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Alviso, California Historical Markers

 
Alviso Marker and the South Bay Yacht Club image, Touch for more information
By Syd Whittle, November 5, 2009
Alviso Marker and the South Bay Yacht Club
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
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
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
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
California (Santa Clara County), Alviso — 67 — H.G. Wade’s Warehouseca. 1860 — City of San Jose Capital of Silicon Valley —
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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