Museum exhibition explores the history of Los Altos street names

By January 3, 2024In The News

Special to the Town Crier/Los Altos Town Crier

Street names narrate the history of a neighborhood, telling stories of its past, landmarks and early residents. Unraveling this history has become a labor of love for two volunteers on the Los Altos History Museum’s Collections Committee and the topic of a new exhibition, “What’s in a Name? History of Los Altos Street Names.”

On display in the J. Gilbert Smith House from Jan. 11 through April 7, the exhibition is a collaborative effort led by volunteers Paul Kuckein and Gina Atkinson. Their excavation of the museum’s archives, county subdivision records and U.S. Census records has unearthed the origins of many Los Altos street names, shedding light on a lesser-known facet of the community’s legacy…more.


Los Altos Main Street in 1960. While this street is straightforwardly named, the new Los Altos History Museum exhibition “What’s in a Name? History of Los Altos Street Names” explores the lesser-known backstory on other city street names.