Inaugural Grand Avenue Historical Walking Tour
This past Saturday, September 30, 2017, the Mayor of South San Francisco, Pradeep Gupta, along with the Historical Society of South San Francisco, South San Francisco Women’s Club joined forces with the South San Francisco Public Library in the inaugural City of South San Francisco Historical Grand Walking Tour. The usually self-guided tour was led by our very own Adam Elsholz, who helped highlight what makes South San Francisco so unique through reinvention, evolution, and transformation. The tour took off with about 50 participants from the steps of City Hall, where each location is marked with a plaque and a number marker on the floor that describes its importance to the history of the South San Francisco.
Some interesting sights (posted above) that were observed over the 1.5-hour tour, was the Plymire-Schwarz House which was the first hospital in South San Francisco. This site is now operated by the Historical Society of South San Francisco, but originally it was the offices of Dr. Harry (aka Henry) Garriston Plymire, one of the City’s first physicians as well as the area’s coroner. Another beautiful scene was the mural painted along the back of the Martin Building (now the Metropolitan Hotel), it depicts the ever-changing history of South San Francisco, and where it hopes to be in the future. The tour ended back at the Grand Avenue Library with artifacts from the History Room that included pictures of entire factories filled with industrial workers and voter registration books, and of course, light refreshments and snacks!