Arcadia Publishing, 2006 - 128 pages
Mountain View earned its name for its scenic vantage point
between the Santa Cruz and Diablo ranges. Founded as a stagecoach stop along the El Camino Real in 1852, Mountain View became a diverse and bountiful agricultural community in the "Valley of Heart's Delight." During the depths of the Depression, Bay Area citizens raised almost half a million dollars to purchase land north of town that was offered to the navy. The gamble paid off with the opening of Moffett Naval Air Station in 1933, inaugurating Mountain View's turn toward commercial and residential development. It was in an old apricot storage barn on San Antonio Road that William Shockley founded the first silicon manufacturing company in 1956, making it the true birthplace of the "Silicon Valley."
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El Camino Real
Downtown and Old Mountain View
The North Bayshore District and Moffett Field
1906 earthquake Awalt blacksmith block of Castro built California Street Camino Real campus Castro City Castro Street celebration Central Expressway city hall City of Mountain city's construction corner of Castro Courtesy MVHA Crisanto Cuesta Drive Dana Street demolished downtown Drive-In early El Camino Real Emma Sias family's Forencich Grant Road Harvest Festival Henry Rengstorff Highway intersection Japanese Joe Melena land landmark left to right located mall Miramonte Avenue Mountain View Cemetery Mountain View High Mountain View Public Mountain View residents MVPL neighborhood Old Mill Old Mountain View opened orchard Pacific Press Photograph by Joe Photograph by Robert photograph shows photograph was taken pictured ranch relocated Rengstorff House replaced restaurant Robert Weaver Rogers Building San Antonio San Antonio District San Francisco Santa Clara second floor shopping centers Shoreline Amphitheatre Shoreline Boulevard Shoreline Park Stevens Creek structure Swall Today town Tuban View High School View's Villa Street Weilheimer Whisman