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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Santa Clara County, California

 
Clickable Map of Santa Clara County, California and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Santa Clara County, CA (616) Alameda County, CA (674) Merced County, CA (38) San Benito County, CA (55) San Mateo County, CA (191) Santa Cruz County, CA (257) Stanislaus County, CA (120)  SantaClaraCounty(616) Santa Clara County (616)  AlamedaCounty(674) Alameda County (674)  MercedCounty(38) Merced County (38)  SanBenitoCounty(55) San Benito County (55)  SanMateoCounty(191) San Mateo County (191)  SantaCruzCounty(257) Santa Cruz County (257)  StanislausCounty(120) Stanislaus County (120)
San Jose is the county seat for Santa Clara County
Adjacent to Santa Clara County, California
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1 California, Santa Clara County, Alviso — Alviso
∙∙∙Known as the El Embarcadero de Santa Clara in pre-American days. ∙∙∙Was the port of entry for San Jose prior to the coming of the railroad. ∙∙∙Surveyed and platted by C.S. Lyman in . . . Map (db m24342) HM
2 California, Santa Clara County, Alviso — 69 — Bayside Canneryca. 1906 — City of San Jose – Capital of the Silicon Valley —
Established ca.1906, Bayside Canning Company expanded to become the third largest cannery in the United States by 1931. Under the leadership of Thomas Foon Chew, Bayside was the first cannery in the world to can green asparagus. The main building . . . Map (db m24364) HM
3 California, Santa Clara County, Alviso — China CampCa. 1895 — City of San Jose – Capital of Silicon Valley —
This building served as lodging for many Bayside Cannery workers who normally lived in San Francisco or other distant cities. In addition to dorm rooms, the building also contained a kitchen and dining hall. During the cannery’s operation, this . . . Map (db m24367) HM
4 California, Santa Clara County, Alviso — Discover Alviso’s Rich HistoryAlviso Marina County Park
Alviso’s marina today starkly contrasts with its past as a bustling seaport. In the mid-19th century, Alviso was a transportation hub through which crops, goods and people circulated, fueling the economic growth of the South Bay. Port activity in . . . Map (db m24408) HM
5 California, Santa Clara County, Alviso — 67 — H.G. Wade’s Warehouseca. 1860
Harry George Wade’s Warehouse was originally used to store hay and grain bound for San Francisco. It was later used to store stagecoaches for the Alviso to Monterey stage lines. In addition to being used by Wells Fargo and Company for stagecoach . . . Map (db m24452) HM
6 California, Santa Clara County, Alviso — La Montagne Boarding Houseca. 1890 — City of San Jose Capital of Silicon Valley —
Originally built as a private home, the house was remodeled in 1904 to serve as a boarding house for PG&E employees. It was later purchased by William Clampett and Jane Huxham in the 1920s. During the 1940s, boat restoration work for PG&E was . . . Map (db m24450) HM
7 California, Santa Clara County, Alviso — Location, Location, LocationOnce a Hub for the South Bay
Because of its location at the mouth of the Guadalupe River, Alviso was deemed the ideal location for a seaport. In the 1830s and 40s, it was the only port where raw materials and crops could be shipped from the Santa Clara Valley to San Francisco. . . . Map (db m24429) HM
8 California, Santa Clara County, Alviso — Salt PondsPast, Present, Future
Beginning with the Ohlone people, who harvested salt for local use and regional trade, small scale salt production on San Francisco Bay expanded into one of the largest industrial solar evaporation complexes in the world. Salt production transformed . . . Map (db m24444) HM
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9 California, Santa Clara County, Alviso — The Port and Town of Alviso
The Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department and the Santa Clara Valley Water District dedicated the Alviso Marina County Park on September 24, 2005. First known to the Ohlone Indians, the lands of The Alviso Marina County Park . . . Map (db m24407) HM
10 California, Santa Clara County, Alviso — The Steamboat Jenny Lind Disaster
