Visual History of Silicon Valley

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Prehistory


Leland Stanford in 1881 (portrait at the Cantor Museum)

Stanford: Old Union

Stanford: Bookstore

Stanford: Bookstore


Stanford: Old Union

Stanford: Bookstore

Stanford: Hoover's Tower

Stanford: Old Union


Stanford: Clock and Hoover tower

Stanford: Meier Library

Stanford: Meier Library

Stanford: Green Library


Stanford: Green Library

Stanford: Green Library and Hoover Tower

Stanford: Meier Library

Stanford


Stanford

Stanford: Quadrangle

Stanford: Quadrangle

Stanford: Quadrangle


Stanford: Quadrangle

Stanford: Church at the Quadrangle

Stanford: Quadrangle


Stanford: Quadrangle

Stanford: Quadrangle

Stanford: Quadrangle

Stanford: Quadrangle


Stanford: Hoover Tower

Stanford: Quadrangle

Stanford: Quadrangle

Stanford: Quadrangle


Stanford: Quadrangle

Stanford: Tresidder

Stanford: Knoll/ CCRMA

Stanford: Knoll


Stanford's "Engineering Corner" (1902)

Stanford: on Mayfield

Stanford University


Stanford University

Stanford University

Stanford University


Building 50 in the Stanford quadrangle where the Physics Dept was located in the 1890s

Memorial Church

Stanford: Ginzton Lab (laser research)


Alpine Inn in Portola Valley, one of the few surviving buildings of the era when Stanford was built (3915 Alpine Rd & Arastradero)

Pioneer Hotel in Woodside

Pioneer Hotel in Woodside

Pioneer Hotel in Woodside


The site where the old Garden City Bank Building stood (1909), where Charles Herrold established the first radio broadcasting station in the world, southwest corner of First and San Fernando Sts, San Jose

Herrold's radio station

Site of Garden City Bank Building

Site of Garden City Bank Building


Location of the FTC building, the first Silicon Valley high-tech startup (913 Emerson & Channing, Palo Alto)(Some websites and museums say "916" - i am positive about 913, southeastern corner of that junction, there is also a historical-mark plaque in front of it)

Historical plaque for the FTC building

FTC building as it was originally, copyright Palo Alto Times

FTC building as it was originally


FTC's wireless network

FTC building at 913 Emerson & Channing, Palo Alto

Fischer Labs (1505 Byron St, Palo Alto)


South Hall, UC Berkeley campus

UC Berkeley campus: the place between the Campanile and LeConte Hall (in the picture) where the original radiation laboratory used to be located. Lawrence taught in room 329 of LeConte Hall

Evans Hall, UC Berkeley Campus, where the BSD Unix was developed and "vi" invented

Lawrence Berkeley Labs


UC Berkeley campus

Lawrence Berkeley Labs

Lawrence Berkeley Labs

Lawrence Berkeley Labs: The 88-Inch Cyclotron of 1962


Lawrence Berkeley Labs with the Bevatron of 1954 in the foreground

Lawrence Berkeley Labs: Advanced Light Source

Lawrence Berkeley Labs: Advanced Light Source


Lawrence Berkeley Labs

LBL museum: the sculpture evokes the 184-Inch Cyclotron of 1946

LBL museum

LBL museum


Berkeley campus and Bay

Berkeley campus and LBL

Berkeley campus, LBL and Bay

Lawrence Berkeley Labs


Santa Clara

Santa Clara Univ

Santa Clara Univ

Santa Clara Univ


Santa Clara Univ

Santa Clara Univ

John Joseph Montgomery of Santa Clara College built one of the earliest airplanes in the 1880s (before the Wright brothers)

High-tech at Santa Clara College in the 19th century


HP Garage, where William Hewlett and David Packard started HP (367 Addison Avenue, Palo Alto)


The house of HP's founding garage

HP's founding garage

The location of Hewlett-Packard's first office, now just a parking lot before this building (1940): 481 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto


The location of Hewlett-Packard's first office, now just a parking lot before this building (1940): 481 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto

The location of Hewlett-Packard's early offices (1950s): 395 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto (the building at 481 Page Mill Rd mentioned on HP's website was just a larger garage, and the very first offices were in a wooden building that doesn't exist anymore)

The location of Hewlett-Packard's early offices (1950s): 395 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto

The location of Hewlett-Packard's early offices (1950s): 395 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto


The location of Alza's first office, now Sonsini's office (1940): 950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto

The location of Alza's first office, now Sonsini's office (1940): 950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto

The location of Alza's first office, now Sonsini's office (1940): 950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto

The location of Alza's first office, now Sonsini's office (1940): 950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto


Map of the Alta Mesa cimitery in Palo Alto, where Terman and Shockley are buried

Location of Fred Terman's tomb (note correction: south wall, right side!)

