Redwood City is the San Mateo County seat as well as the town known for its excellent weather - where the city's slogan is Climate Best By Government Test. Beginning in 1851, the town served as the bay side terminus for the peninsula's lumber industry. Wharfs located along Redwood Creek formed the basis of the town's commercial district. Subsequent growth in first half of the 20th Century saw the city's thriving port expand to the east bringing with it new industries such as The Pacific-Portland Cement Co., the Morgan Oyster Co., and Leslie Salt.
The city's downtown area played host to many civic events, was home to numerous theaters, and was the region's largest retail district. In the 1950s, the city grew along the Woodside Road corridor as more people discovered life along the San Francisco peninsula. Soon after, the city expanded to the north when Redwood Shores, with its tranquil waterways, was added to the city's boundaries. Today, Redwood City has come full circle with a new theater district, revitalized downtown, and restored courthouse square.
Images of America: Redwood City draws extensively from the photographs of Reg McGovern, a Redwood City native and long time Redwood City Tribune photographer. While working at the paper, he met staff reporter Janet Reinka, and the couple were married in 1984. Janet now works for the San Mateo County Transit District in the communications department. Co-author Betty Veronico, a commercial property manager, was born and raised in Redwood City. Together with her husband, Nicholas A. Veronico, a military and aviation historian, the couple has written five additional titles for Arcadia Publishing.
The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.
6.5" x 9.25", softbound, 128 pages, 205 photos. Published by Arcadia.