Park

Palo Alto has 35 parks and fields, 162 acres of which are in an urban setting. Each park-goer is drawn for a special reason - be it to play a set of tennis, create a painting at the Baylands, sit and ponder life or unwind under an oak tree at Foothills Park as the deer graze nearby.

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