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Best Historic Locations in Palo Alto

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Hewlett-Packard Garage

The Hewlett-Packard Garage at 367 Addison Avenue is California Historical Landmark No. 976 and was dedicated as "the birthplace of Silicon Valley" in 1989. The garage was the workshop of Stanford classmates Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, who rented the garage, shed and adjacent house as the site of their new business, which was founded in 1939. The business was started with a capital of USD538, including their used Sears Craftsman drill press. The audio oscillator was Hewlett-Packard's first product and was developed in this garage. The company soon outgrew the garage and moved to a larger location, but the garage remains an inspiration for inventors everywhere. It was restored to its original condition in 2005 by Hewlett-Packard, and though no public tours of the garage's interiors are offered, visitors can see the exterior of this garage and look at its historical landmark plaque.

Palo Alto, CA, United States
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St. Thomas Aquinas Church

St. Thomas Aquinas Church was consecrated in 1903, making it the oldest church in Palo Alto. Located on Waverly Street, this beautiful church has been the center of the city's community and religious activities since its establishment. Dedicated to Saint Thomas Aquinas, this church takes on a unique Carpenter Gothic Victorian form of architecture, and occupies an imposing position in Professorville. The building features some exquisite works of art like the stained glass window that depicts its dedicated saint. As of today, it functions as the parish church of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish.

Palo Alto, CA, United States
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Stanford University Memorial Church

Under the direction of Jane Stanford, the Stanford University Memorial Church was completed in 1903 in memory of her husband Leland Stanford. Located in the center of the university, it is a jewel of the campus and a beautiful attraction. It is one of the oldest interdenominational churches in the western United States. The building was designed by Charles A. Coolidge in the Romanesque style, and constructed by John McGilvray, who also was in charge of San Francisco's City Hall.

Stanford, CA, United States
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Alta Mesa Memorial Park

Alta Mesa Memorial Park, established in early 1900s, is located on Arastradero Road. The non-denominational burial place covers 72 acres (29.13 hectares) of beautifully landscaped grounds. The old cemetery includes several ground burials and beautiful mausoleums. Many important citizens have been interred here, like Father of Silicon Valley, Frederick Terman, the writer, Kathleen Thompson Norris and David Packard, the founder of Hewitt-Packard, to name a few.

Palo Alto, CA, United States
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