Daniel H. Burnham, called "Father of the City Beautiful Movement," designed Granada, originally Balboa, in 1906, using public plazas, a 640 acre park, oceanfront promenades & boulevards radiating from town center. A masterpiece of urban design. Burnham's plans for Wash. D.C., 1902; Chicago, 1909; and San Francisco, 1905, were not fully adopted.
Here on the Ocean Shore Railroad's line, in coastal San Mateo County, unique Granada was the only Burnham plan ever built. Remaining park areas and tree-shaded streets are reminders of Burnham's vision. By an oversight, the post office recorded the town's name as El Granada in 1909.
A short distance west of this spot are cement remnants near the former depot of the Ocean Shore R.R. which, between 1908 & 1920, carried passengers and freight north to San Francisco and south to Tunitas; Stanley Steamer to Davenport, then on to Santa Cruz by rail.