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Silicon Valley's Wisconsin Roots

As we finish up our vacation and prepare to return to Wisconsin, we thought we'd share a little bit of history and the connection Silicon Valley has to Promotion Web Design's home. 

It turns out that the very existence of the technology hotbed is in some part due to a Wisconsin lawyer.  Leland Stanford of Central Pacific Railroad became a multi-millioniare in the late 1800s for the company's role in completing the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869.  Fifteen years later, Mr. Stanford founded a research university near his Palo Alto home in honor of his son, Leland, Jr., who died of typhiod while exploring Europe. 

Fifty years later, Stanford University's world renowned electrical engineering department gave rise to a new company founded by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard.  Over the years, more technology companies arrived and the name "Silicon Valley" was coined in 1971 by industrialist Ralph Vaerst. 

Were it not for the loss of the Stanford's giving rise to the university, the Valley might still be an agricultural gem and who knows, the high-tech growth might have shifted to that other school, Jason's alma mater, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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