The quarterly meeting of the Burlingame Historical Society was standing room only--even though no current City Council members attended. The presentation on the history of the Easton Additions (plural since there were actually seven different additions) was meticulously assembled by Mary Packard and received with rave reviews by about 125 people in the Lane Room at the downtown library.
Ms. Packard started with the first city water records from 1913 and has been researching 110 houses in the Easton Additions that got water service near inception. Comparing those records with real estate maps, Historical Society archive information, Sanborn fire underwriting maps and good ole-fashioned walks around the neighborhood led to a fascinating view of a dozen houses that could easily be recognized from about 100 years ago.
In addition, the crowd was treated to photos of the B'way train station when it was on the other side of the tracks, a view of the original North B'game Women's Club that became the Easton library extension and a number of commercial buildings on B'way. This was all peppered with notes on the former residents and owners. It also led a representative of the San Mateo County Historic Resources Advisory Board who happened to be in the audience to plead with the crowd to push for an Historical Resources Inventory in B'game as 14 of 20 other cities in the county have done.
I particularly liked the discussion of how San Mateo Dr. originally stopped at Oak Grove and resumed a view blocks north of the parcels we see below with the water tower on one. Getting that right of way to complete what we call California Dr. was an early example of B'game deal-making.