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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
San Jose in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Coyote Post Office

 
 
Coyote Post Office Marker image. Click for full size.
By I.G.V.Atajar, March 29, 2011
1. Coyote Post Office Marker
Photo caption:
Coyote Post Office in 1973 before its move to the museum. It was originally located approximately four miles south of the southernmost portion of the City of San Jose on Monterey Road in the town of Coyote.
Inscription. Now a relic from the days when Monterey road served as cattle trail; stage route, and Mission road between San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Monterey, Coyote Post Office was once the oldest surviving and functioning post office in Santa Clara County before its move to the museum in 1974.

From its establishment in 1862 until 1882, Coyote Post Office was initially called Burnett Post Office after the surrounding township. It was originally located in Twelve-Mile House, one of the several public traveler lodges then dotting Monterey Highway, but a minor accounting dispute prompted the Postal Department to enforce a little-known regulation prohibiting the proximity of a post office to a saloon, Since only a wall separated Coyote Post Office from the Twelve-Mile House Saloon, the Post Office was later moved to this building next door which was built around 1907.

Because Coyote Post Office symbolizes communication in the Santa Clara Valley, the interior building exhibit is divided into two separate sections. The front portion contains a period postal room and exhibit about postal history while the back room highlights the remarkable career of Charles Herrold, the father of radio broadcasting, and his impact on modern day communication.

The San Jose History Museum would like to thank the following individuals
Coyote Post Office Marker image. Click for full size.
By I.G.V.Atajar, March 29, 2011
2. Coyote Post Office Marker
and organizations for their generous contributions to the Coyote Post Office project: Harriet L. Duzet, Society for Technical Communication, IBM Corporation, Gordon B. Grebb, William Lawrence, U.S. Postal Service, San Jose Historical Museum Association, KXRX Radio Station, Edward Allen Schulz, Betty Schulz, Laura and Hank Calloway, James Camp Family, James Arbuckle, Eric Bracher, Pat Liley, Alice Orth, Regner A. Ekstrom, Dulcie Jansen and Mary Simas. Many others have also helped with the Coyote Post Office project, and the Museum wishes to express its gratitude and appreciation.

 
Erected by San Jose Historical Museum.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Postal Mail and Philately marker series.
 
Location. 37° 19.25′ N, 121° 51.546′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from Senter Road. Touch for map. Marker and Post Office building are located at the San Jose History Museum complex. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1650 Senter Road, San Jose CA 95112, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Chiechi House (a few steps from this marker); Gordon House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Zanker House
Coyote Post Office image. Click for full size.
By I.G.V.Atajar, March 29, 2011
3. Coyote Post Office
(within shouting distance of this marker); Empire Firehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Stevens Ranch Fruit Barn (within shouting distance of this marker); The Umbarger House (within shouting distance of this marker); O’Brien’s (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); San Jose Electric Tower (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. A marker commemorating the Herrold Radio Broadcasting Station
 
Categories. Communications
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 10, 2011, by I.G.V.Atajar of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 709 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 10, 2011, by I.G.V.Atajar of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photos of the interior displays. • Can you help?
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