San Jose in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Plaza de Cesar E. Chavez
The Plaza de César E. Chávez continued to serve the functions of the original Hispanic plaza―parade ground, cock-pit, racetrack―but a peculiarly American use for it was a site for public hangings. The park declined in favor during the 1870s, when San Jose's large Chinese population established itself along the eastern side of Market Street. City leaders contemplated closing the park and running Market Street through it. Public protest quashed this theme and, when a fire destroyed the adjacent Chinatown in 1887, the park was selected as a site for the new City Hall. Until its demolition in 1958, the elaborate brick and stone building dominated the park.
In 1993, the park was renamed in honor of César E. Chávez (1927 – 1993) ― resident of
Erected by City of San Jose.
Location. 37° 19.961′ N, 121° 53.421′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is on South Market Street north of Park Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located on the western edge of the park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 194 South Market Street, San Jose CA 95113, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Freedom Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); First State Capitol Building (within shouting distance of this marker); United States Post Office (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First State Capital (about 300 feet away); Chinatown (about 300 feet away); The Burning of San Jose Chinatown (about 300 feet away); St. Joseph’s Cathedral (about 400 feet away); Site of Worlds First Broadcasting Station / World’s First Broadcasting Station (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
Also see . . .
1. Downtown San Jose History Walk. The park and this marker are Site #1 - the starting point (Submitted on April 28, 2010.)
2. Cesar Chavez - A True American Hero. Biographical information by the Cesar Chavez Foundation. (Submitted on April 28, 2010.)
3. 1912 Postcard Image. San Jose City Hall and view of the plaza. The Post Office (now the San Jose Museum of Art) is also seen in the photo. (Submitted on May 24, 2010.)
Categories. • Heroes • Notable Persons • Notable Places •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 28, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,109 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 28, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.