Prune Capital of the World
Prunes! Enough to feed the British army. I am charmed with your valley and mountains. Words cannot describe it.
-Lord Horatio Herbert Kitchener, English visitor, circa 1920.
The first prune trees in the valley were produced by cuttings of the Petite d'Agen, a French prune, brought from France by Pierre Pellier in 1856. His brother Louis grafted the cuttings to plum rootstock and was so successful that, by the turn of the century, 85,000 tons of prunes were produced here.
SANTA CLARA COUNTY WAS DUBBED the "prune capital of the world” because it was the world's largest single producer. Production peaked in the 1930s at 274,000 tons and prunes quickly became the county's largest crop.
PRUNES DEMAND LESS QUALITY SOIL and less water than either cherries or apricots. One of the most common varieties found in the Santa Clara Valley was the Imperial which was introduced by nurseryman John Rock in 1886. The first commercial prune orchard in the valley was the Bradley Ranch, 10 acres at Stevens Creek Road and Bascom Avenue.
Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1920.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture
Location. 37° 21.378′ N, 122° 1.495′ W. Marker is in Sunnyvale, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from East Remington Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 570 East Remington Drive, Sunnyvale CA 94087, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Prune Heaven (here, next to this marker); Labor Day Prunes (here, next to this marker); Yugoslavian Orchardists of Sunnyvale (here, next to this marker); Heritage Park Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Vintage Sundial (within shouting distance of this marker); Antique Entry Gate (within shouting distance of this marker); Prune Steamer Pot / Hendy Manhole Cover (within shouting distance of this marker); City Hall Bell & City Hall Cornerstone (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sunnyvale.
More about this marker. The marker is located outdoors under the roof of the orchard interpretive exhibit that is just to the south of the museum.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 27, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. This page has been viewed 499 times since then and 148 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 27, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California.