Beginning in the 1840s, the dock at Alviso served as Santa Clara County’s access to the San Francisco Bay. From this port, passengers boarded steamboats loaded with goods and produce bound for San Francisco and points beyond. In the early days of . . . Map (db m64389) HM
11 California, Santa Clara County, Alviso — Union Warehouse and Docksca. 1850 — City of San Jose – Capital of the Silicon Valley —
During Alviso’s years as a major shipping port, this warehouse was used for the storage of goods prior to shipping. It was later incorporated into Bayside Cannery and used as a cold storage and refrigeration plant. Today it stands as one of the . . . Map (db m24345) HM
12 California, Santa Clara County, Alviso — Water EverywhereWater Seeks Its Own Level
Water in Alviso is a complex issue that touches on the environment, economics, and life safety. Already susceptible to flooding, Alviso’s situation was worsened by regional development. Hard paving, which prevented water absorption into the ground, . . . Map (db m24414) HM
13 California, Santa Clara County, Campbell — Gilman House
Circa 1900 Campbell Historic LandmarkMap (db m220690) HM
14 California, Santa Clara County, Campbell — Lena Swope French House
This California Colonial Cottage was built in 1900, by local craftsman George Whitney. The house was given to Lena Swope French, granddaughter of Benjamin and Mary Campbell. Benjamin, Campbell’s pioneer founder, traveled overland from Missouri to . . . Map (db m220637) HM
15 California, Santa Clara County, Campbell — The Ainsley House
The Ainsley House was built in 1925 by one of Santa Clara Valley’s first fruit canning pioneers, John Colpitts Ainsley and his wife, Alcinda. The Ainsley family and their home, with its original furnishings, are a tangible reminder of the past when . . . Map (db m220960) HM
16 California, Santa Clara County, Campbell, Downtown — Agricultural Heritage Plaques
The Agricultural Heritage Plaques located throughout Historic Downtown Campbell were installed in 1992 as part of the Downtown Streetscape Project. The fruits and blossoms commemorating Campbell’s agricultural heritage were selected as most . . . Map (db m24742) HM
17 California, Santa Clara County, Campbell, Downtown — Ainsley House
This Property Has Been Placed on the National Register of Historic Places By the United States Department of the Interior John Colpitts Ainsley, an Englishman, immigrated to California in 1886 and made his fortune in the canning of . . . Map (db m24136) HM
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18 California, Santa Clara County, Campbell, Downtown — B.O. Curry Building
This Califomia Mission Revival-style structure was built by B. O. Curry in 1913 to house his insurance and real estate businesses. Curry came to Califomia in 1874 and made his fortune in gold mines and timber in the Sierra Nevada. Between . . . Map (db m154814) HM
19 California, Santa Clara County, Campbell, Downtown — Bank of Campbell
This Italian Renaissance-style building was constructed in 1911 to house the expanding business of the Bank of Campbell. The Bank of Campbell merged with the American Trust Company and remained here until 1938. This building has since been home . . . Map (db m101519) HM
20 California, Santa Clara County, Campbell, Downtown — Bank of Campbell (Farley Building)Campbell Historical Location
Campbell’s first bank operated here from 1895 – 1911. Purchased by Guy Farley in 1923. Campbell Avenue’s oldest commercial building.Map (db m24245) HM
21 California, Santa Clara County, Campbell, Downtown — Black Walnut TreesCampbell Historical Location
Black Walnut Trees planted about 1885 by William A. Swope, Son-In-Law of Benjamin Campbell, and daughters Alda Swope Blaine, Ethel Swope Davis, and Lena Swope French. Map (db m24234) HM
22 California, Santa Clara County, Campbell, Downtown — Campbell Farmer's Union
Built in 1912 as a fruit storage and packing plant for the Campbell Farmer's Union Packing Company, purchased by Sunsweet in 1919, this complex formed the core of Santa Clara Valley's agricultural trade. A neighboring building, demolished to . . . Map (db m154773) HM
23 California, Santa Clara County, Campbell, Downtown — Campbell Fire Station
The Campbell Volunteer Fire Department officially began in 1912. Keeping track of ladders was a problem and the need for a fire station became apparent. An ad placed in the newspaper urged "all parties to leave ladders belonging to fire dept. in . . . Map (db m24251) HM
