Palo Alto History Museum

Inspiring the Future

It happened here - a few stories from the City of Palo Alto.

Juana Briones

Juana Briones purchased the 4,400-Ranch in 1844. A portion of her ranch remained until 2011 in the foothills above Palo Alto, California. Two walls in the oldest corner of the home still exhibited the original rancho home’s construction.

Stanford University

Former California Governor Leland Stanford purchased 650 acres of Rancho San Francisquito in 1876, which began the development of his famous Palo Alto Stock Farm; and later Stanford University.

Arnautoff Murals

A valued treasure of the Roth Building are the building’s murals; completed by Victor Arnautoff, a pupil of Diego Rivera. The Roth Building murals represent aspects of medical care

HP’s Garage

This famous garage is the birthplace of Silicon Valley and where Hewlett-Packard was created. 367 Addison Avenue, Palo Alto, California is a designated California Historical Landmark.