Historic Downtown Sunnyvale

This exhibit covers downtown Sunnyvale from 1860 to 1949 and is a look at Sunnyvale from “Murphy’s Station” to the Fifties.  It opened June 30 and will close October 20, 2019.

In the horse-and-buggy days of the 1860s settlement known at the time as Murphy’s Station, Main Street (now Murphy Avenue) was a dirt road leading to the railroad stop. the first store held windows for the post office, the drugstore, and the general store, respectively.

The museum’s new exhibit includes a series of photographs and maps depicting the slow growth and development of the early downtown, as well as artifacts from the first businesses lining Main Street and the railroad tracks. The display shows tools from the first veterinary office, the first morgue services, items from Del Monte’s cannery, Ryan’s Hotel, Tao Tao’s, the Kirkish store, and much more.

Room Overview

Horse Collar, Buggy and Wagon Jack

Fire Truck 1907

Fire truck 1907

Fire Truck 1950

Fire trucks in front of the Sunnyvale Fire Station, 1950

Beauty Shop Card

Beauty shop card

Beauty Shop Card

Beauty shop display

296 W Evelyn, built 1903, demolished 1964, painting done 1962

Evelyn Street

Evelyn Avenue (caption on photo is wrong)

Sunnyvale Pioneer Bakery

Sunnyvale Pioneer Bakery

Grocerteria 1920s

Grocerteria 1920s

Store Items

Store items

Dayton Mercantile Scale 1911, Countertop Platform Model

Dayton Mercantile Scale 1911, Countertop Platform Model

Frank Farry Hardware

Frank Farry Hardware

Hardware store items

Hardware store items

Raines Chevrolet 1926

Raines Chevrolet 1926

Pioneer Drugs

Pioneer Drugs

Whiskey Tooth Paste

Whiskey Tooth Paste

1920s Parade

1920s Parade

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