Half Moon Bay & Beyond...

Half Moon Bay began as a rural agriculture area, primarily used for grazing of cattle, horses, and oxen used by Mission San Francisco de Asis (Mission Dolores in San Francisco). The community began to develop in the 1840s as the first real town in San Mateo County. Eventually the town was renamed Spanishtown and attracted a thriving fishing industry in addition to its continued importance to coastal agriculture. Spanishtown became a racially diverse community and was officially renamed Half Moon Bay in 1874. Its big claim to fame now is that title "World Pumpkin Capital". It was a brief but interesting first visit for us.

We stumbled upon this sad, abandoned cemetery, dotted with gravesites, with cracked tombstones and mining markers, all in disrepair. The cemetery, in use from 1820 to 1923, was established by priests from Mission Dolores (the mission we toured in San Francisco).
The Catholic Church established it in 1820 as the burial ground of Christianized Indian people and others who died in the coastal area between Santa Cruz and San Francisco. Why it was left to fall apart, I don't know. There is so much history hidden in the rubble. It really was sad.
We paused briefly to learn about John L. Carter at his Memorial Park. Mr. Carter was a man much loved by this Coastside community and was the City’s founding father, leading to the  incorporation of a new town. And what a darling town it is. We will be back.
A delicious dinner, a delayed Christmas celebration and a much fun evening with son #2 and his wife concluded our day in a most delightful way.

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