A Wellspring Called Stanford

It built a community of technical scholars--and a world-class town-gown network

A panorama of fruit orchards greeted visitors to the southern San Francisco Bay area in the 1940s. Stanford University and the horse farms of its founder, Leland Stanford, formed the northern gateway to a valley tucked between two coastal mountain ranges and dotted with mission and train-stop towns such as Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Santa Clara, and San Jose. It was an idyllic scene, with its mild climate, rolling hills, and agrarian pace.

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