Happy Birthday South San Francisco – 107 Years Old!

South San Francisco, CA   September 3, 2015  Submitted by Historical Society of South San Francisco

PREFACE: The Historical Society of South San Francisco shared interesting photos on their Facebook page and we know all our readers would appreciate seeing them as our City turns 107 years old on September 2nd!

Happy 107th Birthday South San Francisco! Here is a newspaper article announcing the incorporation along with some amazing photos of Grand Avenue in 1912. How fun to get a glimpse into the past and see how much has changed.

happy bd SSF 107 yrs old Sept 3 historical society

Happy Birthday South San Francisco! From the SF Call Newspaper Photo SSF Historical Society

Rainy Day on Bayshore Boulevard at Grand Avenue in South San Francisco. © SFMTA Photo | sfmta.com/photo Photo: John Henry Mentz

Rainy Day on Bayshore Boulevard at Grand Avenue in South San Francisco.
© SFMTA Photo | sfmta.com/photo
Photo: John Henry Mentz

Merriam Saloon Currently Peet's Coffee - 102 Grand Avenue © SFMTA Photo | sfmta.com/photo Photo: John Henry Mentz

Merriam Saloon
Currently Peet’s Coffee – 102 Grand Avenue
© SFMTA Photo | sfmta.com/photo
Photo: John Henry Mentz

January 13, 1912 © SFMTA Photo | sfmta.com/photo Photo: John Henry Mentz

January 13, 1912
© SFMTA Photo | sfmta.com/photo
Photo: John Henry Mentz

J. Jorgensen Saloon Currently 76 Gas Station © SFMTA Photo | sfmta.com/photo Photo: John Henry Mentz

J. Jorgensen Saloon
Currently 76 Gas Station
© SFMTA Photo | sfmta.com/photo
Photo: John Henry Mentz

Grand Avenue @ Cypress © SFMTA Photo | sfmta.com/photo Photo: John Henry Mentz

Grand Avenue @ Cypress
© SFMTA Photo | sfmta.com/photo
Photo: John Henry Mentz

To view more historical photos please CLICK HERE

More information from our South San Francisco City website and to follow them on FB CLICK HERE

Historical Society Museum

The Historical Society Museum, located at 80 Chestnut Avenue, is housed in the former offices of the California Water Service Company. For 20 years, the museum was located at the Magnolia Senior Center, 601 Grand Avenue, but it outgrew that location with its growing collection of artifacts and memorabilia. The Society opened its doors at 80 Chestnut Avenue on November 6, 2008.

The Museum collection includes:

  • Vintage wedding gowns and other vintage clothing that belonged to early families
  • A beautiful tea cup collection donated by local residents
  • Photos and artifacts dating from the 1850s to the present, tracing the history of the “Industrial City”
  • Oral history tapes
  • Audio/Visual Room with historic school yearbooks, relevant newspaper articles, maps, Bay Area historical reference materials and paintings from local artists
  • Rotating Special Exhibit Room
  • Public database for researching historical photographs

Knowledgeable docents are available to answer questions and guide visitors.

The museum store includes the video/DVDs “Sign of the Times” (1987), a document of the history of Sign Hill; “Baden toBiotech” (2008), a documentary of the history of South San Francisco; and “The 2008 Centennial Celebration” (2009), a short video highlighting the festivities that occurred during the centennial year. Numerous books on the history of South San Francisco are available, including souvenir pins, coffee mugs, t-shirts, postcards, and the 2008 Centennial postage stamp.

Museum Hours

Tuesday and Thursday
2 – 4 p.m.

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday
1 – 3 p.m.

Admission
Admission is free! Tours are available by appointment: (650) 829-3825

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Everything South City has also received information that one of our oldest homes is currently for sale as a tear down, having been built in 1912 it is now inhabitable. A 3 story 2 unit housing project has been approved for this property.
From the MLS:  Architect drawing approved for a 2 units building with approximately 4,000sq. ft. Proposed 3 story structure will have 7 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms plus garage. CURRENT PROPERTY IS UNINHABITABLE AND MUST BE TEAR DOWN. SALE IS FOR THE LAND VALUE WITH APPROVED PLAN.
301 Chapman was built in 1912 & is currently on the market as a tear down for $530K

301 Chapman was built in 1912 & is currently on the market as a tear down for $530K

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