Street smarts: Locals track origins of Los Altos street names for ongoing history museum project

By February 29, 2024March 1st, 2024In The News

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We rely on street names to find our way, but how often do we stop and ponder the stories behind the names? An ongoing project researching the history of Los Altos’ street names led by two curious locals is the topic of the “What’s in a Name?” exhibition at the Los Altos History Museum, on view through April 7.

Know any secrets behind the streets names in your neighborhood? Visitors also are invited to contribute information themselves, as research continues.

The project got its start when Paul Kuckein retired from a long career in high tech and decided he wanted a new challenge. With an interest in history, he had enjoyed reading publications chronicling the origins of street names in San Francisco, Palo Alto and other local communities…more.


The entrance to downtown Los Altos on Main Street. Photo by Magali Gauthier