Len Erickson Says: “Show me Farallone RR Station.” See Len’s list of Coastside neighborhoods.

Here’s a pix of the “Farallone City” RR station. This is a postcard labeled Farallone City.

“Farallone City boasted the best building the company owned. The depot was a one-story lath and plaster construction with eight masonary pillars and a shingle roof. It was one of the few buildings that was painted and also had a concrete sidewalk. It was valued at $1114.45 and its condition was 90%.” From “San Mateo Stations As Reported in 1913-14.”

Story by Len Erickson
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In a your re-posting of Shirley Zynda’s article in January there was reference to Farallone City (referred to as now a part of Montara). Do you know of a source that would say more about which part of Montara it was?


I have lived in El Granada for 7+ years, since my wife and I moved to the Coast from Los Altos. For the 20+ years prior to that I was a frequent visitor to the area. I enjoy your web site very much as a never ending opportunity to just dip into bits of history.

My opening question comes from an interest in the neighborhoods of the area which I think of as another level of detail from the community or village names used in the area.

Old Montara
New Montara (Farallone City?)
Moss Beach
Moss Beach East

Marine View

Moss Beach West
Seal Cove
Pillar Ridge
El Granada
Burnham Core
Clipper Ridge
Upper El Granada Ave
On Harbor Boats
Miramar West
Miramar East

Some of these are steeped in history, others created by new development or became separate entities when Highway 1 came through. I’m sure there is texture I’m missing as well. Much of your work captures the people, who make the neighborhoods (no forest without all the individual and varied trees). This is in contrast to Barbara VanderWerf, whose book I also enjoy.


We moved here after she left, but recently worked with her to reprint the Granada book.