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Those were the days

Before there was the Ladera we know today, the La Siesta ranch occupied the hilly landscape that was dotted with blue, valley and live oak trees.

Frank and Mary Ann Burke raised prize-winning horses and cattle on the ranch and lived in this elegant home that stood between the ends of North Balsamina and North Castanya in the last two decades of the 19th century. (Portola Valley Archives.)

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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 18, 2013 at 1:01 am

Great photo.

Do you also have one of the old Sharon house? As kids in the early 1960's we used to climb the hill to see how close we dared get to the old house before running away because we were sure we spotted someone or something in the window.


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