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Town of Woodside Information

Community Information for Town of Woodside 

Town of Woodside, began more than a 100 years prior to its inception in 1830, as a sawmill town. Woodside is situated adjacent to Redwood City, Stanford University campus and Portola Valley where it winds up the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Today Woodside consist of open space preserves, large lavish estates, farms, horse trails and vineyards. The town features an intentionally small business district with horse trails criss-crossing throughout the town.    Woodside is popular among local cyclist, becoming increasingly busy on weekends along stretches of popular Woodside Road and Skyline Boulevard, both of which were include in the famous Tour of California cycling race.



Woodside is believed to be one of the oldest English-speaking settlements in southern San Francisco. In the early 19th century Charles Brown constructed the first sawmill on his ranch. By the mid-century, Woodside had a dozen mills producing wood for the booming San Francisco. In 1849, a 20-yr old Marthias Parkhurst purchased 127 acres, which he named ”Woodside”.  The Sequioa Redwood trees in this area are proximately three generation growths. One generation of the trees was used to build San Francisco and the second generation was used to rebuild San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake.   In 1956 Woodside was incorporated in order to prevent urbanization and keep intact the rural charm that makes Woodside so unique.   Today Woodside is among the wealthiest small towns in the United States, with vacant lots (were any to be found) selling for over one million dollars. 

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