city, San Mateo county, California, U.S. Daly City is adjacent to San Francisco, between the San Bruno Mountains and the Pacific Ocean on the San Francisco peninsula. First inhabited by Ohlone Indians, the site became a Spanish land grant (largely uninhabited) in the 18th century. Later a farming community known as Vista Grande, it resisted development until 1906, when an earthquake and subsequent fire drove people from San Francisco. After the quake John D. Daly, a dairyman who had moved to the area in the 1850s, opened his extensive farmlands, providing assistance to refugees from the disaster. Renamed Daly City in 1911, it absorbed the town of Colma (known for its cemeteries after San Francisco banned burials at the beginning of the 20th century) in 1936 and annexed Westlake in 1948. Industrial and residential growth surged following the post-World War II urban expansion of the San Francisco Bay area. The city is now a residential community and a regional retail and health care centre. The San Francisco Cow Palace (opened 1941) is actually within the borders of Daly City; it hosts circuses, concerts, rodeos, and other events. Nearby San Bruno Mountain State Park is a popular recreational spot. Inc. 1911. Pop. (1990) 92,311; (2000) 103,621.
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