Location of William Shockley's tomb


Fred Terman

Fred Terman

Fred Terman


William Shockley

William Shockley

William Shockley

William Shockley


William Shockley

William Shockley


William Shockley (Computer History Museum)

Shockley's laboratory: 391 San Antonio Rd, Palo Alto (demolished in 2016)

Shockley's laboratory: 391 San Antonio Rd, Palo Alto (demolished in 2016)

Shockley's laboratory as it was back then


Packard's hiring contract

Hewlett's hiring contract

Packard in the Stanford lab

Hewlett in the Stanford lab


NASA Ames (Moffett Blvd/NASA Parkway, Mountain View)

NASA Ames

NASA Ames

NASA Ames


NASA Ames

NASA Ames

The hangars at NASA Ames

The hangars at NASA Ames


NASA Ames Research Center

NASA Ames Research Center

NASA Ames Research Center

NASA Ames Research Center

NASA Ames Research Center

NASA Ames Research Center

NASA Ames Research Center

NASA Ames Research Center


Computer History Museum (1401 North Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View)


DEC PDP1 (Computer History Museum)

DEC PDP1 (Computer History Museum)

DEC PDP1 (Computer History Museum)

IBM 1311 (Computer History Museum)


Babbage's Difference Engine 1 (Computer History Museum)

Babbage's Differential Engine 2 (Computer History Museum)

Babbage's Differential Engine 2 (Computer History Museum)

Babbage's Differential Engine 2 (Computer History Museum)


Babbage (Computer History Museum)

Ken Thompson and Richie (Computer History Museum)

John Atanasoff (Computer History Museum)

Vannevar Bush (Computer History Museum)


Lee Deforest (Computer History Museum)

Philo Farnsworth (Computer History Museum)

Jay Forrester (Computer History Museum)

Robert Everett (Computer History Museum)


Philo Farnsworth's laboratory (1927), where television was invented (202 Green Street & Sansome, San Francisco)

Philo Farnsworth's laboratory (1927), where television was invented (202 Green Street & Sansome, San Francisco)

Philo Farnsworth's laboratory (1927), where television was invented (202 Green Street & Sansome, San Francisco)


Robert Noyce (Computer History Museum)

Fairchild building, the site where Robert Noyce and others co-invented the integrated circuit (844 E Charleston Rd, Palo Alto

Fairchild building in Palo Alto

Fairchild building in Palo Alto


The Varian brothers (Computer History Museum)

Original Variant building in San Carlos (Computer History Museum)

Washington St in San Carlos, where Varian's labs where

Washington St in San Carlos, where Varian's labs where


Washington St in San Carlos, where Varian's labs where

Washington St in San Carlos, where Varian's labs where

Washington St in San Carlos, where Varian's labs where


The ranch in La Honda where Ken Kesey was holding the "acid tests" in the 1960s: 7940 La Honda Rd

Mt Diablo near Walnut Creek

Old Ampex location, now Midpoint Technology Park in Redwood City


Lockheed Martin at Moffett Field

The Palo Alto Research Laboratories of Lockheed Missiles & Space Company (LMSC): 3251 Hanover Street, Palo Alto
The Palo Alto Research Laboratories of Lockheed Missiles & Space Company (LMSC): 3251 Hanover Street, Palo Alto


Ampex' first building: 1313 Laurel St, San Carlos

The old Ampex sign still standing off 101 near Woodside Rd (Broadway & Douglas St, Redwood City), but the new headquarter was at 934 Charter St. Redwood City

Ampex: 934 Charter St, Redwood CIty

Ampex: 934 Charter St, Redwood CIty

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