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Birthplace of Silicon Valley Tour

Rather inconspicuous, it all started here.



    Birthplace of Silicon Valley Tour
    Raymond Wong /
    To think, a tool shed may have given rise to the Silicon Valley economy.

    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.