It started here

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There is no place quite like Palo Alto. The birthplace of Silicon Valley — incubator of tech giants such as HP, Facebook and Google –the city thrives on innovation. Since its founding on April 23, 1894, Palo Alto has played a pivotal role in the arts, education, politics, technology and science, becoming the address of choice for dozens of Nobel Prize winners, tech visionaries, leaders of major arts movements and even a U.S. president. To recognize the city’s 125th anniversary, the Palo Alto Weekly has created a timeline highlighting the entrepreneurial spirit and creativity of this tight-knit community and the events and people whose zest for pushing beyond the established boundaries have made the city a recognized leader with far-reaching influence.

-Linda Taaffe, Palo Alto Weekly(Kevin Legnon contributed to this timeline.)


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