San Jose in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Candies – Ice Cream
The first place to serve ice cream sodas west of Detroit in 1878, O’Brien’s Candy Store was founded in 1868 by Maurice O’Brien, an Irish immigrant. With $500 in his pocket, he began his San Jose candy business by selling baskets of candy in the doorway of the Pacific Hotel. Soon outgrowing his doorway location as his business rapidly prospered, O’Brien’s, his buckskin horse and delivery cart, moved to a corner stand at First and San Fernando, and in 1874 to 30 South First Street, the home of O’Brien’s Candy Store for the next fifty-three years. In 1928 O’Brien’s made its final move to 223 South First Street where it remained until the family business closed in January 1956.
O’Brien’s symbolized “nothing but the best” to all those interested in the newest and fanciest fountain drinks and concerned with the “special attention given to the making and serving of novel ices and ice creams.”
Donated to the people of San Jose June 22, 1977 as the culmination of a two year Rotary Club project to observe
Erected by Rotary Club of San Jose.
Location. 37° 19.22′ N, 121° 51.468′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from Senter Road, on the right when traveling south. 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. San Jose Electric Tower (a few steps from this marker); The Printing Office (within shouting distance of this marker); The Print Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Ng Shing Gung (within shouting distance of this marker); Empire Firehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Warburton’s Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Stevens Ranch Fruit Barn (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Chiechi House (about 400 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 part 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 3, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 487 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 3, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.