One of the hidden treasures of our cowmunity is the San Mateo History Museum right next door in Redwood City. It is located at 2200 Broadway in the old Courthouse which was built in 1910. The Courthouse itself is an impressive building with a stained glass dome and mosaic tile floor is well worth the visit. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.
It is a great place to introduce the young-uns to our local history. It features interactive exhibits which are intended to show local history in context to what was happening in the state, nation and world.
Currently the Museum is featuring a photographic exhibit in the Lower Rotunda and Hallways which explore the history of Devil’s Slide. The People’s Tunnel: Highway 1 at Devil’s Slide will be available until-May 12, 2013. The San Mateo County History Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
While history shows how difficult it was to build the tunnel in the first place, Caltrans is facing hurdles in repairing Devil’s Slide today. A 1996 ballot measure required Caltrans to build the tunnel rather than a freeway bypass. The completion date in the opening of this approximately half-a-billion-dollar project has been pushed back once again from early December until sometime in 2013.
When it finally opens a vehicle parade is being planned. So if you want to be part of history check out this.