Just a few miles from the legendary city of San Francisco, along the San Mateo coastline is the city of Pacifica. Famous for its stunning coast line, whale watching and countless hiking trails, this city is actually a collection of rural property and small endearing communities.
Pacifica was discovered during the same 1769 expedition that founded the entire San Francisco Bay. Led by Gaspar de Portolaof Os de Balaquer, Spain, the expedition came across the same Mediterranean climate and fertile farmland that later beckoned immigrants from Ireland and Italy. A thriving vegetable farming area soon produced the largest artichoke crop in the country in the 1890s. Today, Catalonia remains Pacifica’s Sister City.
Between 1905 and 1920, the Ocean Shore Railway attracted small settlements around each station. Ray Higgins brought development to the area, building many homes and the San Pedro School. When the student population outgrew the school, Mr. Higgins donated the building to the City of Pacifica and it became City Hall. The coast north of Devil's Slide remained sparsely populated until the post -World War II building room. Developers Andy Oddstad and Henry Doegler later influenced the area with residential planning, and thousands of small houses covered the valleys and crept up the hillsides, each its own district community.
In 1957, Pacifica was incorporated, consolidating nine small communities of Fairmont, Westview, Pacific Manor, Sharp Park, Fairview Park, Vallemar, Rockaway Beach, Linda Mar and Pedro Point. Park Pacifica was later added to the community.
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