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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;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Santa Clara County, CA (459) Alameda County, CA (523) Merced County, CA (23) San Benito County, CA (48) San Mateo County, CA (156) Santa Cruz County, CA (119) Stanislaus County, CA (57)  SantaClaraCounty(459) Santa Clara County (459)  AlamedaCounty(523) Alameda County (523)  MercedCounty(23) Merced County (23)  SanBenitoCounty(48) San Benito County (48)  SanMateoCounty(156) San Mateo County (156)  SantaCruzCounty(119) Santa Cruz County (119)  StanislausCounty(57) Stanislaus County (57)
San Jose is the county seat for Santa Clara County
Adjacent to Santa Clara County, California
      Alameda County (523)  
      Merced County (23)  
      San Benito County (48)  
      San Mateo County (156)  
      Santa Cruz County (119)  
      Stanislaus County (57)  
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1California (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
2California (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
3California (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
4California (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
5California (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
6California (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
7California (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
8California (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
9California (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
10California (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
11California (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
12California (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
13California (Santa Clara County), Campbell — 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
14California (Santa Clara County), Campbell — 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
15California (Santa Clara County), Campbell — 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
16California (Santa Clara County), Campbell — 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
17California (Santa Clara County), Campbell — 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
18California (Santa Clara County), Campbell — 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
19California (Santa Clara County), Campbell — 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
20California (Santa Clara County), Campbell — 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
21California (Santa Clara County), Campbell — 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
22California (Santa Clara County), Campbell — 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
23California (Santa Clara County), Campbell — Campbell Union Grammar School, 1922-64Campbell Historical Location
Designed by W.H. Weeks. Front facade and site. Building reconstructed 1985. Map (db m155017) HM
24California (Santa Clara County), Campbell — 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
25California (Santa Clara County), Campbell — 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
26California (Santa Clara County), Campbell — 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
27California (Santa Clara County), Campbell — 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
28California (Santa Clara County), Campbell — 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
29California (Santa Clara County), Campbell — 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
30California (Santa Clara County), Campbell — 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
31California (Santa Clara County), Campbell — 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
32California (Santa Clara County), Campbell — 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
33California (Santa Clara County), Campbell — 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
34California (Santa Clara County), Campbell — 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
35California (Santa Clara County), Campbell — Site of J.C. Ainsley Packing Company
Established 1888 A pioneer industrialist And public benefactor Park dedicated February 20, 1978Map (db m72007) HM
36California (Santa Clara County), Campbell — 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 m24171) HM
37California (Santa Clara County), Campbell — The Ainsley House
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
38California (Santa Clara County), Campbell — 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
39California (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
40California (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
41California (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
42California (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
43California (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
44California (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
45California (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
46California (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
47California (Santa Clara County), Gilroy — Coyote Lake – Harvey Bear Ranch County Park
In the 1830s, most of what is now the park was located on the Rancho San Francisco de las Llagas granted to Carlos Castro. The reservoir is found on early public lands and also on the lesser Rancho La Polka granted to Isabel Ortega; her father, . . . Map (db m18528) HM
48California (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
49California (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
50California (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
51California (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
52California (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
53California (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
54California (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
55California (Santa Clara County), Gilroy — Pioneering Murphy Family
