Birthplace of Silicon Valley restored

Posted 4 Dec 2005 at 01:43 UTC by Rog-a-matic Share This

On the recent trip to the 2005 RoboNexus in San Jose several of us went by to see the old house and garage designated by many as the birthplace of Silicon Valley. There it stands, on Addision Ave in the heart of Palo Alto, in all its modest glory. A small frame house with a 1-car (1-carriage) garage set to the left and behind.

That small garage served as the lab and production line for the first products from Stanford grads Dave Packard and Bill Hewlett. Of course we all know the result: Mega-corp HP.

A construction fence and stacks of building material didn't prevent a peek and the taking of a few pictures.

Mercury News reports that the restoration is finishing up. An impressive, heavy-looking plaque marks the spot.

I can't help but wonder if, in the year 2075, the neighbors will look out their windows to see an orderly line of shiny robots waiting for the tour to begin.

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