Where is Menlo Park? What has it to do with Edison? What does Menlo mean?

Where is Menlo Park?  What has it to do with Edison? What does Menlo mean?

Where is Menlo Park?

What has it to do with Edison?

What does Menlo mean?

There are two Menlo Parks. The first was in California. The second was in New Jersey, named after the one in California.

Thomas Edison built his research laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey. Stanford University built a research laboratory in Menlo Park, California.

Dennis Oliver and D. C. McGlynn marked the entry to their land with an arch that said Menlo Park.
Dennis Oliver and D. C. McGlynn marked the entry to their land with an arch that said Menlo Park.

In 1851, Dennis Oliver and D. C. McGlynn, two Irish immigrants bought 1,700 acres in California. They marked the entry to their land with an arch that said Menlo Park, named after their old home town, Mionloch, County Galway, Ireland. Mionloch is Gaelic for middle lake. Menlo Ireland has a lake. There is no lake in Menlo Park, California or Menlo Park, New Jersey.

The train station in Menlo Park, California
The train station in Menlo Park, California

When the train reached the area in 1863, they called the station Menlo Park after the name on the arch. The post office, then the town all took the name. It was a beautiful town with fine homes, so in the early 1870s a real estate developer in New Jersey named his company Menlo Park Land Company.

The office of the Menlo Park Land Company became Thomas Edison’s home.
The office of the Menlo Park Land Company became Thomas Edison’s home.

The New Jersey Menlo Park real estate project was not a success. In 1876, Thomas Edison bought 34 acres very inexpensively. The office of the real estate development company became his home.

Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory in New Jersey was the world’s first research and development facility.
Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory in New Jersey was the world’s first research and development facility.

He had work shops and laboratories built. Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory was the world’s first research and development facility.

Following WW2, Stanford University bought land in Menlo Park, California for student housing and for the Stanford Research Institute, now SRI International.

The Facebook main campus is in Menlo Park, California in the transformed Sun Microsystems Campus and Tyco Electronics campus.
The Facebook main campus is in Menlo Park, California in the transformed Sun Microsystems Campus and Tyco Electronics campus.

The Facebook main campus is in Menlo Park, California in the transformed Sun Microsystems Campus and Tyco Electronics campus.

Which Menlo Park is the top picture of? That picture has absolutely nothing to do with Menlo Park. I didn’t want to give a hint to the answer.