Our readers discover more huts!
From Ruth Satterthwaite:
There are still some along El Camino Real in Palo Alto.
…The Old Pro at the intersection of El Camino Real and Page Mill Road, which was shut down in April 2007 and replaced by the AT&T retail store.
…. 4 Less Smog Check of Palo Alto at 3508 El Camino Real and Nine Minute Oil & Lube at 3839 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. If you can get your hands on a copy of Over Time Palo Alto 1947-1980, by Ben Hatfield with Barry Anderson (ISBN 978-0-7385-4691-9, published in 2008 by Arcadia Publishing), you should find a number of aerial photos of Palo Alto, several of which show Quonset huts, only some of which still exist.
From Barbara Ebel:
In the Belmont Corporation Yard on Sem Lane (off Shoreway Rd) the sign shop is housed
in a Quonset hut. (I worked for the City of Belmont for 21 years.)
Got it! Thanks for the addition. I see it's even got curtains in the windows. Did you ever go in it? I wonder what it's like in the summer. Maggie
Yes, I've been in it. I know the auto shop (building
opposite)was hot in the summer. I stored some material for a county-wide storm water program I chaired for a while in the auto shop. The shop manager added ceiling insulation bit by bit and that helped. I don't know if Rick (sign guy) did the same; probably. They were all very good with construction and fixing things. Barbara
Quonset huts started to appear as surplus after the war. The earliest ads are from around 1945-6. Notice that one article reports that a hut was washed up on the beach near Half Moon Bay and taken as salvage!
San Mateo Times, 12 Dec. 1952
San Mateo Times, 3 May 1946
San Mateo Times 18 July, 1953