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Los Altos Turns 60: Glimpses of the Past

Photo Courtesy Of Lisa Robinson/Los Altos History Museum

This photo, originally published in January 1952, shows Adobe Creek overflowing at the corner of Edith and West Fremont avenues. The flood was attributed to 2.39 inches of rainfall in 24 hours.

The year 2012 marks the 60th anniversary of the incorporation of Los Altos. To honor the milestone, “Glimpses of the Past” will periodically publish photos and items from Los Altos newspapers from 1952.

“Mountain View Takes Another Bite” read the headline on an article recounting that city’s annexation of Jardin Place. The story concluded that “unless steps are taken to incorporate, eventually there will be no Los Altos.”

• An article titled “4 Top GOP Contenders to Appear in the City” covered visits to San Francisco from possible GOP presidential candidates Gov. Earl Warren, Sen. Robert A. Taft, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower (represented by Sen. Henry Cabot Lodge) and Harold E. Stassen.

• The Los Altos Post Office’s “conservative” population estimate totaled 13,500 for an area including today’s Los Altos Hills. The estimate represented an approximate 300 percent increase in the six years since the end of World War II. The new Pacific T&T Co. phone book listed 3,352 Los Altos residents.

• The Korean War was still in the news. A photo of Capt. Frederick McCoy accompanied the story of his return after “18 months Korean combat” with the 2nd Infantry Division.

• The Santa Clara County Planning Commission changed street names in the Country Club area “to reduce confusion”: East Terrace Drive to Terrace Drive, West Terrace Drive to Mora Drive, Loyola Drive to Country Club Drive and Fairway Drive to Loyola Drive.

• Dr. Alfred Isk of San Francisco State College served as speaker at the Morning Forum, held at the Los Altos Methodist Community Church.

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