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Alamaden Vineyard original Winery Building image, Touch for more information
By Leticia A. Kohnen, June 7, 2007
Alamaden Vineyard original Winery Building
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — 505 — Almadén Vineyards
On this site in 1852 Charles LeFranc made the first commercial planting of fine European wine grapes in Santa Clara County and founded Almadén Vineyards. LeFranc imported cuttings from vines in the celebrated wine districts of his native France, . . . — Map (db m2580) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Alum Rock Log Cabin
The log cabin was built 1914-1916 as a memorial to the pioneers and was donated to the City of San Jose on September 24, 1916. The cabin is constructed of redwood logs from the Santa Cruz Mountains. This log cabin provides an example of the physical . . . — Map (db m63791) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Amamiyla Midwife House
Our family had ten siblings. Eight of us were born at this house between 1919 and 1933. - Jimi Yamaichi — Map (db m64943) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Asahi Baseball
They built a baseball diamond with the homeplate on the Jackson and Sixth Street corner and the outfield towards the railroad tracks. Rightfield was shorter and leftfield went on across Seventh Street. The centerfield was much lower than homeplate, . . . — Map (db m52513) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Bank of America Building
One of the San Jose's earliest skyscrapers, this building has served as a local landmark since its construction in 1925-6. The Bank of America, originally known as the Bank of Italy, was founded by San José native A.P. Giannini in 1904. Although the . . . — Map (db m30549) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — 30 — Bickur Cholim
San Jose’s first Hebrew congregation – Bickur Cholim – was founded August 5, 1861. The congregation met in City Hall and at various locations in the downtown prior to building their first facility on this site in 1870. Used continuously . . . — Map (db m52655) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Birthplace of A.P. Giannini
Amadeo Peter Giannini, founder of the Bank of Italy – now the Bank of America – was born at 79 N. Market St. on May 6, 1870. Perhaps San Jose's most famous native, Giannini is considered by many to be the greatest figure in American . . . — Map (db m30166) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — 35 — Buffington House
Lulu and Howard M. Buffington, Police and Fire Chief, City of Willow Glen. Representative of residences that once lined Lincoln Avenue. — Map (db m100100) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Bulmore House1854 — (Cottage No. 12)
Only complete four room, oven-dried brick house in New Almaden. Appointed Cashier, Hacienda Forman and Secretary of the Miners Fund by the Manager Mr. Randol, Robert R. Bulmore moved into this cottage in September, 1878. Mr. Bulmore’s avocation . . . — Map (db m41356) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Calero County Park – Bailey Fellows House
The nearby Bailey Fellows house is a historic “Italianate” structure located at the south end of Calero Reservoir and appears on the County of Santa Clara Heritage Resource Inventory. The house is named for Boargenes R. Bailey and Judge . . . — Map (db m53474) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Camp Mt. Madonna
[Side-bar on left:] At New Almaden During the Depression (1933-1942) and after most mining activity had ceased, New Almaden once again gave jobs, hope and future to young men through a program created by Franklin D. Roosevelt called . . . — Map (db m52778) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Captain Thomas Fallon1990 — Artist: Robert Glen
This statue of Captain Thomas Fallon was commissioned in 1988. It memorializes the raising of the U.S. flag in San Jose in 1846, when California was still a part of Mexico. Scheduled to be installed in 1990, the statue generated an intense . . . — Map (db m81726) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Carson House1854 — (Cottage No.13)
One of three complete adobe houses in New Almaden made of creek gravel and adobe mud. In 1855 a plan of the settlement of the Hacienda, including all homes south of Casa Grande (the manager;s home), to the reduction works of the New Almaden Mine, . . . — Map (db m41459) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Casa Grande
Built in 1854 of adobe, brick and wood. Residence of Mines Managers until 1925. Most gracious & stately California Mansion of early days. Scene of important social & political events. Planned by Henry W. Halleck & built by J. Young & F. Meyer. . . . — Map (db m15046) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — SCL-053 — Charles Henry McKiernan“Mountain Charlie” — 1825 – January 16, 1892
Most colorful of all characters in Santa Cruz Mountains. First white settler in Santa Cruz Mountain section, a pioneer hunter, rancher, teamster and road-builder. His motto was “Right Wrongs Nobody.” — Map (db m52207) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — 2 — Chinatown
From 1872 to 1887, a large Chinese population occupied this block of Market Street. Despite considerable discrimination against them, the Chinese managed to survive within their insular community. By the late 1880's, as downtown businesses began . . . — Map (db m26214) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — 11 — College of Notre Dame
The sisters of Notre Dame de Namur founded their college on this site in 1851. The facility began modestly but eventually expanded to occupy the entire north side of Santa Clara Street from Almaden Avenue to Santa Teresa Street. A boarding school . . . — Map (db m52660) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Cornish Pump