24 California, Santa Clara County, Campbell, Downtown — Campbell Union Grammar School
This beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival building was designed by William Henry Weeks and constructed in 1922. This was the only grammar school in the district until 1964. It was used as West Valley College's first campus until 1976. Sold . . . Map (db m154798) HM
25 California, Santa Clara County, Campbell, Downtown — Campbell Union Grammar School, 1922-64Campbell Historical Location
Designed by W.H. Weeks. Front facade and site. Building reconstructed 1985. Map (db m155017) HM
26 California, Santa Clara County, Campbell, Downtown — Campbell Union High School
Campbell Union High School, built 1936-38, served as Campbel's only secondary school until after World War II. The original facility included Auditorium, Administration Building and Classroom Building. These fine examples of Spanish Colonial . . . Map (db m155003) HM
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27 California, Santa Clara County, Campbell, Downtown — Campbell Union High SchoolCampbell Historical Location
Initial Construction 1936-38 by firm of W.H. Weeks. Only district school until 1956, closed 1980.Map (db m205128) HM
28 California, Santa Clara County, Campbell, Downtown — Campbell Water CompanyCampbell Historical Location
Campbell Water Company 1928 elevated steel tank and 1927 pump station. Site of original 1890's Campbell Water Company plant. Map (db m155019) HM
29 California, Santa Clara County, Campbell, Downtown — Campbell Water Company Towers
Benjamin Campbell and his neighbors formed the Campbell Water Company in 1892. It was Campbell’s first utility. Starting with one small tank, it was soon replaced with two wooden tanks, with a total capacity of 60,000 gallons. The 1906 Earthquake . . . Map (db m205295) HM
30 California, Santa Clara County, Campbell, Downtown — Country Woman's Club
The Campbell Country Woman's Club raised the funds to build this Spanish Colonial Revival-style structure in 1923. The town library and public meeting rooms were housed here until the 1960's . The Woman's Club founded the Campbell Historical . . . Map (db m101521) HM
31 California, Santa Clara County, Campbell, Downtown — Courtyard
These Spanish Colonia Revival-style commercial unites were constructed in 1947 and originally called the Friendly Shopping Center. The two-story building as the back was once a farm house, circa 1913-1915, and originally stood up front on Campbell . . . Map (db m101520) HM
32 California, Santa Clara County, Campbell, Downtown — De Anza Expedition1775 - 1778
Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista De Anza and Party crossed this area in March 1776 en route to select sites for the Presidio and Mission of San Francisco..Map (db m130196) HM
33 California, Santa Clara County, Campbell, Downtown — Downing Building
This California Mission Revival-style building, constructed in 1905, is the second oldest commercial structure in Campbell. It is typical of the stores built in small towns in the early 1900s. Upper floor served as housing quarters and . . . Map (db m154807) HM
34 California, Santa Clara County, Campbell, Downtown — Farley Building
This Renaissance Revival-style building, built in 1895, is the oldest structure in Campbell. By 1895, Ainsley Cannery and the Fruit Grower's Union employed hundreds of workers. The thriving town needed a local bank. The first Bank of Campbell was . . . Map (db m101518) HM
35 California, Santa Clara County, Campbell, Downtown — SCL-041 — Fire House #1Campbell Historic Location
First building owned by city after 1952 incorporation. Served as city offices from 1953 to 1956.Map (db m24250) HM
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36 California, Santa Clara County, Campbell, Downtown — Growers National Bank
This Neoclassical building was constructed by B.O. Curry in 1920. It was part of a 'business block' development, which consisted of five building in a row. For a time this was the Mercantile Trust Bank. Later it was a silent movie theater. In . . . Map (db m154803) HM
37 California, Santa Clara County, Campbell, Downtown — Hyde Cannery SiteCampbell Historical Location
HYDE CANNERY Site of fruit drying and canning companies from 1887 to 1971. George E. Hyde Cannery buildings remain Map (db m154812) HM
