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New Chicago Hope

Caption: New Chicago Hope
Additional Description: In the 1890s, a plan was devised to revitalize Alviso by selling housing lots and naming the streets after those in “Old” Chicago. The New Chicago development and Alviso’s port were envisioned as a great manufacturing center. In the end, however, local industry in Alviso did not pick up immediately and residential use did not occur until the 1960s. In recent years, this plot of land has been restored as a non-tidal salt marsh, aptly named New Chicago Marsh.
New Chicago
Port of Alviso

The future Manufacturing
Center of California, Santa
Clara County
Alviso, March 1890

Photo: Courtesy of San Jose Library Collection, California Room

A complex water system now circulates water to New Chicago Marsh, maintains the salinity and oxygen level of the water, and contains built in safety measures to prevent flooding.
Photo: @ Daniel Quan
Submitted: November 12, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
Database Locator Identification Number: p85339
File Size: 1.164 Megabytes

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