Major Events for the Barron Park Neighborhood, Palo Alto, California, USA
American Indian site:
On Matadero Creek on the VA Hospital property.
More likely a seasonal encampment than a permanent settlement.
Santa Clara Mission:
Cattle were butchered along Matadero Creek,
hence its name which means
place of slaughter/killing.
Part of the reason for the choice of this site apparently was
that the creek provided reasonable flows of water year-round
(for both the humans and the cattle gathered there).
Rancho Rincon de San Francisquito:
In 1841, Governor Alvarado granted 8418 acres
to Jose Pena,
a retired Presidio artilleryman turned teacher.
Rancho Santa Rita:
In 1847, Don Secundino Robles and his brother Jose Teodoro
exchanged their interest in the New Almaden
cinnabar/quicksilver deposits (on Alamitos Creek)
for the Rancho, which they renamed.
(Cinnabar is the ore for quicksilver
which is another name for mercury).
250 acres of the Rancho were sold to pay taxes.
This parcel is today Barron Park and the Stanford Research Park,
and was purchased by Elisha Crosby and named
Sarah and Joseph Wallis obtained Mayfield Farm after a legal action.
They built an ornate mansion.
In 1878, the farm was sold to mining magnate Edward Barron.
He create elaborate gardens;
some of the palms and magnolias can still be seen along
Magnolia, La Selva, and Military Way.
Driscoll Family Strawberry Farm
and at least two dairy farms.
Barron Park neighborhood was born in the booming
1920's as a summer colony for San Franciscans
weary of fog and wind.
In 1975, the Barron Park residents voted to be annexed to
the City of Palo Alto.
Previously, the neighborhood had been an unincorporated island
completely surrounded by Palo Alto.
Note for researchers searching databases: Because Barron Park was
a separate entity for so long, it has its own code (04016) in Codes
for Named Populated Places: Federal Information Processing Standard
(FIPS) 55-3 (see the section
for California) from the National Institute
of Standards and Technology (NIST), formerly the National Bureau of Standards
(NBS). Information pre-dating annexation (and possibly even after) may be
stored under this code (rather than the code for Palo Alto).