Loyola Corners

Loyola Corners History In the early twentieth century, the Southern Pacific Railroad decided to build a new rail line down the right-of-way that is now Foothill Expressway, to connect the Peninsula with San Francisco. Los Altos had a main station on First (now the home of Voyageur du Temps restaurant) and another stop near the present Rancho Shopping Center. SP also built a small depot at Loyola Corners–so named because the Jesuits (founded by Saint Ignatius of Loyola) originally planned to build a college nearby. Though the plan was scrapped, the “Loyola” name stuck.

These businesses in Loyola Corners have made history part of their brand, through their signage.
The little station helped turn Loyola Corners into a bustling shopping area. By the 1950s the district had three barbershops, two beauty salons, five gas stations and three or four restaurants, including the much loved Echo, where, for six decades, commuters liked to stop for a spot of “refueling” at the end of the day.
The mural at Tom’s Depot, a popular Loyola Corners restaurant, captures a time when the district had a little railway station.
Specific Plan Loyola Corners was never a planned development. Some residents find its historic and quirky layout to be part of its charm. Others think it could use an update. In the 1990s the City of Los Altos created  a Loyola Corners Specific Plan and this year sought some significant changes to that plan. Residents weren’t sold, and in a study session, April 20, 2017, the Los Altos City Council recommended a narrowing of the scope of proposed changes. What does that mean? Review the minutes for details by clicking here. Want to share your views with the Council? Contact them at council@losaltosca.gov.

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