38 California, Santa Clara County, Campbell, Downtown — Richard Gordon "Rick" DavisOctober 16th 1925 - September 12th, 2016
World War II Veteran who served in the Pacific Theater
As President of Campbell Rotary, Rick led Campbell Rotary in funding & development of many civic projects This plaque is a testimony to his patriotic service, high character and endearing . . . Map (db m205556) HM WM
39 California, Santa Clara County, Campbell, Downtown — Serafino Manfre House
Serafino Manfre built this Spanish Colonial Revival house in 1925. An Italian immigrant from Palermo, Sicily, he arrived in America in 1900. After serving in WWI, Mr. Manfre settled in Campbell in 1923, where he became a successful . . . Map (db m154801) HM
40 California, Santa Clara County, Campbell, Downtown — Site of J.C. Ainsley Packing Company
Established 1888 A pioneer industrialist And public benefactor Park dedicated February 20, 1978Map (db m72007) HM
41 California, Santa Clara County, Campbell, Downtown — South Pacific Coast Railroad
Incorporated March 29, 1876, and financed by Comstock Lode money. Its northern terminus was San Francisco Ferry Building. Passengers were transported by ferry to Alameda where they boarded the cars for their 77.6 mile rail ride to Santa Cruz. In . . . Map (db m220420) HM
42 California, Santa Clara County, Campbell, Downtown — The Ainsley House Reported permanently removed
The Ainsley House is an architectural gem and a beautifully preserved example of English Tudor Revival complete with the original furnishings from the 1920's. It is also the final home of an important individual who made significant contributions . . . Map (db m156294) HM
43 California, Santa Clara County, Campbell, Downtown — The First Adobe Home in Campbell
California used to be part of Spain and then Mexico. Vast ranchos were granted to worthy citizens. In 1840 Mexican Governor Juan Alvarado granted Rancho Rinconada de los Gatos (corner of the cougars) to brothers-in-law Sebastian Fabian Peralta and . . . Map (db m130197) HM
44 California, Santa Clara County, Campbell, Pruneyard / Dry Creek — Barron House
In the 1890s G.W. Snyder owned the original 9.1 acre parcel. Ernest S. Barron, sales manager for the Ainsley Packing Company first occupied the commodious California bungalow, built in 1917. The house boasts a large sun porch, gabled dormer and . . . Map (db m154761) HM
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45 California, Santa Clara County, Cupertino — 800 — Arroyo de San Joseph Cupertino
This arroyo honoring San Joseph, patron saint of flight and students, was first discovered and traversed by Spanish explorers in 1769. On March 25-26, 1776 Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza made it his encampment No. 99 as mapped by his cartographer . . . Map (db m54025) HM
46 California, Santa Clara County, Cupertino — Captain Elisha Stephens1804 - 1887 — A True Pioneer —
Captain Stephens brought the first wagons over the snow covered Sierra Nevada Truckee Pass with no casualties in the Stephens-Murphy-Townsend party of 1844, arriving at Sutter's Fort with 11 wagons and 51 people plus 2 infants born on the way. . . . Map (db m24125) HM
47 California, Santa Clara County, Cupertino — Everyday Life at the Ranch
The main house was built in 1886 and was the primary home for four generations of the Picchetti family over the next 90 years. The house served as a social hub at the ranch, with family parties and frequent guests filling the space. The area was . . . Map (db m203297) HM
48 California, Santa Clara County, Cupertino — Picchetti RanchA Glimpse of Santa Clara County's Agricultural Past
Beginnings The Picchetti Winery and surrounding lands are remnants of Santa Clara Valley’s agricultural past. In 1872, Vincenzo Picchetti immigrated to the area from Italy and began work as a foreman for a Jesuit winery at Villa Maria. After . . . Map (db m202666) HM
49 California, Santa Clara County, Cupertino — St. Joseph’s CollegeSeptember 10, 1924 – October 17, 1989
This monument marks the former campus of St. Joseph’s College. Established with the primary purpose of training candidates for Catholic Priesthood, the college also educated thousands of young men who entered public service throughout this country . . . Map (db m58977) HM
50 California, Santa Clara County, Cupertino — Stevens Creek Dam & ReservoirAt Stevens Creek County Park
