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San José Diridon Station

 
 
San José Diridon Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 6, 2012
1. San José Diridon Station Marker
Inscription.
Rededicated December 8, 1994
by the
Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board • Supervisor Tom Haieh, Chair • Supervisor Mike Nevin, Vice Chair • Commissioner Phillip Adams • Councilmember Jin Beall • Supervisor Rod Diridon • Director Art Lloyd • Supervisor Dianne McKenna • Director Jon Rubin • Councilmember Albert Teglia

San Jose Station Project Policy Committee
Supervisor Rod Diridon, Chair • Councilmember Jim Beall, Vice Chair • Supervisor Zoe Lofgren • Councilmember Frank Fiscalini • Councilmember David Pandori • Caltrans Joe Brown/Dottie Odell

Building and Site Reconstucted
By The
California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
Director James W. van Loben Sels • Prime Contractor S. J. Amerouso Construction • Historic Restoration Contractor George Masker Company • Designer Parson Brincherholf Quade & Doulans

Built in 1935
Johm H. Christle, Architect
Place in the National Register of Historic Places April 1, 1994
History Summery

The narrow gauge South Pacific Coast Railroad began using the small wooden structure known as the “West San Jose Depot,” on land purchased from and transferred to Southern Pacific Railroad (SP) in 1888. The station was constructed
San José Diridon Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 6, 2012
2. San José Diridon Station Marker
The marker is on the right side of the entrance.
in 1931 in the Italian Renaissance Revival style. By the late 1970s use of the station and commuter service was declining. Peninsula Transportation Alternative Project studies lead by Supervisors Gerr Steinberg, Rebecca Morgan and Rodney J. “Rod” Diridon resulted in the eventual purchase of the line and station by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). The station has been authentically restored to its original grandeur by Caltrans and will be transferred upon rededication to the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (PJPB).

Beginning in 1973, Supervisor Diridon, the son of an SP railroad brakeman, constantly led efforts to save the service and depot. He chaired the studies and helped found the [unclear]. He chaired the Save Peninsula Area Rail Commute Committee and Metropolitan Transportation Commission that led to the public ownership and upgrade. During his 23 years in elected office he chaired the Board of Supervisors and Transit District Board, Chaired the Guadalupe Corridor Light Rail and five other rail projects (including the Vasona Corridor Project that will bring light rail to this station) and led the 1975 and 1992 transit tax elections as well as national and international transit organizations. Supervisor Rod Diridon is known in Santa Clara County as “Mr. Transportation.”
 
Erected
San José Diridon Station image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 6, 2012
3. San José Diridon Station
1994 by Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board.
 
Location. 37° 19.799′ N, 121° 54.142′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from Cahill Street south of West Santa Clara Street (California Route 82), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 65 Cahill Street, San Jose CA 95110, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Remembering Agriculture (approx. 0.3 miles away); Henry's Hi-Life (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hotel De Anza (approx. half a mile away); College of Notre Dame (approx. half a mile away); International Business Machines : RAMAC (approx. half a mile away); Captain Thomas Fallon (approx. 0.6 miles away); Luis María Peralta Adobe (approx. 0.6 miles away); Farmers Union Building (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
The Main Lobby of the San José Diridon Station image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 6, 2012
4. The Main Lobby of the San José Diridon Station
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 14, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 427 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 14, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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