Silicon Valley Historical

A project by Silicon Valley Historical

Silicon Valley Historical is a free mobile app that puts Silicon Valley's history at your fingertips, allowing you to explore the people, places, and moments that have shaped the region's history. Learn about the history of Silicon Valley through map-based multimedia presentations, use social media to share your stories, and experience curated historical tours of the region. It is a work in progress, so be sure to check in frequently for new tours and stories.

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Following a special election in 1887, voters approved plans for a new city hall budgeted at $150,000. The city hired architect Theodore Lenzen, who also designed a new jail, police department, and…

Originally deemed a light industrial zone by the university, by the mid-1950s the district became a site of research and development focused around scientific and technology industries. By the 1970s,…

No place better represented frustrations in Mayfair than Sal Si Puedes. Originally a neighborhood populated predominantly by Puerto Rican farm laborers, Latinos living in Sal Si Puedes moved to the…

Founded in 1948 by Stanford graduates Russell and Sigurd Varian, Edward Ginzton, and William Hansen, Varian Associates was among the first high-tech firms to locate in the Valley. The Varian brothers…