Town Square

Menlo Park returns to 1863

Original post made on Oct 20, 2013

Menlo Park got a glimpse of what life was like in 1863 during a celebration of 150 years of Peninsula train service at the Menlo Park train station on Saturday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, October 20, 2013, 11:09 AM


Like this comment
Posted by randy albin
a resident of another community
on Oct 20, 2013 at 1:23 pm

boy, quickly jump onto this time machine and go back to this date in time. maybe things would be much better in this history. you could even afford the cost of living at this time. wow, this makes this era look so much better than current times

Like this comment
Posted by grand old party
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Oct 20, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Yup, the 1860s was grand old party time, if you were a white man. Women and minorities were not allowed to vote until the 20th century. Slavery was still widely practiced in the USA. While California was technically a free state, the law often turned a blind eye towards slaves purchased in other states until after the Civil War. I guess Caltrain decided to be historically accurate by not showing any non-white men in these photos; they were probably not allowed to ride the trains at that time.