A significant problem in mining is groundwater removal. Water limited the depth of early miners until the Cornish pump was introduced in the 18th Century. Cornish pumps originated in the tin and copper mining region of Cornwall, England, and evolved . . . — Map (db m49855) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Coyote Post Office
Now a relic from the days when Monterey road served as cattle trail; stage route, and Mission road between San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Monterey, Coyote Post Office was once the oldest surviving and functioning post office in Santa Clara County . . . — Map (db m42293) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — D Retort and Condensing System
The D retort, line the rotary furnace, was used to recover mercury from cinnabar ore. Whereas the rotary furnace was a continuously-operating system, the D retort was loaded with ore, fired for a period of time (usually 8 to 24 hours), then allowed . . . — Map (db m49862) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Dashaway Stables
Hailed as one of the best arranged and equipped livery stables on the coast, Dashaway Stables was constructed by Frederick Tennant and William Connell in 1888 at 130 South Second Street, San Jose. Dashaway Stables, proud of its excellent reputation . . . — Map (db m52166) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Day Tunnel
[Side-bar on left:] Significant Addition to New Almaden’s Rich Mining Operation Toxic gases and underground water posed perils and problems for miners in search of valuable cinnabar ore. Under Sherman Day’s suggestion, the . . . — Map (db m52771) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — De Anza Expedition 1775 - 1776
Lt. Juan Bautista de Anza and party crossed this area in March 1776. en route to select sites for the Presido and the Mission of San Francisco In the center of the marker is a circular motif, designed by Doris Birkland Beezley, of a rider . . . — Map (db m38342) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Dobashi Market
“... you come upon the boiled eel, the quail’s eggs, the dried seaweed, and the squid like root called gobo, as well as the crinkly cabbage Japanese call napa and Korean pickled radishes packed in Hawaii and small cans of shrimp paste imported . . . — Map (db m52508) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Dr. John Towsend
Born in Pennsylvania, died in San Jose Dec. 8, 1850 A leader of the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy Party of 1844 First American M.D. to settle in California Served as physician, alcalde, and councilman in San Francisco before moving to a farm north . . . — Map (db m52212) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Dr. Louis H. and Anna M. (Grandma) BascomEarly California Pioneers
The Bascoms arrived in San Jose in 1849. Their residence and boarding house, Slapjack Hall, was a center of activity and grandma sewed the famous blue tent used as both a school and first protestant church. Dr. Bascom practiced medicine but . . . — Map (db m92727) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Dr. Warburton’s OfficeHome to an Early Santa Clara Valley Physician
Doctor Henry Hulme Warburton was one of the first physicians in the Santa Clara Valley. Born in Staffordshire, England in 1819, he emigrated to the United States in 1844. Warburton was a surgeon aboard a whaling ship when it docked in San Francisco . . . — Map (db m52165) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Eagles Hall
Local Scottish Rite Masons built their hall on this site in 1909. Designed by George Page, it was a simple rectangular structure with a severe Greek Revival façade. When the Masons moved into the new Scottish Rite Temple in 1925, the vacated . . . — Map (db m30261) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — El Senador MineThe Most Productive of New Almaden’s “Outside Mines”
Cinnabar was first found in the Senador Mine area before 1863. Systematic development recovered more than 20,000 flasks (1,500,000 pounds) between 1909 and 1926. Under the direction of John Drew, development started by trenching the outcrops of . . . — Map (db m41456) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — El Senator Mine(El Senador Mine)
This mine was opened in 1863 and worked intermittently until March 1926. In 1915 a reduction plant, which included the first Herreschoff furnace and electric dust collector ever used in the recovery of quicksilver, was erected. The mine was worked . . . — Map (db m34165) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Electric Light Tower
When completed in 1881, the 237-foot electric light tower that once spanned the intersection of Market and Santa Clara Streets was the largest single source of electric light in the country. The brainchild of J.J. Owen, founder of the San Jose . . . — Map (db m31114) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Electrification
Following the Stock Market Crash of 1893, John Center took over the Alum Rock Railway for Richard Quincey. Shortly after he took over the line, John Center sold it for $1.00 to his nephew, Hugh Center. By 1896, Hugh Center had the line running . . . — Map (db m63778) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Empire Firehouse
The San Jose Fire Department, initially an intensely dedicated volunteer organization until the hiring of professionals in 1876, was established by a City ordinance in 1854. In that same year, a firehouse was erected on Lightston Street, functioning . . . — Map (db m52176) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — English Camp
