Something Old, Something New - Exploring Historic Downtown Half Moon Bay

By Old World standards, Half Moon Bay is young. But in California history, the town dates back to the Spanish land grants issued in 1841 - and before that, the native Ohlone populated the area since around 320 AD. Half Moon Bay, called "Spanishtown" by the Anglo settlers who came with the great California Gold Rush of 1849, is blessed to have so many 19th century buildings around and near historic downtown Main Street.

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A Mark Twain Moment: The Weather of Half Moon Bay

It was Mark Twain who reportedly quipped, "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." While he didn’t actually say it - aiming his barb instead at an unseasonably cold summer he spent in Paris, France, it is common knowledge that visitors to San Francisco in the summer often have to buy cheap fleece jackets in the souvenir shops because of the fog and decidedly unsummer-like chill in the air.

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