316 Main Street Historical

316 Main Street Historical (HM1W60)

Location: Los Altos, CA 94022 Santa Clara County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 22.698', W 122° 7.0238242'

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—“Eschenbruecher Hardware” —

Built in 1908, this structure housed the first commercial business in the new town of Los Altos. William and Lillian Eschenbruecher operated their hardware store here for more than a year before electricity and water became general available to business lots. As with many early establishments, the hardware store served a dual purpose. William was also the town's first Postmaster and he ran the post office from one corner of his store until 1911, when the post office was moved to the Copeland Building at 397 Main Street.
After a few years William (commonly called "Billy") died. Lillian, his wife, and their young son, Roy, continued with the business for many years. The front of the hardware store has been altered, but it is believed that the original facade exists beneath the present store front.

The Eschenbruecher home, once located at 130 Second Street, was the first home in the downtown triangle. In 1985, this well preserved house was moved to Los Altos Hills, where it serves as the town's Heritage House.
HM NumberHM1W60
Placed ByCity of Los Altos
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, December 8th, 2016 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10H E 578171 N 5862794
Decimal Degrees37.37830000, -122.11706374
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 22.698', W 122° 7.0238242'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 22' 41.88" N, 122° 7' 1.429452" W
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Area Code(s)650, 408
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 316 Main St, Los Altos CA 94022, US
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