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Catalog Number 2001.025.001
Description Half Moon Bay Coastside Blanket, n.d. Blanket is made of woven cotton with an off-white background, green imagery, green border with two thin, white lines (1.25" thick), and green and white fringe (1.5" long). The center of the blanket reads "Half Moon Bay / Coastside / California". The imagery (from left to right, top to bottom), Cunha's Country Store, Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Half Moon Bay Bakery, Point Montara Lighthouse, Methodist Church, Zaballa House, James Johnston House, Pillar Point Harbor, Alves House, and San Bento House. The name of each building or landmark is written below each image. Rectangular in shape with vertical edge being the longer length. White adhesive velcro attached to back of the upper edge
Object Name Blanket
Collection 3D - Bedding
Title Half Moon Bay Coastside Blanket, n.d.
Date n.d.
Creator Unknown
Role Fiber Artist
Inscription Text "Half Moon Bay / Coastside / California" (center of blanket); "Cunha's Country Store Pigeon Point Lighthouse Half Moon Bay Bakery / Point Montara Lighthouse Methodist Church / Zaballa House James Johnston House / Pillar Point Harbor / Alves House San Bento House" (text written below the imagery - from left to right, top to bottom)
Notes "Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. Its population was 11,324 as of the 2010 census. Immediately at the north of Half Moon Bay is the Pillar Point Harbor and the unincorporated community of Princeton-by-the-Sea. The urban area had a population of 20,713 at the same census…Half Moon Bay began as a rural agriculture area, primarily used for grazing of cattle, horses, and oxen used by Mission San Francisco de Asis (established in June 1776). Following the secularization of the Mission, Tiburcio Vásquez received the Rancho Corral de Tierra Mexican land grant in 1839 and Candelario Miramontes was granted Rancho Miramontes (later known as Rancho San Benito) in 1841.

The community began to develop in the 1840s as the first real town in San Mateo County. Known originally as San Benito, the town was renamed Spanishtown and attracted a thriving fishing industry in addition to its continued importance to coastal agriculture. Spanishtown became a racially diverse community, settled by Canadians, Chinese, English, Germans, Irish, Mexicans, Italians, Scots, Portuguese, and Pacific Islanders. Regular stagecoach service was established with San Mateo; coaches also served the communities of Purissima, Lobitos, and San Gregorio. Levy Brothers opened a department store in downtown Half Moon Bay. Spanishtown was officially renamed Half Moon Bay in 1874. The area grew very slowly, even after the Ocean Shore Railroad began serving the community in 1907.

The construction of Pedro Mountain Road in 1914 provided better access to San Francisco and probably contributed to the demise of the railroad by 1920. The USS DeLong ran aground at Half Moon Bay 1 December 1921. During Prohibition "rum runners" took advantage of dense fog and hidden coves in the area to serve a number of roadhouses and inns, some of which operate today as restaurants. Real growth in the area came after World War II with the construction of numerous subdivisions, eventually leading to the incorporation of Half Moon Bay in 1959. The city preserves a historic downtown district which includes historic buildings dating as far back as 1869." [,_California 3/22/2017]
Dimensions H-72 W-49.5 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Alves House
Cunha's County Store
Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay - Businesses
Half Moon Bay Bakery
Household Goods
James Johnston House
Landmarks - San Mateo County
Methodist Churches
Pigeon Point
Pigeon Point Lighthouse
Pillar Point
Pillar Point Harbor
Point Montara
Point Montara Lighthouse
San Bento House
Zabala House
Subjects Blankets
California history
Half Moon Bay