A Partnership
This site is a partnership between the South San Francisco Public Library and the South San Francisco Historical Society for the purpose of preserving and making available to the community information and artifacts from South San Francisco's past.
The Grand Avenue Library houses the South San Francisco History Room devoted to the historical development and current events in South San Francisco.  The Local History Collection was established in 1967 and is located downstairs at Grand Avenue Branch Library, 306 Walnut Avenue.  The collection includes photographs, building and genealogical resources, pamphlets, yearbooks, oral history tapes, maps and many other documents.

The Historical Society is a non-profit organization established in 1980 for all those interested in the history and culture of South San Francisco.

It was originally formed to advocate for the historically significant architecture in the downtown Grand Avenue corridor and for the preservation of landmarks. The Society seeks to achieve this through active support and participation in community planning.Today we now have Sign Hill as a Registered National Landmark, Sidewalk of Names, Magnolia Plaza community room, the Historic Preservation Ordinance, and some 25 historic resources protected against needless destruction. 

A Resident's Reflection on South San Francisco  

Chances are he’s delivered a package or two to you. Driver for the United Parcel Service (UPS) for 26 years and father of two, Archie Evangelista, spends his days and nights in South San Francisco and that’s just fine by him. “It’s such a fun city, I genuinely enjoy living here.” These are his reflections on South San Francisco.

When did you move to South San Francisco?
My family came to South San Francisco in the early 1970’s from San Francisco.  

What brought you to South San Francisco? 

Educational opportunities. My parents had heard great things about the South San Francisco school district and that’s what prompted them to move from San Francisco. We now have two generations living here and I have to say, my daughter LOVES her school!

What is one of your favorite memories of South San Francisco?
Hands down, my favorite memory is of the classic car shows in the parking lot of Gotelli’s Speed Shop on El Camino Real. I’m looking forward to the SSFPD/PAL Car Show coming up next month! 

A close second are fond memories of playing baseball as a kid through Parks and Recreation at Orange Park. My son and I still play catch and run the bases from time to time at the field. 

gotelli speed shop
Sign Hill

What is one piece of history that you think most people don’t know about when it comes to South San Francisco?

When I can’t get to Physique Magnifique on Grand Avenue or feel like I need some fresh air, I like to hike the trails at Sign Hill, it’s a great workout. Other than the amazing views, I am learning more and more about the history of Sign Hill and think more people should take time to learn about it. It’s the gateway to our City and makes it special for many reasons.

What do you think is the “best kept secret” of South San Francisco? 

The marina at Oyster Point is a little piece of paradise. You can even the see the East Bay on a clear day! 

What is your favorite thing to do in South San Francisco?

I can’t get enough of the sandwiches at Little Lucca. It’s that darn secret sauce! My go-to order is roast beef on dutch crunch – don’t forget the secret sauce!

little lucca roast beef

What do you want other people to know about South San Francisco?

Working and living here, I spend my days and nights in this City and never run out of things to do. It’s a fun place with a variety of quality activities for generations to enjoy.

Gotelli’s Speed Shop image from here 
Little Lucca Sandwich Shop image from here