[Side-bar on left:] Once a Bustling Community Within view stood English Cam’s Methodist Church, Company Store, Mine Office, School House, Centennial Hall, Helping Hand Hall and a multitude of family cabins. As quicksilver . . . — Map (db m52775) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — English Camp School
Serving Mine Hill Families for over 40 Years Just up this hillside rest the remains of the former English Camp School. Founded in 1864, the school educated the young of Mine Hill until 1907. Students in grades 1 through 8 spent 10 . . . — Map (db m52779) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — 9 — Farmers Union Building
The Farmers Union Corporation, established in this building in 1874, was once indispensible to San Jose’s farming community. It served as an agricultural cooperative and bank and throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries was the chief . . . — Map (db m52658) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — First Church of Christ, Scientist
The First Church of Christ, Scientist, was designed by Willis Polk and built in 1905. The plan of the building is a Greek cross; four Ionic columns dominate the entry portico. Since the construction of a new church in 1946, the building has been . . . — Map (db m30226) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — 945 — First Honeybees in California
Here, on the 1,939-acre Rancho Potrero de Santa Clara, Christopher A. Shelton in early March 1853 introduced the honeybee to California. In Aspinwall, Panama, Shelton purchased 12 beehives from a New Yorker and transported them by rail, . . . — Map (db m3627) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — 417 — First Normal School
Founded as “Minns’ Evening Normal School” in 1857, the school became the State Normal School by act of the state legislature on May 2, 1862. In 1870 the state legislature chose Washington Square as a permanent location. Destroyed by fire . . . — Map (db m52641) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — 433 — First Site of El Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe
Within a year after the opening of the first overland route from Mexico to Alta California, Governor Filipe de Neve authorized the establishment of the first civil settlement in the state on lands including and surrounding the present Civic Center. . . . — Map (db m52937) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — 3 — First State Capital
The first California State Legislature met on this site in 1849. San Jose was designated State Capital at the Constitutional Convention in Monterey after intensive lobbying by local representatives. The town made every effort to accommodate the . . . — Map (db m52633) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — 461 — First State Capitol Building
Directly opposite this tablet was located the first State Capitol Building in which California’s first legislature assembled in December 1849. San Jose was the seat of government from 1849 to 1851. — Map (db m3615) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — 902 — First Unitarian Church
This building, designed by George W. Page in 1891, became the permanent home of a congregation that first met in City Hall in 1866. A version of Richardsonian Romanesque style, the innovative structure withstood the earthquake of 1906 and became a . . . — Map (db m30126) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Frontier VillageThe Entrance Forts / The One-Room Schoolhouse / Main Street / The Lost Dutchman Mine
From 1961 to 1980 the park that you are now standing in was home to a one-of-a-kind western themed amusement park called Frontier Village The Entrance Forts The main entrance was built to resemble the gates of an early western frontier . . . — Map (db m58990) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — George Donner, Jr.
[Front of Marker:] DONNER Here lies George Donner, Jr., a California Pioneer and a Donner Party survivor. He was born 10 August 1836 in Sangamon County, Illinois, the eldest son of Jacob Donner and Elizabeth Blue Hook. In April 1846 . . . — Map (db m30305) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Goodrich Quarry
On the hillside north of this plaque, only the scars remain to mark the spot where brown stone was quarried for San Jose Hall of Justice, Post Office, St. Mary’s Church, original buildings of Stanford University, and Carson City Mint. This small . . . — Map (db m129576) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Gordon House
Welcome to the Gordon House Home of the Rotary Club of San Jose Hanford Lennox Gordon was born in 1846 and over his lifetime held a variety of positions as attorney, and officer for the Union Army during the Civil War, a farmer, and . . . — Map (db m52126) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Gould Rotary Furnace and Condensing System
The rotary furnace was used to recover mercury from cinnabar ore. Finely crushed ore fro the fine ore bin entered the furnace by means of a feeder known as a shotgun or bump feeder. The feeder periodically injected a measured amount of ore into the . . . — Map (db m52818) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Gran Oriente Filipino Masonic Lodge
This is a picture of second generation Filipinos. Pacita Todtod who was also known as “Pacing” was famous for being a singer appearing at the beginning of the 1948 movie, “They Were Expendable,” starring John Wayne. Curt . . . — Map (db m52497) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — 447 — Gubserville
Named after Frank Gubser, a German immigrant and barber, Gubserville was an important stage, mail and teamster stop on the road between San Jose and Saratoga. Gubser served as the village's first and only postmaster, beginning July 5, 1882. . . . — Map (db m2398) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Hacienda Cemetery