Charting a course of their own to become founders of Santa Clara Valley In 1844, Martin Murphy Sr. brought his large, Irish family across the continent in the Stephens-Murphy-Townsend overland part. Their determination, optimism and close . . . Map (db m18546) HM
56California (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
57California (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
58California (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
59California (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
60California (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
61California (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
62California (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
63California (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
64California (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 m93201) HM
65California (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
66California (Santa Clara County), 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
67California (Santa Clara County), 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
68California (Santa Clara County), Los Altos — 395/397 Main Street — "Copeland Building" —
Built in 1911, this two-story structure, often referred to as the "Copland Building". was the forth building to appear along Main Street. At one time a side door existed on First Street near the rear of the building. Except for the removal of this . . . Map (db m100302) HM
69California (Santa Clara County), Los Altos — 398 and 388 Main Streetcirca 1910 — "The Bank" and "The Grocery" —
This "double building" was built by Paul and Guy Shoup around 1910. It was the third building in downtown Los Altos and housed the offices of Altos Land Company, Los Altos Building and Loan Association, Los Altos Water Company, University Land . . . Map (db m100307) HM
70California (Santa Clara County), Los Altos — 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
71California (Santa Clara County), Los Altos — Los Altos Elementary School
Site of first Los Altos Elementary School Est. 1908 Div. 54 C.R.T.A.Map (db m100304) HM
72California (Santa Clara County), Los Altos — Southern Pacific Railroad Station
The town of Los Altos as we know it owes its existence to the Southern Pacific Railroad. Needing a shortcut between Palo Alto and Los Gatos, the Southern Pacific Railroad acquired the downtown "triangle" in 1907 from Sarah Winchester, who refused to . . . Map (db m100299) HM
73California (Santa Clara County), Los Gatos — "The Cats"
In 1919, Charles Erskine Scott Wood and Sara Bard Field purchased a beautiful 34-acre site overlooking Los Gatos to establish a refuge for their creative pursuits. Here they commissioned Robert Treat Paine to create two large statures to mark the . . . Map (db m92716) HM
74California (Santa Clara County), Los Gatos — 911 MemorialExtraordinary Acts on Behalf of Ordinary People
On September 11, 2001, nineteen Islamic terrorists hijacked four commercial airplanes. They intentionally flew two of the planes into the twin towers at the World Trade Center in New York City. They flew the third into the Armed Forces Center at the . . . Map (db m195879)
75California (Santa Clara County), Los Gatos — A Sacred Site
Mount Umunhum holds great spiritual value of local tribal bands such as the Amah Mutsen and Muwekma. This mountain is where visions are sought and communion with the spiritual world is made. It is also where relationships with ancestors and future . . . Map (db m114620) HM
76California (Santa Clara County), Los Gatos — Collord's PeakNamed for long time Los Gatos resident — Victor R. Collord —
A visionary who Lived the past Enjoyed the present Looked forward to the future Vic established his home, "Paradise Found" on Nicholson Hill in 1946 after surviving Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941) aboard the Battleship USS . . . Map (db m195943)
77California (Santa Clara County), Los Gatos — Early People of Mount Umunhum
Mount Umunhum is a sacred site for today's Amah Mustun and Muwekma tribal bands, who are the living descendants of the ancestral Ohlone tribes native to the region. Along with the eagle, hawk, and raven, the hummingbird plays an important role in . . . Map (db m114626) HM
78California (Santa Clara County), Los Gatos — 458 — Forbes Flour Mill
This is all that remains of the four-story stone flour mill built in 1854 by James Alexander Forbes. The town that grew around this building was first called Forbes Mill, then Forbestown, and finally Los Gatos.Map (db m3295) HM
79California (Santa Clara County), Los Gatos — Historic Fire Bell
In 1899 this fire bell was cast in bronze in San Francisco by W.T. Garrett Company and weighs 2500 pounds. It was originally installed atop a 60 foot wooden tower which ironically burned down in the Great Fire of 1901. It was then reinstalled atop a . . . Map (db m196042) HM
80California (Santa Clara County), Los Gatos — 903 — Kotani-en
Kotani-En is a classical Japanese residence in the formal style of a 13th-century estate with tile roofed walls surrounding a tea house, shrine, gardens, and ponds. Constructed for Max M. Cohen in 1918-1924 of mahogany, cedar, bamboo, and ceramic . . . Map (db m135507) HM
81California (Santa Clara County), Los Gatos — Layers of History
People in the Landscape As you enjoy Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve, notice the remnant elements of a landscape designed to delight and immerse visitors into the natural world. Imagine a journey through time, and experience a . . . Map (db m191011) HM
82California (Santa Clara County), Los Gatos — Lexington DamSanta Clara Valley Water Conservation District — Constructed 1952 —
Height of dam 195 feet Capacity of reservoir 25000 acre feet Elevation of crest 665 feet Area of reservoir 450 acres Length of crest 830 feet Length of reservoir 2 ½ miles Board of Directors Reginald L Parry, Div. 6, President Frank . . . Map (db m198360) HM
83California (Santa Clara County), Los Gatos — Lexington ReservoirJames J. Lenihan Dam
