Birthplace of Silicon Valley Tour

Rather inconspicuous, it all started here.

By Raymond Wong / dvice.com
|  Friday, Mar 23, 2012  |  Updated 8:40 AM PDT
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Birthplace of Silicon Valley Tour

Raymond Wong / dvice.com

To think, a tool shed may have given rise to the Silicon Valley economy.

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You'd never notice the "Birthplace of Silicon Valley" if you weren't specifically looking for it. Located at 367 Addison Avenue in a quiet and well-kept residential neighborhood in Palo Alto, Calif., the HP Garage — literally a humble little toolshed — is where Dave Packard and Bill Hewlett formed Hewlett-Packard in 1939 and jumpstarted what would become home to one the most predominant technology companies to ever be created.

With only $538, the two Stanford alumni set to work building an audio oscillator — the Model 200A — that would later become HP's first product.

Re-purchased by the company in 2004, HP restored the entire property to 1939-conditions as a private museum that is not open to the public. You're in for a treat because HP flew us and a bunch of other tech reporters out to the HP Garage for a peek. There's a lot to see and read in the gallery below so, without further delay, your journey back to 1939 starts now.

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