Half Moon Bay History Quiz: What’s This Photo?

Tell us what you know about this historic Coastside scene.

Do you know something about this remarkable old building that stood on the Coastside during the years of golden dreams — when we thought that our community would have a hint of the glorious style that was emerging in nearby San Francisco and the Peninsula?

What is this photo of and where was this building located on the Coast? What’s the history of this building? Here’s a little hint: This business had several names and owners and a couple of different purposes since it first opened in the late 1860s.

Tell us a brief history of this photo, courtesy of the Half Moon Bay History Association (HMBHA), by writing your answer in the comments section below.

All correct answers will be entered into a random drawing, which will determine the winner.

The winner will get a prize: a copy of “Treasures of Half Moon Bay” walking guide to historic locations in town (usually sells for a $10 donation to the HMBHA).

Please reply with your answer in the comments section below by Feb. 15, 2013. The winner will be announced in Half Moon Bay Patch on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. 



·         Of course, this contest is just for fun! But a contest is a contest, and as such there must be official rules. Here are official rules:

·         Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 and older.

·         To enter, write your answer to the question in the comments section of this article.

·         The winners will receive an award from the Half Moon Bay History Association.

·         A random drawing of all the correct and most plausible answers will determine the winner. Plausibility will be loosely judged by the Half Moon Bay History Association.

·         All entries must be received and votes must be logged by 5 p.m. on Feb. 15, 2012.

·         You may enter only one answer per person.

·         The prizes are 1) The fun of winning plus 2) A copy of the colorful history walking tour guide book, “The Treasures of Half Moon Bay.” It is a pleasant “Now and Then” look at historic buildings, places, and things in the Half Moon Bay community. It is published by the HMB History Association, and “sells” for a $10 donation.

·         The Sponsor of the “What’s This Photo” contest is the Half Moon Bay History Association.

Like history? Want to join the Half Moon Bay History Association? The next meeting is on Jan. 10, 2013. To join and for more information about the Half Moon Bay History Association, located at 326 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, visit www.HalfMoonBayHistory.org or call (650) 726-4468. The HMBHA is always looking for new members and volunteers. Annual dues are $25. Tell the stories, keep the records and be a part of how our Coastside came to become itself. Call or e-mail Info@HalfMoonBayHistory.org for a 2013 membership.

Tony Moorhouse February 01, 2013 at 02:36 PM
The Occidental Hotel? I belive a stagecoach that came West on present day Highway #92 would stop at the Hotel to drop off passengers and mail before preceding South towards San Gregorio. Just a guess.
silvio modena February 01, 2013 at 03:59 PM
It's a photo of the Occidental Hotel on Kelly Ave had to be sometime in the 1900's on Kelly Ave. It was said a" First Class Hotel."
Randy Randleman February 01, 2013 at 05:07 PM
That looks to be the original Dawson Hotel, later named the Schuyler. It burned in 1894 and was replaced by the Occidental Hotel. I believe it was on Kelly Ave at Purissima across from the mortuary.
Brad Higgins February 02, 2013 at 01:35 AM
This is the Occidental Hotel. It burned down in 1894 and was replaced by a 2 story hotel.The new hotel remained open until the 2nd World War. It was eventually torn down and replaced by a post office.
Randy Weber February 07, 2013 at 06:04 AM
Agree with Randy R...First the Dawson Hotel circa 1860's then Schuyler in 1870's to Occidental in 1890's located on southeast corner of Kelly Ave. & Purissima St. Became US Army barracks in World War II.


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