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Gateway to the Peninsula

by Samuel C. Chandler

This e-book is in PDF format which requires the free Adobe Reader® to view. If you do not already have the Reader, download it from here.

Read or download the entire book (163 MB)

Chapter 1—Early History
Chapter 2—First Settlers
Chapter 3—The Development of Colma
Chapter 4—The Top of the Hill
Chapter 5—Daly’s Hill
Chapter 6—Earthquake and Fire of 1906
Chapter 7—Jefferson Elementary Schools
Chapter 8—Bayshore School District
Chapter 9—Jefferson Union High School District
Chapter 10—Cemeteries
Chapter 11—Saloons-Hotels
Chapter 12—Gaming
Chapter 13—Dog Racing
Chapter 14—A Decade of Boxing Fame
Chapter 15—Flower Growing
Chapter 16—Truck Gardening
Chapter 17—Dairying and Stock Raising
Chapter 18—Roads
Chapter 19—Railroads
Chapter 20—Rapid Transit
Chapter 21—Daly City
Chapter 22—Lawndale-Colma
Chapter 23—Westlake (Daly City)   more info
Chapter 24—Bayshore (Daly City)
Chapter 25—Broadmoor
Chapter 26—The Era of the Builders
Chapter 27—Serramonte and Southern Hills
Chapter 28—Brisbane
Chapter 29—San Bruno Mountain
Chapter 30—The Gateway Cities Face the Future
Footnotes & Bibliography

This book is also available in print at all Daly City Public Library locations. You can purchase your own copy at the Library for $20 (paperback) or $40 (hardcover).


Sam Chandler
City Librarian 1958-1983