Dating back to early 1850’s, this cemetery was in use until 1920’s, when musician Ben Black, who wrote the then popular song, “Moonlight and Roses”, bought some of the mining company land at the Hacienda and divided it. Bertram Road . . . — Map (db m12925) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Hacienda Hotel
Here in 1848 was built the first two story adobe hotel in California. Originally a boarding house, the building was converted into a small hotel to accommodate visitors at the mining settlement. Destroyed by fire in 1874 and later rebuilt. . . . — Map (db m41325) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Hacienda Mining Display
Preserved here is equipment used in quicksilver mining. A few examples are from New Almaden, but most are from the Guadalupe Mine and were used in the last fifty years of mining, until the mines closed in the 1970s. The equipment is organized . . . — Map (db m49854) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Hamilton House
In 1882 Captain James A. Hamilton purchased 21 acres of orchards and built this Queen Anne farmhouse for his family. James A. Hamilton was born in 1826 in Portage City, Ohio, and he left home at the age of 18 to become a sailor. His first position . . . — Map (db m52123) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Hard Rock Miners
Drilling contests were the miners’ own distinctive event. The contest pitted individuals or teams of two miners against one another. They centered on hand-drilling, an essential aspect of the hard-rock miners’ work. Drilling contests tested the . . . — Map (db m41324) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — 888 — Hayes Mansion
Jay Orley and Everis A. Hayes built this Mission Revival Style mansion, designed by George W. Page in 1904. The Hayes Brothers were early San Jose Mercury publishers, prominent valley politicians, and were actively involved in establishing the Santa . . . — Map (db m18496) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Hayes Mansion
Mary Hayes Chynoweth, matriarch of the Hayes family, built this 65 room, 41,000 square foot Mediterranean Revival-Style mansion to replace an earlier Victorian one which had been destroyed by fire. While she did not live to occupy the mansion . . . — Map (db m58945) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Henry Morris Naglee
Brigadier General United States Volunteers Lieutenant Colonel United States Army A Citizen of San Jose Born 1815 • Settled in California 1847 • Died 1886 This monument commemorates his service to the Country in the Mexican and Civil . . . — Map (db m30196) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Henry's Hi-Life
Henry’s Hi-Life, once known as the Torino Hotel, was opened in 1960 by Henry Puckett (1914-1986). Originally a boarding house for dozens of newly immigrated Italian workers, the building was first named the new Progress Hotel. Charles Sacco, a . . . — Map (db m52490) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Herrold Radio Broadcasting Station
Charles Herrold, a pioneer in radio, was the first person to transmit radio programs of music and news to a listening audience. Beginning in 1909, three years before Congress’ Radio Act of 1912, Herrold broadcast from his College of Engineering and . . . — Map (db m30335) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Historic Alum Rock Park
Founded in 1872 and known as the reservation, Alum Rock Park is the oldest municipal park in California. It was named for a large rock formation believed to contain alum. Even after it was discovered to have been incorrectly identified, the name . . . — Map (db m92718) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Hoeing Table and Cleaning Tank
Hoeing tables and cleaning tanks were used to purify mercury as the final step in the process of converting cinnabar to mercury. Mercury collected in the condensers of a furnace or retort was contaminated with soot, water, dust, sublimed sulphur . . . — Map (db m49857) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Hori Midwife House
My grandmother kept her patients in the house for five days. My mother cooked the meals and grandmother would serve them. My mother was a very good cook. My dad taught her how; he’d learned to cook while working as a houseboy to put himself through . . . — Map (db m52214) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Hotel De Anza
Completed in 1931, as a civic improvement project during the Great Depression, the Hotel De Anza was named in honor of the Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza. Business and civic leaders established the San Jose Community Hotel Association which . . . — Map (db m52659) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Huttner House(Cottage No. 3)
Home of H. J. Huttner, a mechanical engineer, who in 1874 worked with brick layer Robert Scott to design and build the first highly efficient ore extracting furnace. This house of modest wood and brick construction was typical of others along . . . — Map (db m41327) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Ideal Laundry
Ideal Laundry designed and built especially for laundry work and housed in a handsome, two-story fireproof brick building, erected as a cost of $30,000. This new enterprise was founded by I. Tsurukawa, one of the leading men in the local Japanese . . . — Map (db m52549) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Incline Tramway
In 1864 Sherman Day and C.E. Hawley built a rail line to carry ore from the mines on Mine Hill to the lower town furnaces. Transportation of ore to the furnaces was slow and expensive by horse and wagon, and production and demand had increased . . . — Map (db m65004) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — International Business Machines : RAMAC
