San Jose in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Stevens Ranch Fruit Barn
By the 1970s the 101 Freeway was being planned, and it was determined that the Stevens Ranch was in the path of the proposed project. CalTrans provided funding for the fruit barn and other historic buildings to be preserved, moving the barn to History Park in 1979.
The fruit barn is home to the exhibit Passing Farms: Enduring Values which examines Santa Clara Valley’s agricultural past. The exhibit’s donor and Curator, Yvonne Olson Jacobson, grew up on her family’s Sunnyvale farm with orchards of apricots, prunes, and cherries. She witnessed the transformation of the Valley of Heart’s Delight to Silicon Valley, and realized the importance of documenting the disappearing family farm and way of life. The exhibit explores the Valley’s fruit industry from the late nineteenth century to World War II. During its heyday, Santa Clara County produced more than one third of all the fruit canned in the world.
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This sign made possible by a generous grant from the Jacobson Family.
Erected by San Jose Historical Museum Association.
Location. 37° 19.259′ N, 121° 51.506′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from Senter Road. Touch for map. 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. Gordon House (within shouting distance of this marker); Empire Firehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Coyote Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); The Chiechi House (within shouting distance of this marker); San Jose Electric Tower (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); O’Brien’s (about 300 feet away); The Zanker House (about 300 feet away); The Umbarger House (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
More about this marker. This marker is located in History Park, a portion of San Jose’s Kelly Park.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 2, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 410 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 2, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.