“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
San Jose in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Montgomery Hill

State Historic Landmark #813 image. Click for full size.
By Mathew H. Kohnen, November 12, 2007
1. State Historic Landmark #813
Inscription. Three-quarters of a mile northeast is Montgomery Hill, site of the 55 successful flights of the “aeroplane” of John Joseph Montgomery which demonstrated aerodynamic developments still indispensable to modern aircraft. Here the basic principles of aerodynamics discovered by Montgomery were combined by his engineering skill and technology to produce a heavier-than-air flying machine which had complete control: the cambered wing, rear stabilizer, flexible wingtips, and the wing-warping aileron.
Erected 1967 by State Department of Parks & Recreation, County of Santa Clara, The University of Santa Clara. (Marker Number 813.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Historical Landmarks marker series.
Location. Marker has been confirmed missing. It was likely located near 37° 17.886′ N, 121° 45.642′ W. Marker was in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker was at the intersection of Yerba Buena Road and Valle Del Laeo, on the right when traveling west on Yerba Buena Road. Click for map. Plaque is located at the entrance to Evergreen Community College, south parking lot. ½ mile east of the intersection of San Felipe Rd and Yerba Buena Rd. Marker was in this post office area: San Jose CA 95135, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
Montgomery Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mathew H. Kohnen, November 10, 2007
2. Montgomery Hill Marker
This marker now contains the state Historic Landmarks plaque for Montgomery Hill. A small park is currently under construction at the intersection of San Felipe and Yerba Buena Rds. The plaque may be moved to this location when the park is completed.
At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Rockin’ M Ranch (approx. 2.9 miles away); New Almaden Quicksilver Mine (approx. 3.8 miles away); Hayes Mansion (approx. 4 miles away); Frontier Village (approx. 4.1 miles away); a different marker also named Hayes Mansion (approx. 4.1 miles away); Keesling’s Shade Trees (approx. 4.2 miles away); The Bernal Adobe Site and Bear Tree (approx. 5.2 miles away); George Donner, Jr. (approx. 5.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Jose.
Additional comments.
1. Montgomery Hill Monument Time Capsule
This may be odd, but when I was a child I was given an "honorary reservation" invitation by Richard Nieman to the opening of a time capsule in this year, 2011. It reads as follows:
Honorary Reservation on the occasion of public celebration of the 100th year following the last flight on October 31, 1911 of John Joseph Montgomery on Montgomery Hill, San Jose, California. Please accord bearer a time capsule scroll signatory during the John Joseph Montgomery Commemorative Ceremony at the site of the Montgomery Hill Monument, Registered California Historical Landmark No. 813, Evergreen Valley College Amphitheatre (sic), San Jose. [More similar language here. Then, finally...] A Place of Honor at the ceremony of the
Montgomery Hill image. Click for full size.
By Mathew H. Kohnen, November 12, 2007
3. Montgomery Hill
On this site, John Montgomery, one of the pioneers of maned flight, conducted 55 successful flights of the "aeroplane." A small regional park is now located here. Note:Use caution when hiking the parks trails or walking small pets. The area borders a wilderness area and is identified as a Mountain Lion habitat.
opening of the time capsule in the year 2011.
This is signed by Richard E Nieman, the coordinator of ceremonies for commemoration of John Joseph Montgomery.
So, does anyone else know about this time capsule?

Editors Note: Thank you for sharing this information. It is a remarkable piece of history in itself. We suggest that you contact the Evergreen Community College as they may have information on the opening of the time capsule.
    — Submitted January 30, 2011, by Alene Lamb of San Francisco, California.

Additional keywords. Aeronautics, Gliders, Man-Powered Flight
Categories. Air & SpaceLandmarksNotable Events
Montgomery Hill Marker is Missing image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, October 2, 2011
4. Montgomery Hill Marker is Missing
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 2,973 times since then and 24 times this year. Last updated on , by Bill Langlois of San Jose, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California.   4. submitted on , by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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