Atherton, California

related topics
{area, community, home}
{household, population, female}
{build, building, house}
{land, century, early}
{town, population, incorporate}
{son, year, death}
{government, party, election}
{math, number, function}
{city, large, area}
{film, series, show}
{car, race, vehicle}
{group, member, jewish}
{school, student, university}
{area, part, region}

Atherton is an incorporated town in San Mateo County, California, United States. Its population was 7,194 at the 2000 census. In September 2010, Forbes magazine placed Atherton's zip code of 94027 at #2 on their annual list of America's most expensive zip codes, with a median home price of $4,010,200. Atherton is one of the wealthiest cities in the United States.[8]

Contents

History

In 1866, Fair Oaks (Atherton) was a flag stop on the California Coast Line of the Southern Pacific Railroad between San Francisco and San Jose for the convenience of the owners of the large estates who lived north of Menlo Park. The entire area was called Menlo Park. It had been part of the Rancho de las Pulgas that had covered most of the area, which is now southern San Mateo County. There were several attempts to incorporate Fair Oaks, one in 1874 and another in 1911.

In 1923, Menlo Park wished to incorporate its lands to include the Fair Oaks lands. During a meeting of the representatives of the two communities, it became clear to the Fair Oaks property owners that in order to maintain their community as a strictly residential area, they would have to incorporate separately. Both groups rushed to Sacramento but the Fair Oaks committee arrived first. It was at that time they realized that they could not keep the name Fair Oaks, as it was already the name of a town near Sacramento. It was decided to honor Faxon Dean Atherton who had been one of the first property owners in the south peninsula and name the Town for him. Atherton was incorporated on September 12, 1923.

Faxon D. Atherton, a native of Massachusetts, had spent several years in Chile and Hawaii as a trader in tallow, hides and merchandise. His friend and business associate, Thomas Lark had written to him "there is education available for your children and a dignity of living on landed estates down the San Francisco peninsula (that is) convenient and accessible." Atherton purchased 640 acres (2.6 km²) for ten dollars an acre ($2470/km²)in 1860. His home, "Valparaiso Park", was built several years later. It was simple in design and ample for his family of seven children.

Because of the development of the railroad, other San Franciscans traveled south and established summer homes. Because the dirt roads were usually impassable in the winter, the families were only in residence from May through September.

Thomas H. Selby purchased 420 acres (1.7 km²). A successful businessman, he served as mayor of San Francisco. His country estate was called "Almendral". John T. Doyle, an attorney, built a home off Middlefield Road, "Ringwood". James C. Flood purchased successive parcels and built an extravagant mansion, "Linden Towers".This is now Lindenwood. The Joseph A Donohoe estate was "Holmgrove" and is now the site of Menlo Atherton High School. James Thomas Watkins' home was "Fair Oaks" and after two moves, stands restored today on Alejandra Avenue.

Full article ▸

related documents
Fresno, Texas
White Marsh, Maryland
Bethesda, Maryland
Stansbury Park, Utah
Waldorf, Maryland
South Windsor, Connecticut
Enfield, Connecticut
Great Neck, New York
Old Bethpage, New York
Crozet, Virginia
Olney, Maryland
Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Dunwoody, Georgia
Hartsdale, New York
Highland Park, Texas
Beach Haven West, New Jersey
Howard, Wisconsin
Fernley, Nevada
Berwyn, Illinois
Edgewood, New Mexico
Irvington, New York
Bluffton, South Carolina
Glencoe, Illinois
Dublin, California
Riverside, Illinois
Glenview, Cook County, Illinois
Celebration, Florida
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan
Lincolnshire, Illinois