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

The Port and Town of Alviso

 
 
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By Syd Whittle, November 5, 2009
1. The Port and Town of Alviso Marker
Inscription.
The Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department and
The Santa Clara Valley Water District dedicated the Alviso Marina
County Park on September 24, 2005.

First known to the Ohlone Indians, the lands of The Alviso Marina County Park reflect the area’s historic past. In 1838, under Mexican rule, the Rancho de los Esteros was granted to Ygnacio Alviso. He provided a dock that became a gateway for boats trading hides, tallow, hay, grain, produce, lumber, and quicksilver from the New Almaden Mines. Later in 1849 the area surveyed and The Port of Alviso soon exhibited a brisk commerce including travelers principally bound for San Francisco and Sacramento.

The accepted decline of the port began in 1864 with the completion of the San Francisco & San Jose Railroad Alviso. In 1871 the narrow gauge South Pacific Coast Railroad reached Alviso but did not lend to the area’s recovery as hydraulic mining conducted in the Sierra foothills had silted the lower San Francisco Bay. In 1890 flooding of the town doomed a sales promotion of residential lots. Thomas Foon Chew created the Bayside Canning Company in 1906, then the third largest in the world. The cannery and agricultural users continued to draw upon the Valley’s aquifer, causing a decrease in the area’s elevation.

Dedicated by
The Port and Town of Alviso Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 5, 2009
2. The Port and Town of Alviso Marker
the Santa Clara County Historic Heritage Commission
& The Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department
March 25, 2006

Sponsored by

Alviso Rotary Club, Rotary International
Mountain Charlie Chapter No. 1850, E Clampus Vitus

 
Erected 2006 by Alviso Rotary Club, Rotary International and the Mountain Charlie Chapter No. 1850, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 25.793′ N, 121° 58.754′ W. Marker is in Alviso, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from Hope Street. Touch for map. Marker is located at the entrance to the Alviso Marina County Park. Marker is in this post office area: Alviso CA 95002, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Discover Alviso’s Rich History (a few steps from this marker); Water Everywhere (within shouting distance of this marker); The Steamboat Jenny Lind Disaster (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Salt Ponds (about 400 feet away); Location, Location, Location (about 500 feet away); China Camp
Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 5, 2009
3. Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail Marker
This is one of several trail markers located on the hiking trails in the park.
(about 600 feet away); Bayside Cannery (about 600 feet away); Union Warehouse and Docks (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alviso.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of Alviso. (Submitted on November 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. The Juan de Bautista de Anza Trail. Ygnacio Alviso was a child when he accompanied the Juan de Bautista Expedition. (Submitted on November 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
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The Town of Alviso image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 5, 2009
4. The Town of Alviso
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 849 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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