Watershed: Guadalupe River Capacity: 6.5 billion gallons Depth: 130 feet Length: 2.5 miles Built: 1952 Lexington Reservoir, named for the historic 1850's town which once stood on the valley's floor, is a significant . . . Map (db m55147) HM
84California (Santa Clara County), Los Gatos — Lexington Reservoir County Park
In 1952, Santa Cruz Mountain rainwater flowing from the surrounding creeks filled the new reservoir and slowly covered what was left of the once prosperous towns of Lexington, Alma and an old portion of Highway 17. Looking out today across the . . . Map (db m54121) HM
85California (Santa Clara County), Los Gatos — Mountain Charlie Road
In 1858 the Santa Cruz Turnpike Company awarded a contract in the amount of $6000 to Charles Henry “Mountain Charlie” McKiernan and Hiram Scott for the construction of a road. The road from the Scott house, located in what is now Scotts . . . Map (db m54128) HM
86California (Santa Clara County), Los Gatos — 443 — Patchen
“Mountain Charley” McKiernan, one of the earliest residents of the Santa Crux Mountains, settled near here in 1850. John Martin Schultheis and his wife homesteaded land about a mile from here in 1852. Their home still standing (1950). . . . Map (db m53475) HM
87California (Santa Clara County), Los Gatos — Schmitt-Nickson Homestead
The redwood frame house that stood on this site was built in 1895 by Michael Schmitt and later owned by his daughter and son-in-law, Clarice and Frank Nickson. In the century it endured, the home sheltered five generations or the Schmitt-Nickson . . . Map (db m154809) HM
88California (Santa Clara County), Los Gatos — The Flame of Liberty MemorialSymbols & Meaning
The Flame of Liberty Memorial is inspired by three different element: The Statue of Liberty, an Eternal Flame, and a Soldier's Cross. The Memorial blends together these significant symbols that are woven deeply into our American culture and our . . . Map (db m196154) WM
89California (Santa Clara County), Los Gatos — The Teddy Roosevelt Tree
The original Coast Redwood tree was planted by our 26th President Theodore Roosevelt on May 11, 1903. This majestic redwood was located on the southwest corner of Campbell Avenue at Winchester Boulevard. It stood in that location, growing to a . . . Map (db m154876) HM
90California (Santa Clara County), Milpitas — Former Ford Assembly Plant
In 1950 half of Milpitas still lived on farms. There were nearly 7,000 acres of farmland, 8,000 acres of orchards and over 300 acres of dairy fields. On this site on May 17, 1955 the Ford Motor Company opened the Milpitas assembly . . . Map (db m154932) HM
91California (Santa Clara County), Morgan Hill — [Morgan Hill] Centennial ProjectA History Trail — Dedicated November 10, 2006 —
[The Morgan Hill Centennial Project is a very unusual ‘marker’. It was created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Morgan Hill. One starts at the center of the marker and then proceeds along an expanding spiral . . . Map (db m46097) HM
92California (Santa Clara County), Morgan Hill — Anderson Lake County Park
Long before nearby Coyote Creek was dammed to form the reservoir in 1950, people were drawn to its cool shade and clear flowing water. In 2006 an ancient burial site was unearthed during construction of homes across the street from this park. First . . . Map (db m54034) HM
93California (Santa Clara County), Morgan Hill — Are We There Yet?
Imagine eight months on a long distance road trip with five children and a van. Now imagine doing it without modern convenience. No rest stops, no cars, no roads, no wheels of any kind. Juan Bautista de Anza led 30 families with over 240 . . . Map (db m100369) HM
94California (Santa Clara County), Morgan Hill — De Anza Expedition 1775 - 1776
Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza and party crossed this area in March 1778, in route to select sites for the Presidio and the Mission of San Francisco. In the center of the marker is a circular motif, designed by Doris Birkland Beezley, of . . . Map (db m46135) HM
95California (Santa Clara County), Morgan Hill — John Page House
Built in 1908 by John Page. Mrs Alberta Page operated it as a boarding house for working men. The “one dollar a day” rate” included three meals, one of which was a bag lunch. The always full boarding house was famous and very . . . Map (db m68911) HM
96California (Santa Clara County), Morgan Hill — Morgan Hill United Methodist Church
In 1893, seven pioneers who had just arrive in the new township of Morgan Hill built the Methodist Episcopal Church sanctuary on this land, which was donated by the Phillips Land Company. The church constructed with lumber hauled by wagon from San . . . Map (db m46151) HM
97California (Santa Clara County), Morgan Hill — 259 — Site of 21-Mile House
This famous tavern and stage stop was located 21 miles from San Jose on the road to Monterey. The 21-Mile House was built in 1852 by William Host beneath a spreading oak that later was called the Vasquez Tree. The house was sold to William Tennant . . . Map (db m156621) HM
98California (Santa Clara County), Morgan Hill — Site of Skeels Hotel1925 – 1995
On this site stood the Skeels Hotel, which was owned and operated by Harry and Cynthia Skeels as a hotel and restaurant from 1925 to 1948. The original building was altered in 1938 to accommodate the widening of Monterey Highway by 30 feet. . . . Map (db m46150) HM
99California (Santa Clara County), Morgan Hill — The GranaryOur History
Background What is a Granary? A granary is a storage facility for grains. Granaries have been built from ancient times, with the oldest granaries dating back to 9500BC! Originally, they were carved into the ground or rock, or made of . . . Map (db m46725) HM
100California (Santa Clara County), Morgan Hill — Votaw Building
Built in 1906 by Frank L. Merrill. The building is a revival of the Italian Renaissance style which spread over Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries. The building was the original Morgan Hill Bank. The building is known as the Votaw Building named . . . Map (db m46160) HM

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Jun. 25, 2022