Contructed: 1935 Capacity: 3,465 acre-feet Surface Area: 95 acres Dam Height: 120’
Stevens Creek Dam captures rainwater runoff from Swiss, Montebello and Stevens Creeks. The creel, dam and . . . Map (db m202667) HM
51 California, Santa Clara County, Cupertino — The First Home on the Ranch
You are standing in front of the old homestead house, the earliest building at Picchetti Ranch. Secundo Picchetti built this house in 1882. Soon after, he and his wife moved in and began clearing land for vineyards. In 1884, Secundo sold his half . . . Map (db m203299) HM
52 California, Santa Clara County, Cupertino — Winery and Ranch Operations
The Picchetti family built this winery in 1896, enabling them to produce their own wine. Before then, they had sold their grapes to other local wineries. Theresa Picchetti advised her husband, Vincenzo, to withdraw their savings, which totaled about . . . Map (db m203300) HM
53 California, Santa Clara County, Gilory — Company B 184th InfantryIn Appreciation to — Departed Gilroy March 3, 1941 —
Gerald Allemand • John Allemand • William Agler • Gerald Avery • Vere Avery • David Alward • Ray Atnip • Daniel Avila • George Abbe • Barney Alders • Jack Alexander • Peter Blaettler • Joffre Besson • George Besson • Forest Butler • John Berri • . . . Map (db m218982) WM
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54 California, Santa Clara County, Gilory — In Memoriam
Korea Alvin Painter • William Faddis • Alvin Seifert • Reginald Desiderio • John P. Langwell • Crescencio Mirelez • Frank R. Rosas Viet Nam Charles Centeno • James W. Ervin • Lee A. Greco • Wolfgang W. Karasch • Juan R. Pequeno • . . . Map (db m218985) WM
55 California, Santa Clara County, Gilory — The Stinking Rose
Garlic is believed to have originated in the mountainous Central Asian region, from where it spread all over the world. The average crop yield is 8,000-10,000 pounds per acre. Inset Images: Jimmy Hirasaki was the first to grow . . . Map (db m218979) HM
56 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — “Alcalde”John Cameron Gilroy — “Legacy of Gilroy” Commemorating the Historic Hospitality District —
John Cameron Gilroy circa 1854 John Cameron Gilroy, native of Scotland, arrived in Spanish California in 1814, and became the first permanent English speaking settler. He married Maria Clara de la Ascencion Ortega, daughter of the family that . . . Map (db m68909) HM
57 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — A journey of a Lifetime
This boulder was originally located below this building near the edge of Uvas Creek. It was removed by helicopter in 1987 to protect it from erosion and vandalism, and moved to Mt. Madonna County Park. There it was vandalized further and moved to . . . Map (db m200822) HM
58 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Agriculture in Gilroy
Not many found it easy to make a fortune in the Gold Rush of 1849, but they did find gold in the farmland of California. Among the Early Farmers to settle in and around Gilroy were Massey Thomas and Samuel and Electra Ousley. Massey . . . Map (db m218878) HM
59 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Arrival of the SpanishLa llegada de los españoles
First contact between the Spanish expeditions and the Ohlone tribes was usually friendly. These encounters, recorded in expedition diaries, indicated that throughout Ohlone territory, the Spanish were treated as "distinguished guests," suggesting . . . Map (db m197734) HM
60 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Bonesio Winery
This land was originally part of the El Rancho Solis granted in 1828. The main home is one of the oldest wooden structures in the county. Part of the present residence dates back to 1833 and the redwood timbers were hauled from Mt. Madonna for its . . . Map (db m54056) HM
61 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Butterfield Overland Stage
On September 16, 1857, John Butterfield, a New Yorker, received a contract with the U.S. Post Office Department to establish reliable transportation between Missouri and San Francisco. As a young man he joined with Henry Wells and William . . . Map (db m57988) HM
62 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Chesbro BuildingGilroy Historic Site No. 19
