The Winner of the Half Moon Bay History Quiz is …

The Half Moon Bay History Association asked HMB Patch readers to identify this historic Coastside scene. Here’s who got it right.

The Half Moon Bay History Association (HMBHA) submitted the historic rendering featured here and asked Half Moon Bay Patch readers a couple of weeks ago to guess what the image was and where it was located.

The Half Moon Bay History Association judges all answers and all correct answers are put into a random drawing. The winner of the drawing receives 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).

Out of six entries, there was only one correct answer this time. Congratulations Kelly Rogers for your winning answer!

Rogers wrote-in about the photo: "This is a drawing of a fancy, oceanfront hotel that was envisioned for Moss Beach along the railroad route. You can see the train in the background.”

Great job Kelly!

Thank you to everyone who offered an answer, including those who offered answers on Half Moon Bay Patch’s Facebook page. Scott Cowen commented: “Granada, the magnificent Burnham City, which will be to SF what Atlantic City is to Philadelphia, what Coney Island is to New York, what Long Beach is to Los Angeles." James Elliot wrote: “There were no bluffs like this ever in El Granada. Looks like the Ritz to me. Maybe an old proposal?”

Here’s what Dave Cresson of the Half Moon Bay History Association has to say about the photo:

“It’s the picture of a hotel overlooking what is now the Marine Reserve in Moss Beach, part of the ridiculous dreams of the developers who saw the fortunes that a railroad was about to bring to the Coastside circa 1910.”

Kelly, please e-mail Christa Bigue at christa.bigue@patch.com with your address so the folks at the Half Moon Bay History Association can mail you your prize!

Stay tuned next month for the next Half Moon Bay History Quiz courtesy of the Half Moon Bay History Association.

 For more information about the Half Moon Bay History Association, located at 326 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, visit www.HalfMoonBayHistory.orghttp://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.


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