|Diseño del torreno [sic] de S. Mateo : [Calif.]|
UC Berkeley - Bancroft Library
In 1849 Nicolas de Peyster moved into the abandoned outpost on San Mateo Creek, where sheep had earlier been grazed for San Francisco Mission. He established a roadhouse, the first between San Francisco and San Jose. A year later he moved the roadhouse to the other side of the creek into San Mateo House. That structure stood until 1964. In it's later years it served as a nurse's residence for the adjacent Mills Hospital.
However, San Mateo did not incorporate until 3 Sep 1894 when by a vote of 150 to 25 it officially became a town. By then Crystal Springs Dam had been built, giving the area a secure source of water, and a Fire Department had been established.
City of San Mateo
San Mateo City Charter & Municipal Code
City of San Mateo Document Center
San Mateo Local History Collection - OAC (descriptions and online items)
You will find more information on the history of the City of San Mateo at:
- San Mateo City Inside
- You Know You're From San Mateo
- An Agricultural Guide to San Francisco & the Bay Area
- StoryCorps.me San Mateo
- Images of America - San Mateo