Half Moon Bay History Quiz: Where is This Photo?

Tell us what you know about this historic Coastside scene.

You’ve passed this location hundreds of times driving up and down Highway 1 between Montara and Half Moon Bay. The buildings in the back are no longer standing, and the artichoke fields are long gone.

Still, the land is still there and now serves a new purpose. Do you know where this photo was taken and when?

Tell us the location, date and a brief history of this historic photo, capturing the old-time artichoke farming days of the Coast. Extra points for identifying the Coastsiders pictured here.

Please reply with your answer in the comments section below by Wednesday, Aug. 15. The winner will be announced in Half Moon Bay Patch next Thursday. 

Photo courtesy of Ruth and Walt Arntzen.

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Michele August 17, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Ocean Mist Farms and now it is Seahorse horse rentals
Christa Bigue (Editor) August 17, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Michele, You're a little too south off Highway 1 for this location ... hint: a bit more north before the harbor and you're at the location, which looks quite different these days due to erosion.
Tony Moorhouse August 17, 2012 at 02:26 PM
TONY. The area where the Miramar Beach INN is located as well as many homes. The Miramar Beach Inn many years ago was a grocery store. The road located along the beach front by the Inn went farther north and came out to SR 1 by Surfers Beach before it eroded away.
Christa Bigue (Editor) August 17, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Tony, you are very close! But the buildings in the back are not the Inn and this is not Miramar. The buildings pictured here were actually up to the beach and were used mainly by vacationers. Any ideas?
Tony Moorhouse August 17, 2012 at 04:19 PM
I am guessing it is the open area just North of the Miramar Beach Inn where the walking trail was recently constructed starting by Surfer's Beach and heading South.
Christa Bigue (Editor) August 18, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Yes Tony, that is the area! Anyone know what the buildings are?
Dee August 24, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Could this be along El Granada's beachfront. There use to be a bathhouse on the beach and the taller buidling in the photo looks like it but not sure what the other buildings are. Hard to imagine that there were archichoke fields growing along Surfer's Beach back in the day! What a wonderful sight that must have been.
Tony Moorhouse August 27, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Guessing the buildings could be packing sheds to ship artichokes and vegetables.
Christa Bigue (Editor) August 29, 2012 at 12:48 PM
This photo is along El Granada beachfront in the 1920s when artichokes grew in this area, and the bathhouse in the background became the cook house and boarding house for farm hands. On the left is Dante Dianda, the man who owned and farmed most of this tract in El Granada. Both Tony and Dee win the quiz for effort and coming so close to guessing what this photo is all about! Thank you for participating.
Tony Moorhouse August 30, 2012 at 12:23 AM


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