There are many “nice” things about San Mateo, CA. It has a mild climate, a lot of beautiful homes (as the one below), interesting (but not necessarily exciting) history, etc. But is there anything special or unusual about San Mateo?
Here are 10 things I came with:
- You Tube was a San Mateo startup (http://youtube.com/ ). They are in San Bruno, CA now. Here is their Last Day in San Mateo
- Movie studio around 1923-5 - I read about in the Daily Journal, but cannot find the link!). San Mateo had a shot at becoming Hollywood, but I guess the weather in the South is better! Can you help to find the link???
- Bay Meadows Race Track – it still exist, but it might be its last year. Seabiscuit ran here! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bay_Meadows )
- Lure Restaurant – if you look for a special (San Francisco like, expensive place with great food and décor, make sure you come here. It is in walking distance to San Mateo movie theaters (see #7) http://www.lurerestaurant.com
- The San Mateo Performing Arts Center located on San Mateo High School, is one of the largest theatres on the peninsula outside of San Francisco (per Wikipedia)
- Pier 1 Imports – was founded 1962, in San Mateo (per Wikipedia)
- B Street cinema district - cinema brought the evening traffic to the City and local restaurants. A great place!
- The local economy successfully withstood the dotcom industry crash – the credit goes to the San Mateo City Council! As a matter of fact, they continue doing a great job. Click Here to visit a very informative city website.
- Coyote Point Museum (one of the best natural history museums and wildlife centers in California, according to Wikipedia entry )
- Yul Kwon, winner of Survivor: Cook Islands.
To read more about San Mateo and its history, please go to the following website:
I am sure that I missed many special or unusual things about San Mateo. Can you provide your input on unusual things that happened in San Mateo or about San Mateo?
I am closing with a picture of the San Mateo Bridge across SF Bay (it is over 7 miles long). Per Wikipedia - the original bridge was built in 1929 and upon completion it was the longest bridge in the world. As a matter of fact, San Mateo Bridge connects Foster City (and not San Mateo) and Hayward and
a picture of San Mateo College – a great place to take undergraduate courses and than transfer them to one of UCs.