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

Emma Prusch and Her Park

 
 
Emma Prusch and Her Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 19, 2020
1. Emma Prusch and Her Park Marker
Inscription.  
Emma Prusch

Born February 12, 1876, Emma Prusch was the daughter of William and Cathrena Prusch. The Prusch family ran a dairy farm on the land that is now Emma Prusch Farm Park. Emma spent her life on the family farm and helped raise her two brothers, Nicholas and William Jr., and her sister, Mathilda. When Emma's father passed away in 1949, she took over the family dairy.

Valley Of Heart's Delight

During the years that Emma lived on her dairy farm, San Jose was a major farming area. Crops such as wheat, followed by grapes, and then fruit orchards, covered most of the valley. The large number of orchards, covered with: fragram blossoms each spring, eamed San Jose the name "Valey Of Heart's Delight."

The Park

In the late 1950s, when Emma was in her early 80s, she thought about the future of her land. Over her lifetime Emma had seen the Santa Clara Valley change from a place of quiet, rural agriculture to a large, busy city. Emma's love for her farm and for agriculture helped her make her choice. Emma Prusch donated her farm to the people of San Jose to be preserved

Emma Prusch and Her Park Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 19, 2020
2. Emma Prusch and Her Park Marker - wide view
as an agricultural park. Today, Emma Prusch Farm Park provides an important link to the City's past, as part of the Valley of Heart's Delight. All of this is the result of Emma's vision.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureParks & Recreational AreasSettlements & SettlersWomen.
 
Location. 37° 20.443′ N, 121° 50.805′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from South King Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 647 South King Road, San Jose CA 95116, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. San Jose High School (approx. 1˝ miles away); Stevens Ranch Fruit Barn (approx. 1˝ miles away); Gordon House (approx. 1˝ miles away); San Jose Electric Tower (approx. 1˝ miles away); Slettedahl House (approx. 1˝ miles away); Coyote Post Office (approx. 1˝ miles away); O’Brien’s (approx. 1˝ miles away); Empire Firehouse (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located in front of the office in Emma Prusch Farm Park.
 
Also see . . .  Emma Prusch Farm Park Foundation. (Submitted on August 20, 2020.)
 
Emma Prusch House, now the park office image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 19, 2020
3. Emma Prusch House, now the park office
1982 Emma Prusch Park dedication plaque, attached to exterior of office building image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 19, 2020
4. 1982 Emma Prusch Park dedication plaque, attached to exterior of office building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 20, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 20, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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