Hewlett-Packard Garage In Palo Alto, CANo one could have ever imagined that when Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard started working together in their 12\' x 18\' garage behind Packard\'s home in Palo Alto, CA in 1939 that they would become pioneers of the computer industry. But that is, indeed, what happened. The tiny garage functioned as everything, from a research lab to a development workshop to a manufacturing facility, for all of their original creations. The initial one was the Model 200A audio oscillator, which they were selling for $54.40. However, that price didn\'t last long once the dynamic duo discovered that there was a General Radio version selling for $400. They upped theirs by more than $17 to $71.50 and found a willing buyer in Walt Disney who purchased 8 of the oscillators for use in his production of the film \"Fantasia.\"
Fifty years after Hewlett and Packard joined forces, the garage was officially recognized as the Birthplace of Silicon Valley. Then, in 2000, H-P bought the garage, house and shed where Hewlett lived during the early days. All three were restored as close to their 1939 conditions as possible. By 2005, the major undertaking was finished. Two years later, the Palo Alto property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. No public tours are offered but individuals and groups are welcome to stop by 367 Addison Avenue to take photographs of the Hewlett-Packard Garage, which is a California Historical Landmark. Learn more about the fascinating history of how Silicon Valley came to be by visiting http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-information/about-hp/history/hp-garage/hp-garage.html.