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 this historic image, which is from one of their really old glass photo plates 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 five guesses, three were right and those names were put into a random drawing: Brian Ginna, Randy Weber, and Susan Porter-Guarino.

Congratulations Susan Porter-Guarino for winning!

Porter-Guarino wrote-in about the photo: "This looks like the Amesport Landing pier that used to be in today's Miramar area. The first pier was built in 1867 and washed away in 1900. It and was 1,000 feet long. A second pier was built shortly afterwards and was 2,200 feet long. It featured a rail line that farmers used to move produce. This pier survived until the 1930s.”

Great job Susan!

Thank you to everyone who offered an answer, including those who offered answers on Half Moon Bay Patch’s Facebook page.

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

“This is Ames Wharf (constructed in the 1860s by Josiah Ames), which used to load the shipments of the Coastside’s agricultural products out by ship to San Francisco.  The picture was likely taken close to 1900. Ames’ wharf area became a mini-community near today’s Miramar. And its name, ‘Amesport Landing,’ became the name of another little community just a few miles and many years away, within Half Moon Bay. Fragments of the wharf continued to poke out to sea for over 100 years.”

Susan, 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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