Second Chesbro Building Built in the neoclassical commercial style for Dr. H.R. Chesbro and his son Dr. Elmer J. Chesbro who had offices upstairs. Built by William Radtke in 1917 Placed by: Gilroy Downtown Association and the Gilroy . . . Map (db m230949) HM
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63 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Chitactac-Adams Heritage County Park
[This is a two-sided marker. Side-one being in English and Side-two being in Spanish:] [Side One:] CHITACTAC For over 3,000 years, this area around the Uvas Creek drainage supported large populations of ancestral Ohlone People. . . . Map (db m18508) HM
64 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — City of Gilroy150th Anniversary of Incorporation as a Charter City
Located at the intersection of historic pathways of native peoples and El Camino Real, Gilroy’s location has long been the key to its good fortune. In 1906, guidepost bells were placed along the El Camino Real to guide early travelers and preserve . . . Map (db m219078) HM
65 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Early Settlers
For centuries, prior to the 1800s, Amah Mutsun native peoples, often referred to as Costanoan or Ohlone, lived in four small clans around Gilroy. Their diet was acorns, berries, mushrooms, pine nuts and wild fruit, fish and small game. . . . Map (db m218916) HM
66 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Food ProcessingCocina
The sandstone outcroppings along the eastern terrace of Uvas Creek are ideal for creating bedrock mortars, grinding slabs (metates), and cupules. Key to the aid of processing large quantities of foods were mortars (stone bowls) and . . . Map (db m197748) HM
67 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Franklin Family RanchSanta Clara County Historical Site
Bernard and Mabel Franklin moved to this property after its purchase in 1895. The home at this location had been built approximately 20 years prior, from Mt. Madonna Redwood. It has been home to four generations of Franklins. Bernard helped build . . . Map (db m54059) HM
68 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Gilroy
John Gilroy arrived in Monterey in 1814 on one of the North-West Co. trading ships; "ISAAC TODD," which he deserted. He then fled to the Santa Clara Valley, marrying Maria Clara Ortega and settling on Rancho San Ysidro. His rightful name was John . . . Map (db m112025) HM
69 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — GilroyA True Community
Settlers from many countries came to Gilroy and brought their traditions and skills with them, contributing to Gilroy’s growth and vitality. Germans Adam Riehl founded Gilroy Brewery and was one of Gilroy’s early City Mayors. The . . . Map (db m218874) HM
70 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — GilroyHospitality Shines Through Volunteers and Celebrations
Gymkhana 1929-1956 Many activities including parades and rodeos in a ‘Wild West Theme’ attracted visitors who filled the 5,000 seat bleachers. Beginning in 1967, “Bonanza Days” continued the celebrations with a grand parade and a week of . . . Map (db m218879) HM
71 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Gilroy Carnegie Library
This property is listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior. Carnegie Library, 1910.Map (db m18470) HM
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72 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Gilroy Historic Site No. 14
Site of stationary business from 1870 to the mid 1980s, William Radtke built this reinforced concrete building in 1925. Map (db m230951) HM
73 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Gilroy Historic Site No. 2
Reinforced Concrete Business Building with pressed brick façade Built by William Radtke in 1926Map (db m230954) HM
74 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Gilroy Means Business
Gilroy’s strategic location contributed to great economic growth beginning in the 1850s. Inset Images: In 1870 James Culp was a tobacco grower and owned a cigar factory. Over one million cigars were rolled and shipped monthly all . . . Map (db m219074) HM
75 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — 1017 — Gilroy Yamato Hot Springs Resort
Under the guidance of the George Roop and William McDonald families during the years 1865 of Francisco Cantua's discovery to the 1930's, Gilroy Hot Springs was a popular health and family resort oriented around a single hot mineral spring . . . Map (db m240828) HM
