Answers to Previous Belmont History Quiz

Thank you to our loyal Belmont Patch users for the reminder that we had not yet published the answers to our March quiz.

Congratulations to Steve Hayes for correctly answering most of the questions asked in our March 14 .

The photo of the shown above, was taken in about 1870. Here, from Belmont historian Denny Lawhern are the other facts surrounding this amazing photo and the estate:

  • The Ralston Estate viewed from about Alameda looking east down the Canada del Diablo (canyon of the devil). The canyon was mostly farm land at that time.
  • The mansion was built in 1868
  • 55,000 square feet
  • 80+ rooms
  • It had its own gas power-generating plant to produce gas for the hundreds of gas lights in the mansion
  • 27 crystal chandeliers
  • Mr. Ralston drowned in 1885
  • Two U.S. presidents visited the estate: Ulysses S. Grant and Rutherford B. Hayes (which is probably why Steve Hayes won this one!)
  • King David Kalahaua of Hawaii also visited the estate
  • It is the only building in Belmont on the National Register of Historic Places  # 66000234

Looking down the canyon on the right side of the small building is where the Belmont Beer Garden Park was 1865-1890 (today's location of ). 

Looking past the small building to the bay you will see a oak tree covered smaller hill . This was called Newhall Hill and was owned Henry Newhall. This hill was bulldozed flat in the early 1940's to provide dirt fill for upgrading Bayshore Highway. This area--Harbor Boulevard and Industrial Road became Belmont's Industrial Area. 

Steve, please email me your home address and I will send you an "I Love Belmont" bumper sticker.


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Steve Hayes May 01, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Thank you Joan. To be honest I can not use a bumper sticker so please give it to Kevin Sullivan since he says he needs one and he does so much (trail work etc) to make our community better. It will look good on his truck. I could use an antenna ball, just in case you consider expanding your prize inventory.
Tim Hoffman May 01, 2012 at 04:38 PM
I'm holding out for the Belmont Hulk Smash Drink fists. http://www.flickr.com/photos/groovymother/2744950543/
Joan S. Dentler May 01, 2012 at 05:03 PM
What a nice guy. I'm sure Kevin will appreciate that! Kevin, email me your address please. joan.dentler@patch.com
Joan S. Dentler May 01, 2012 at 05:03 PM
And I'll work with Patch marketing to see if I can get some alternative swag for our loyal users!
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