Varian Associates

Varian Associates

Varian Associates was one of the first high-tech companies in Silicon Valley. It had its first headquarters in San Carlos 1948. At the time, Varian Associates had $22,000 of capital and six full-time employees, receiving technical and business assistance from several...
San Carlos Today

San Carlos Today

Today, based on the latest 2022 data from the US census, the current population of San Carlos is 30,034. San Carlos, California is the 1,307th largest city in the US.

Lenkurt Electric Company

Lenkurt Electric Company was a microwave and telecommunications company established by Lennart Erickson and Kurt Appert in 1944. Lenkurt Electric Co. was located east of what was then the Southern Pacific Railroad corridor in the industrial section of San Carlos. In...

The Library and School

A library was formed in August 1910 due to the efforts of Mrs. Kate Farnham and her daughter Mary. This library was initially located at the Southern Pacific Depot of San Carlos. In 1916 San Mateo County’s first Library Branch was recorded as being here in San...
The Mission Dolores

The Mission Dolores

Established in 1776 by the Franciscan order, the Mission Dolores is the oldest surviving building in San Francisco. Formally named Mission San Francisco de Asís, after Saint Francis of Assisi, the mission was nicknamed Mission Dolores after the nearby creek, Arroyo de...

PHOTO: Aerial photo of downtown San Carlos in 1936 looking west. 1 June 1936. From San Francisco Examiner 1936 Advertising Folio

PHOTO: Inspect Engine 1, a restored 1927 built Seagrave Fire Engine, as displayed in the Museum of San Carlos History
The First Hometown Days Parade

The First Hometown Days Parade

On a September weekend in 1980, San Carlos residents were heading to Burton Park for the inaugural Hometown Days. Saturday, September 27th started with rain in the morning, but the sun appeared in the afternoon and so did hundreds of people. At the end of the day on...

PHOTO: Greyhound Buses, San Carlos Theater, Moe’s TV, and San Carlos Organ Studio in the 1970s
War Dog Training Camps in San Carlos

War Dog Training Camps in San Carlos

One of the five War Dog Training Camps run by the Army Quartermaster Corps during World War II was in San Carlos, specifically at the H & H Ranch, two and a half miles west of San Carlos. Construction began in October and was completed by December of 1942. The...
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