I was talking to a prominent realtor in town yesterday who mentioned that Anson Burlingame's grandson Anson III was here over the weekend to check on some property that the family still owns from the original land grant. The realtor said Anson III was quite surprised by a number of things in town since he had not been here before.
First, he was astounded that there was no statue of his grandfather Anson. He figured with all the wealth that has gravitated to Burlingame someone would have seen fit to put up a nice statue. He was pleased to see the Burlingame Ave. train station in such good shape and being used for such a good purpose as a historical museum.
Anson III was also dismayed to see that after all his grandfather had done to build relations with China, the only Chinese restaurant on the Avenue was Panda Express! He was hoping for something more upscale and refused to count Mingalaba or Narin--and rightfully so. He was pleased to see all of the fine homes that had been built on his family's rancho, but worried that they were slightly overgrown for the modest lot sizes that his grandfather had advocated as being the basis of a strong community. Other than those thoughts, Anson III was pleased with how the city looked and hopes to return soon.
He provided this photo of his grandfather in case anyone was interested in working on a statue in his honor.