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Keesling’s Shade Trees

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, January 25, 2012
1. Keesling’s Shade Trees Marker
Inscription. The Northern California Black Walnut trees seen along this highway owe their existence to horticulturist Horace G. Keesling of San José. While passing this way by camp wagon on a blistering summer day in 1900, Keesling could find no roadside tree offering enough shade to relieve his sweltering family and horses. Where-upon, he resolved to “plant shade” - at his own expense.

The result was a 30-mile row of trees on each side of the road from San José to Gilroy, a project that Keesling, assisted by his son Hayes, finished in 1911. And except for stretches where urban growth and modern highway construction have demanded removal, these trees still serve the purpose for which they were planted.
 
Erected 1985 by California Pioneers of Santa Clara County and E Clampus Vitus, Mountain Charlie Chapter No. 1850. (Marker Number SCL-056.)
 
Location. 37° 16.388′ N, 121° 49.826′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is on Monterey Road (California Route 82) just north of Skyway Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. This marker is located between Monterey Road and the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks. Marker is in this post office area: San Jose CA 95111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Keesling’s Shade Trees Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 25, 2012
2. Keesling’s Shade Trees Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Frontier Village (approx. 0.7 miles away); Hayes Mansion (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Hayes Mansion (approx. 0.9 miles away); George Donner, Jr. (approx. 2.2 miles away); Dr. John Towsend (approx. 2.3 miles away); Jean Jacques Vioget (approx. 2.3 miles away); William Henry Eddy (approx. 2.3 miles away); Dr. Louis H. and Anna M. (Grandma) Bascom (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
 
Categories. Horticulture & Forestry
 
The Keesling’s Shade Trees image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 2, 2012
3. The Keesling’s Shade Trees
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 2, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 642 times since then and 76 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 2, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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