The Dark Secret of the Old Silicon Valley

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In 1983, “Silicon Valley” meant something different: different tech companies were dominating for different reasons, in different areas of California’s Santa Clara County.

The Atlantic’s Alexis C. Madrigal went to look at what remained of that Silicon Valley from thirty years ago, and what he found is actually kind of shocking:

I explained myself to him, trying not to sound completely ridiculous. “And so, I calculated that, in 1983, this was the center of Silicon Valley, and I came down here to see it –”

“And you ended up at a Superfund site,” he said.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →