Historic tours of Redwood City scheduled this month

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In celebration of National Historic Preservation Month, Redwood City is inviting the community to participate in several historic tours in May, according to a city blog.

The first event, an annual walking tour of the city’s historic downtown, will meet Saturday, May, 12 at 10:30 a.m. in front of the 1863 Lathrop House at 627 Hamilton St. This tour invites participants to see where Wyatt Earp occasionally came for a drink, where a Wells Fargo Express Office was locate in 1875, where the city’s first auto shop operated, and much more, according to the city. The tour is about 1.5 hours long and is sponsored by the Historic Resources Advisory Committee (HRAC)

Then on Saturday, May 19, the community is invited to the annual 1859 Union Cemetery Historic Site tour. Sponsored by the Historic Union Cemetery Association, the tour includes stories of Civil War veterans buried by the Grand Army of the Republic, among others. It begins at 10 a.m. at the cemetery at Woodside Road, off El Camino Real.

Also, all 7th grade students from the Redwood City School District will take part in a Historic Downtown Walking Tour, an event sponsored annually by the HRAC for more than two decades. The students will visit three of Redwood City’s downtown historic buildings: the 1863 Lathrop House, Fox Theatre, and the Old County Courthouse. where they learn historical facts from volunteer docents, according to the city.

Of course, if you can’t make it to these tours, you can always stop by the San Mateo County History Museum at 2200 Broadway, which is open Tuesday  through  Sunday, 10 a.m. to  4 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and students  and free for children ages 5 and under.

Photo and flyer courtesy of the City of Redwood City

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