This retro photo shows how much Apple changed the face of Silicon Valley

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The site of Apple's spaceship campus back in 1961.
The site of Apple's spaceship campus back in 1961.
Photo: Santa Clara Public Library.

When Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple way back in 1976, they had no idea how much their company would literally change the landscape of Silicon Valley, let alone the tech world.

Thanks to some old photographs of Cupertino, we can now see just how big of an imprint the Steves’ company has left behind.

Silicon Valley: Before and after Apple

When Jobs unveiled plans for Apple’s spaceship campus, he reminisced that the land used to be full of fruit tree orchards (as you can see above). Now it’s a sprawling suburban area with dozens of other tech companies and housing developments surrounding a giant ring.

Check out the comparison in these before-and-after photos of Apple’s neck of the woods:

cupertino in 1961

Chris Espinosa, one of Apple’s first employees, recently uncovered the photo of Cupertino in 1961. The picture on the left comes courtesy of the Hatfield Aerial Survey of Santa Clara and hangs in the Santa Clara Public Library. The picture on the right is the most current image from Apple Maps.

Once landscaping is complete, Apple’s spaceship campus will feature hundreds of citrus trees. Apple is set to move into the building within the next couple of months. The new headquarters will run on 100 percent renewable energy. The campus will also house an auditorium where Apple will host public events.

Steve Jobs details Apple’s spaceship campus

Watch Jobs unveil the campus back in 2011, during a presentation to the Cupertino City Council:

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