∙∙∙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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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John Colpitts Ainsley, an Englishman, immigrated to California in 1886 and made his fortune in the canning of . . . — — Map (db m24136) HM
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Alvin Painter • William Faddis • Alvin Seifert • Reginald Desiderio • John P. Langwell • Crescencio Mirelez • Frank R. Rosas
Charles Centeno • James W. Ervin • Lee A. Greco • Wolfgang W. Karasch • Juan R. Pequeno • . . . — — Map (db m218985) WM
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.
Jimmy Hirasaki was the first to grow . . . — — Map (db m218979) HM
John Cameron Gilroy
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
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
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
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
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
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
[This is a two-sided marker. Side-one being in English and Side-two being in Spanish:][Side One:]
For over 3,000 years, this area around the Uvas Creek drainage supported large populations of ancestral Ohlone People. . . . — — Map (db m18508) HM
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Irish . . . — — Map (db m218874) HM
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
Gilroy’s strategic location contributed to great economic growth beginning in the 1850s.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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)
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