Redwood City's Earliest Influencers: From the Ohlone to the Mexican Rancheros

The City of Redwood City celebrates an important milestone this year – it’s sesquicentennial – which feature many events and programs throughout the year, including the upcoming 150th Anniversary Festival and Flower Extravaganza on May 20.

Although the City is excited it has reached this important milestone in our history – the 150th anniversary of its incorporation – it’s important to acknowledge the diverse people who came before 1867 and played a vital role in the development of Redwood City.

Take a look at these three pre-incorporation periods in Redwood City’s past, covered eloquently by author Mitchell Postel, president of the San Mateo County History Museum. These excerpts come from his book “San Mateo County – A Sesquicentennial History” – which he released in 2007 just after the County celebrated their own 150th anniversary.

Ohlone Period

Spanish Period

Mexican Rancho Period

For more insights into Redwood City’s illustrious past, check out other posts by special guests on this sesquicentennial history blog, as well as the City’s blog, Redwood City VOICE.