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NEW DATE - Daly City Centennial Celebration Kick-off Set for March 22

Daly City is quickly approaching its 100-year anniversary and plans to commemorate the centennial are underway. Residents, friends, and family are welcome to join the centennial kick-off celebration at City Hall, 333 90th Street, Tuesday, March 22. The Daly City All Stars will provide the musical backdrop for the event scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. A color guard from the Daly City Police Department will make its debut, posting the flags of the United States, California, and Daly City to launch the celebration. Complimentary birthday cake will be served to honor Daly City on its milestone anniversary.

Daly City was born out of a small town known as Vista Grande 100 years ago. The vote for incorporation on March 18, 1911 was close. According to the March 24, 1911 edition of the Colma Record, a total of 274 ballots were cast; 138 townsmen voted in favor of incorporation, 136 voted against it. The name Daly City was chosen to honor John D. Daly, a local farmer who opened his land to refugees of the Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906. The vote was ratified four days later, and on March 22, 1911, Daly City became San Mateo County’s newest city.

The late George Kirchhubel, a prominent Daly City businessman of the time, recounted the events of the contentious incorporation vote in an essay about the City’s earliest days:
“Vista Grande at this time was a town of some two thousand people, made up mostly of refugees from the earthquake and fire. It consisted of the Crocker, Abbey, Hillcrest, Mission, Vista Grande #1, and Vista Grande #2 tracts.
And so on this day of March 18th they started voting early, and it continued through the day, with the voting very heavy after working hours. When finally the polls were closed, nearly every registered voter had voted (note: this was before the suffragette movement, women were not allowed to vote).”

Please join the community in celebrating Daly City’s centennial through the year!