San Jose in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Welcome to Alum Rock Park
California’s Oldest Municipal Park
Alum Rock Park, and the stream that flows through it, has had many different names. The Native Americans that lived in the valley called the creek Shistuk, and the early Spanish settlers called the creek Aguague, the watering place. At some point the creek became known as Penitencia Creek, possibly from a nearby creek known as La Pentencia where the friars from the mission would go for penance. The Park was originally known as The Reservation, but this was only an unofficial title. The first recorded use of the name Alum Rock was in 1890. At that time, people thought the white coating
Erected by San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services.
Location. 37° 23.765′ N, 121° 48.094′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from Alum Rock Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker is located in front of the Alum Rock Park visitors center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15270 Alum Rock Road, San Jose CA 95132, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Alum Rock Park (a few steps from this marker); The Natatorium (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alum Rock Log Cabin (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mineral Springs Grotto (approx. ¼ mile away); The Flood of 1911 and Broad Gauge Rails (approx. 0.7 miles away); Steam Dummies & 25 Cents! (approx. 1.3 miles away); Electrification (approx. 1.3 miles away); San Jose High School (approx. 5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
Also see . . . City Fathers Wisely Preserve the Alum Rock Reservation for Posterity. Select article #3
The area that would become Alum Rock Park was part of the outermost holdings of the Spanish Pueblo of San Jose de Guadalupe as designated in 1777. During the years when the pueblos provisioned the San Francisco Presidio, the rights to the land were not exercised because such outlying lands were not considered top priority. It was not until California joined the Union in 1850 that the City of San Jose was incorporated and its rights to the pueblo territory were formalized. (Submitted on March 17, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 17, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 499 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 17, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.