The second attempt to form a city came between 1907 and 1917 when the San Carlos Park Syndicate was formed. After the 1906 Earthquake this organization bought more acreage from Phelps. In 1907, the San Carlos Park Syndicate used an elaborate sales campaign to try to make San Carlos a second Hillborough, calling the area Oak Park.  Mr. William Woosley in 1909 became the secretary of the San Carlos Park Syndicate. He bought the previous land holdings, from the Land Company.

Woosley began the reservoir on Northam, improved San Carlos Avenue (known then as Cypress Ave.), laid sidewalks, installed beautiful concrete urns filled with flowers along the Avenue and had a plan to use the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exhibition Ohio Building as a future clubhouse. To this end, he moved the Ohio Building to San Carlos from San Francisco on the bay on barges (unique to this time). As mentioned, he envisioned the city of San Carlos as the Hillsborough of the peninsula. World War I in 1917 stopped this organization’s progress in the forming of our city and the Syndicate closed its books. The mortgages were then acquired by the Mercantile -Trust Company (later to become American Trust).

PHOTO: In 1907, the San Carlos Park Syndicate used an elaborate sales campaign to try to make San Carlos a second Hillborough, calling the area Oak Park.

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