76 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Gilroy’s Cowboy Era
From the days of the vaquero, ranching and horsemanship have been an important part of Gilroy life. The Gymkhana (1929-1956) was the highlight of the cowboy period. The rodeo featured well-known stars such as Casey Tibbs and his horse . . . Map (db m218911) HM
77 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Gilroy's First Post OfficeGilroy Historic Site No. 9
Original site of Gilroy’s First Post Office Later rebuilt for Wentz Pharmacy by William Radtke in 1928 Placed by: Gilroy Downtown Development Corporation and the Gilroy Historical SocietyMap (db m230450) HM
78 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Henry Miller Summer Home
This park was once the summer home of "the cattle king" Henry Miller. Mr. Miller was the dominant partner in the firm Miller & Lux. The large foundation on your left was Mrs. Miller's home, and the other two foundations were a dining hall and . . . Map (db m54057) HM
79 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — In Memoriam
World War I Charles C. Crews • Benjamin Garcia • Arthur Mooney • John sturla World War II Edward S. Ahern • Joe Altamirano • Ernest Avila • John A. Berri • Charles Blanchard • Joseph Briscejn • Curtis E. Chappell • Francis E. Chick . . . Map (db m219080) WM
80 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Ohlone BuildingsLos edificios de los ohlones
Ohlone villages contained a variety of structures. Some were used as houses, holding up to 8 to 12 people. Others were dug into the earth as partly underground assembly/dance houses. Other similar but smaller structures were used as . . . Map (db m198213) HM
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81 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Old City HallGilroy, California
This building was constructed in 1905 and restored by the Gilroy Historical Society to the memory of the pioneers of this area.Map (db m18495) HM
82 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Rancho San Ysidro / San Ysidro School
This base is a two-sided monument commemorating both Rancho San Ysidro (side 1) and San Ysidro School (side 2) Rancho San Ysidro In the early 1800's Rancho San Ysidro was granted to Ygnacio Ortega. After his death the lands were . . . Map (db m18484) HM
83 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Ranchos and GrowthCómo se desarrollaron los ranchos
Spanish colonization in the 1700s destroyed traditional Ohlone tribal life and threatened fragile ecosystems. In 1834, Mexico enacted a plan to reduce the areas under control of the missions. As part of this plan, the native people were . . . Map (db m198352) HM
84 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Robinson Hardware Co.Gilroy Historic Site No. 3
Originally designed for Robinson Hardware Co. by William Weeks Built by William Radtke in 1915Map (db m230953) HM
85 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Rock ArtArte lítico
Petroglyphs are marking that are pecked, scratched, grooved or cut onto a rock surface. Two petroglygh types are present at Chitactac-Adams Heritage County Park – cupules (small cup-like depressions) and cup-and-ring forms (concentric . . . Map (db m198359) HM
86 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Round HouseTupen-takCasa circular
Roundhouses were called tupen-tak in the Mutsun Ohlone language. They were widely used by the Central California Indian tribes for important ceremonies such as the Kuksu religion and other major dances. Traditionally, round houses tended . . . Map (db m198393) HM
87 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Rucker School Historical Site 1894
The Catherine Dunn Ranch once part of the Rancho San Francisco de Las Llagas Spanish land grant was divided in 1893 and sold to early settlers to form Rucker Township. Education was especially important to these pioneers who had been through . . . Map (db m18473) HM
88 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — School DaysEn la escuela
The first Adams school was built in 1859 on land donated by John Hicks Adams, a local sheriff. The school burned down around 1915 and a new one was built on the site shortly thereafter. This single story school served the local Adams School . . . Map (db m198221) HM
