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Local Authors Featured at City Hall Book Signing Thursday, August 25

Gillespie to Lead Walk at Daly City's Historic Top of the Hill on Saturday, September 10

In celebration of Daly City’s centennial, authors Bunny Gillespie and Dave Crimmen will discuss their new book, Then & Now Daly City, Thursday, August 25, 2011 from 4:00 to 6:00 City Hall, 333 90th Street, Daly City. A book signing will follow the presentation.  The event is free and open to the public.

Then & Now Daly City is available at all four Daly City branch libraries and will be sold at the book signing event on August 25.  The book celebrates Daly City’s enigmatic history, and presents vintage and contemporary views of this diverse municipality.  Its release coincides with Daly City's Centennial. 

Author to Lead "Walk and Talk" at Daly City's Historic Top of the Hill Neighborhood

Gillespie, Daly City’s official historian, will lead the first historically-focused walking tour ever sponsored by Daly City on Saturday, September 10, 2011 starting at 2:00 p.m. The free event, slated as part of a series of Centennial commemorations, will focus on Daly City’s Top of the Hill section, considered the oldest and most historic location in the city. History buffs, residents new and old, and students are encouraged to participate and enjoy this unique activity.

The walk and talk will start from the public parking lot at the corner of Bepler Street and San Jose Avenue, the area that embraced John Daly’s dairy ranch from 1868 to 1907. Participants will view or visit approximately fourteen of Daly City’s historic sites.

Included in the walk will be views of the 1905 residence of horse breeder and entrepreneur John W. Marchbank, who brought his Yukon Gold Rush wealth to the Top of the Hill area and established gambling casinos; the pre-incorporation hub of the area’s business and entertainment activities; the building that housed the saloon in which volunteers organized to fight fires in 1907; the extensive remnants of John Daly’s rock quarry that provided railroad foundation stability throughout San Francisco and the San Mateo peninsula, and the “Where Daly City Started” commemorative plaque near the entrance of Crocker Masonic Temple. Some Top of the Hill buildings, primarily constructed between 1905-1911, are still in use although modified over the years.

The history walk will conclude at the Daly City History Museum, 6351 Mission Street, site of Daly City’s first public library. The museum is sponsored by the Daly City/Colma History Guild.

Then & Now Daly City
Paperback, 96 pages
2011, Arcadia Publishing

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