Alviso in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Port and Town of Alviso
The Santa Clara Valley Water District dedicated the Alviso Marina
County Park on September 24, 2005.
First known to the Ohlone Indians, the lands of The Alviso Marina County Park reflect the area’s historic past. In 1838, under Mexican rule, the Rancho de los Esteros was granted to Ygnacio Alviso. He provided a dock that became a gateway for boats trading hides, tallow, hay, grain, produce, lumber, and quicksilver from the New Almaden Mines. Later in 1849 the area surveyed and The Port of Alviso soon exhibited a brisk commerce including travelers principally bound for San Francisco and Sacramento.
The accepted decline of the port began in 1864 with the completion of the San Francisco & San Jose Railroad Alviso. In 1871 the narrow gauge South Pacific Coast Railroad reached Alviso but did not lend to the area’s recovery as hydraulic mining conducted in the Sierra foothills had silted the lower San Francisco Bay. In 1890 flooding of the town doomed a sales promotion of residential lots. Thomas Foon Chew created the Bayside Canning Company in 1906, then the third largest in the world. The cannery and agricultural users continued to draw upon the Valley’s aquifer, causing a decrease in the area’s elevation.
& The Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department
March 25, 2006
Alviso Rotary Club, Rotary International
Mountain Charlie Chapter No. 1850, E Clampus Vitus
Erected 2006 by Alviso Rotary Club, Rotary International and the Mountain Charlie Chapter No. 1850, E Clampus Vitus.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 37° 25.793′ N, 121° 58.754′ W. Marker is in Alviso, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from Hope Street. Click for map. Marker is located at the entrance to the Alviso Marina County Park. Marker is in this post office area: Alviso CA 95002, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Discover Alviso’s Rich History (a few steps from this marker); Water Everywhere (within shouting distance of this marker); The Steamboat Jenny Lind Disaster (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Salt Ponds (about 400 feet away); Location, Location, Location (about 500 feet away); China Camp Bayside Cannery (about 600 feet away); Union Warehouse and Docks (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Alviso.
Also see . . .
1. History of Alviso. (Submitted on November 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. The Juan de Bautista de Anza Trail. Ygnacio Alviso was a child when he accompanied the Juan de Bautista Expedition. (Submitted on November 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
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