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San Jose in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Pellier Park

Site of Historic City Gardens Nursery

 
 
Pellier Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 30, 2012
1. Pellier Park Marker
Inscription.  
[This marker is composed of three photographs with captions. Reading from left to right:]
San Jose City Gardens Nursery
People traveled far and wide to visit Louis Pellier’s City Gardens Nursery and purchase orchard and vineyard fruit varieties from Europe.
Louis Pellier
Louis Pellier is credited with the introducing la petite prune d’Agen, the little French prune to the Valley of Heart’s Delight. This fruit make Santa Clara County the largest fruit producing and canning center in the world.
Pellier House
The success of the French prune allowed Louis Pellier to build his home and expand his holdings in Santa Clara County.

Photo[s] Courtesy of History San Jose
 
Erected by City of San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services/ City of San Jose Redevelopment Agency. (Marker Number 434.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Agriculture. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks series list.
 
Location.
Pellier Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 30, 2012
2. Pellier Park Marker
37° 20.264′ N, 121° 53.755′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is on St. James Street just east of Terraine Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 183 St James Street, San Jose CA 95110, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Pellier Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Captain Thomas Fallon (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Fallon House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Juan Bautista de Anza Trail (about 500 feet away); International Business Machines : RAMAC (about 700 feet away); Luis María Peralta Adobe (about 700 feet away); Birthplace of A.P. Giannini (approx. 0.2 miles away); Santa Clara County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
 
More about this marker. California Historical Landmark #434, Pellier Nursery, and other markers have been temporarily removed from Pellier Park. They will be returned when redevelopment of the park has been completed.
The plaque was removed in 2007 for construction, and as of 2020 has yet to be reinstalled. The plaque can be viewed by contacting the city hall planning department, where it is being stored. Text on the marker:
Site of "City Gardens" Nursery of Louis Pellier.
Pellier, native of France, and founder of California's prune industry, came to California in 1849. In October 1850, he established a nursery called "City Gardens" on this site. Here, aided by his brothers Pierre and Jean, he introduced the French prune, "La Petite D'Agen," during the winter of 1856-57.
 
Pellier Park Redevelopment Plans image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 1, 2012
3. Pellier Park Redevelopment Plans
Original Marker, removed and in storage image. Click for full size.
By Donald Laird, July 12, 1995
4. Original Marker, removed and in storage
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 14, 2012. This page has been viewed 555 times since then and 2 times this year. Last updated on August 9, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 14, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.   4. submitted on August 9, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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