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Introducing Daly City Down the Old Mission Road west of the grassy slopes of San Bruno Mountain and near the village of Colma stands Daly City gateway to the famed San Francisco Peninsula Natured blessed this small piece of the peninsula with temperatures that rarely reach seventy degrees and seldom drop lower than forty Because of this residents can see flowers bloom in December as well as in May and vegetables may grow throughout the year This is a land that is often covered by thick white fog that forms over the Pacific Ocean then sweeps in land and crosses the northern peninsula leaving a belt of cool air between the sunshine of San Franciscos Mission District and the heat of the southern part of the peninsula Many believe that the secret of the beauty and vitality of San Mateo County lies in the variation experienced in its everyday temperature From Sickles Avenue near the county line Mission Street and San Jose Avenue climb steadily on a collision course to Top of the Hill Daly City After an easterly curve Mission Street levels off for a block or two before beginning its southerly descent toward Colma and beyond It is bounded by San Francisco to the north Colma to the south San Bruno Mountains to the east and by the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks below Niantic to the west In 1920 with a population of three thousand seven hundred seventy nine Daly City was still a small town even with the arrival of many refugees from San Francisco after the great earthquake and disastrous fire of 1906 About half of the citys residents lived in the Knowles tract west and down the hill from Mission Street The remainder lived in the Crocker Tract east and up the hill from Mission Street At that time nearly everything within the citys limits was residential and most everything outside was agricultural The land just
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