San Jose in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Electric Light Tower
Erected by City of San Jose.
Location. 37° 20.117′ N, 121° 53.52′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is at the intersection of South Market Street and West Santa Clara Street, on the right when traveling south on South Market Street. Touch for map. Marker is mounted on a pole on the sidewalk. Marker is in this post office area: San Jose CA 95113, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Juzgado (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Farmers Union Building (about 300 feet away); San Jose Mercury News (about 400 feet away); Bank of America Building (about 600 feet away); Birthplace of A.P. Giannini (about 600 feet away); Knox-Goodrich Building (about 600 feet away); St. Joseph’s Cathedral (about 600 feet away); Letitia Building (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
Also see . . .
1. The Light Tower. Already damaged by a windstorm in February 1915, the tower completely collapsed into the street at 11:55 a.m. on December 3 of that year. The tower telescoped into itself and no one was hurt. There is a replica of the tower (scaled to fit the area) located at History Park. (Submitted on May 24, 2010.)
2. The Famous San José Tower. Drawing and article about the electric light tower by Ralph Rambo that appeared in "Let's Go" magazine in 1969. (Submitted on May 24, 2010.)
3. 1881 Photo of Tower During Construction. (Submitted on May 24, 2010.)
4. 1915 Photo of Tower After It’s Collapse. (Submitted on May 24, 2010.)
5. Downtown San Jose History Walk. This building (Site #7), is featured on the Downtown San Jose History Walk along with 30 additional sites. (Submitted on May 24, 2010.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 24, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 786 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 24, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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