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Willow Glen Public Buildings

 
 
Willow Glen Public Buildings Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, November 29, 2016
1. Willow Glen Public Buildings Marker
Inscription. Post Officies
The Kensington Post Office operated as the post office and general store located at the corner of Minnesota and Cherry Avenues beginning operations in 1894. After January 1895, this Post Office was called Willowglen (all one word), with Albert T. Winslow as its postmaster. By the early 1960's, the post office location was at 1171 Lincoln Avenue in a building adjacent to the Garden Theater. After the Garden Theater mall conversion in the 1990's, the Post Office became a tenant there.

Firehouse
1342 Lincoln Avenue was the site of Willow Glen's first volunteer fire department, a building constructed in 1930 just for the firehouse. After the Town's annexation to San Jose in 1936, the firehouse became San Jose Fire Station #6. In 1949, the station moved to 1157 Minnesota Avenue, where it shared a building with the County Free Library. In 1963, Station #6 moved to its own quarters at the corner of Minnesota and Cherry Avenues at the site of the old Kensington Store, razed to provide for the new fire station.

Police Department
Willow Glen's two-person Police Dept. shared space with other city offices in the back of the Firehouse at 1342 Lincoln Avenue with access to the Department through a rear door. After Willow Glen's annexation, Police Chief Eddie Pracina continued
Willow Glen Public Buildings Marker on the right image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, November 29, 2016
2. Willow Glen Public Buildings Marker on the right
Site of Willow Glen's first firehouse on the left.
to work for the San Jose Police Dept.

Library
in 1930 a corner of the Willow Glen Methodist Church served as Willow Glen's first library as a branch of the County Free Library system. The church building was alongside of the Fire Station at 1342 Lincoln Avenue. In 1937 the library moved to 1312 Lincoln Avenue near Brace St. In 1947, the City of San Jose allocated funds to build a combination firehouse and library into which the library move in 1949. In 1963, after the Firehouse moved to its Cherry Avenue location, and the library took over the entire building, moving briefly to a temporary building in 1973 due to fire damage... obscured
 
Erected by Willow Glen Beautification Project. (Marker Number 2.)
 
Location. 37° 18.249′ N, 121° 53.86′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is on Lincoln Avenue near Minnesota Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1362 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose CA 95125, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Willow Glen Schools (within shouting distance of this marker); Buffington House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Roberto – Suñol Adobe
Lincoln Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, November 29, 2016
3. Lincoln Avenue
(approx. 0.9 miles away); San José Diridon Station (approx. 1.8 miles away); Charles Henry McKiernan (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Greeninger House (approx. 2 miles away); Remembering Agriculture (approx. 2 miles away); Chinatown (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
 
Also see . . .  Willow Glen, San Jose, California. Being a city, however, required thinking about issues such as sewage. Willow Glen had no sewer system – individual homes had their own cesspools or septic systems. Because the area was marshy before being drained for Willow Glen, the high water table resulted in raw sewage often spilling above-ground from flooded cesspools. Rather than build their own very expensive sewage treatment system, in 1936 Willow Glen's residents opted to be annexed to San Jose... (Submitted on November 30, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 30, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 106 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 30, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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