89 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Southern Pacific Coast Daylight GS-4Mural Painting by Scott Lance, 2014
This locomotive was built in 1914 by Lima Locomotive Works and was famous for its colors, as well as for pulling the Coast Daylight Trains 98 and 99, which carried passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles along the scenic coast of California in . . . Map (db m230533) HM
90 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Station Master, James A. HouckCirca 1850 — “Ready to Roll” —
Legacy of Gilroy” Commemorating the Historic Transportation District Traveling north by foot, horse or cart along the El Camino Real was several days journey from the southern Santa Clara valley to the nearest town. Recognizing an . . . Map (db m230447) HM
91 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — The Miller EstateTraces of history fade as the forest restores itself on Mt. Madonna
Henry Miller, “The Cattle King” With only $6 in his pocket, German immigrant Henry Miller (birth name Heinrich Alfred Kreiser) stepped off the boat in San Francisco in 1850 with one pervading ambition – to labor hard at a . . . Map (db m54122) HM
92 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Thornton BuildingGilroy Historic Site No. 7
Originally, Thorton Building for Harness & Saddlery business Later site of California Meat Market 1921Map (db m230952) HM
93 California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Uvas CreekEl arroyo de las Uvas
Uvas Creek's streamside habitat provided important resources for the inhabitants of Chitactac. Year-round fresh running water was a major factor in the establishment of a permanent village here. The creek was important for food . . . Map (db m198395) HM
94 California, Santa Clara County, Hollister — 1843 - Rancho de San Luis Gonzaga - 1931
This rancho was a grant from the Mexican goverment (sic) to Jose, Maria, Mejia and Juan Perez Pacheco made November 4, 1843 and signed by Manuel Micheltorena, Mexican governor of the Californias. The grant contained eleven square leagues . . . Map (db m229398) HM
95 California, Santa Clara County, Hollister — Ancient Paths
California had an ancient system of Paths made by migrating herd as they searched for food and salt. Native Americans later used these trails to hunt, gather, and trade for survival. European colonists improved these roads as they settled here. The . . . Map (db m209016) HM
96 California, Santa Clara County, Hollister — Bell Station
A toll road was built over Pacheco Pass in 1857 by Andrew D. Firebaugh. Later in that same year he built a tavern near this site, which became a Butterfield transcontinental stage stop. In 1859 the Pacific and Atlantic Company built a telegraph line . . . Map (db m54036) HM
97 California, Santa Clara County, Hollister — History of Sluice Mining
California became flooded with hopeful pioneers in 1849, who earned the nickname “forty-niners.” Newly discovered gold attracted tens of thousands of gold seekers from lands far and wide with dreams of gaining riches. Forty-niners often faced . . . Map (db m209089) HM
98 California, Santa Clara County, Los Altos, Loyola Corners — Historic Loyola Corners
In the early 1900's, Southern Pacific Railroad ran tracks down what is now Foothill Expressway connecting Los Altos with San Jose and San Francisco. A railway depot was built not far from here and called "Loyola Corners", after St. Ignatius Loyola, . . . Map (db m100298) HM
99 California, Santa Clara County, Los Altos, North Los Altos — 306 Main Street — "Shoup Hall" —
This two-story building, the second permanent business building in town, was built at the direction of Paul Shoup, often referred to as the "Father of Los Altos." It was the foresight of Mr. Shoup and his associates that led to a concept of the town . . . Map (db m100303) HM
100 California, Santa Clara County, Los Altos, North Los Altos — 316 Main Street — "Eschenbruecher Hardware" —
Built in 1908, this structure housed the first commercial business in the new town of Los Altos. William and Lillian Eschenbruecher operated their hardware store here for more than a year before electricity and water became general available to . . . Map (db m100305) HM

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