[ Main Marker: ] International Business Machines : RAMAC In 1952, IBM sent Reynold Johnson to San José to open its first West Coast development laboratory to research new data storage methods. At this site in 1955, IBM unveiled . . . — Map (db m30095) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Jackson Drugs
I have been at this corner most of my life being born in the midwife house across the street. Nothing has changed in the neighborhood, except the people. I’ve seen Tokunaga go, Hashimoto’s Drug store across the street become a golf shop, Tom and . . . — Map (db m52498) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Japanese Kuwabara Hospital
The Nishiura Brothers built this Colonial Revival structure in 1910. Named after its first resident physician from Japan, Dr. Taisuka Kuwabara, the Kumamoto Kenjin-kai (a prefectural association) established the hospital to serve the Japanese . . . — Map (db m52554) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Japantown Theater
San Jose Japantown was the center of many amusements. We had theater that performed Kabuki and modern shows, like “love stories.” When I was young, people gathered here with their horse and wagon – just tied their horse up to the . . . — Map (db m65003) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Japantowns
From the late 1800s, Japantowns began to emerge in California’s port towns and agricultural areas where Japanese immigrants helped build the state’s economy through fishing, farming and other businesses. By the 1930s, as many as forty Japan towns . . . — Map (db m52558) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Jean Jacques Vioget1799 - 1855
Surveyor of Yerba Buena - 1839 — Map (db m92719) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — John Young House(Cottage No. 2)
This restored house is one of the original homes in the town of New Almaden, which was originally called Hacienda. The house was built in 1847 by Barron, Forbes Mining Co. and owned by the mining company until its bankruptcy in 1912. The cottage . . . — Map (db m41323) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Juzgado
On this site stood the Juzgado, or town hall, of the Pueblo de San José. Constructed of adobe in 1798, it housed the jail, the court and the offices of the comisionado and alcalde, and was the pueblo's primary governmental building. When Captain . . . — Map (db m31152) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Kawakami Building
When folks came back from the internment camps many of them were helped a lot by a local businessman, Torahiko Kawakami. He worked through the Buddhist Church hostel to resettle people and to get them back on their feet. He became known as . . . — Map (db m52550) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — SCL-056 — Keesling’s Shade Trees
The Northern California Black Walnut trees seen along this highway owe their existence to horticulturist Horace G. Keesling of San José. While passing this way by camp wagon on a blistering summer day in 1900, Keesling could find no roadside tree . . . — Map (db m52138) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Ken Ying Low
Ken Ying Low was renowned for its homemade noodles, and visitors from Sacramento and San Francisco would always stop at the restaurant for “the best chow mein.” There were several generation of excellent cooks, and one remembered was Ng . . . — Map (db m52548) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Knox-Goodrich Building
This charming commercial structure was built in 1889 by Sarah Knox-Goodrich on property left to her by her first husband, Dr. William Knox, using sandstone from the quarry owned by her second husband, Levi Goodrich. Both men were important San José . . . — Map (db m30960) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Labor Temple
The San José Labor Temple, located at 72 North Second Street, was a hub of the city’s turn of the century labor movement. It was established informally between 1901 and 1903 by Harry Ryan, an early San José labor leader, and Jack London, the famous . . . — Map (db m30444) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — 29 — Letitia Building
This commercial building was named for Letitia Burnet Ryland, daughter of the first American civil governor of California, Peter Hardeman Burnett, and wife of San Jose councilman C.T. Ryland. Some have speculated that Peter Burnett’s election was . . . — Map (db m52636) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — 866 — Luis María Peralta Adobe
The last vestige of El Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe, the simple adobe, rehabilitated in the mid-19th century, is believed built before 1800 by Manuel Gonzalez, an Apache, who was one of the pobladores (founders). Later owned and occupied by Sgt. . . . — Map (db m3775) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Main Post Office
This beautiful building was designed by Ralph Wyckoff to house San José’s Main Post Office. It was built as a W.P.A. project in 1933 and is a prime example of Depression-Era federal construction. The terra cotta work on the building’s exterior is . . . — Map (db m30091) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Mancha “Little Trammer” Battery Locomotive
The Mancha “Little Trammer” is one of the smallest mining locomotives manufactured by the Mancha Storage Battery Locomotive Company. It is powered by batteries, allowing it to be used deep within the mines without emitting toxic fumes. . . . — Map (db m52823) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Margaret Caldwell Fox
Born: Mission Santa Clara, February 12, 1847 Died: Saratoga, April 1, 1865 First child born to Anglo-American overland emigrants in Santa Clara County. — Map (db m52209) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Mercury Storage Vault
After cleaned mercury is collected, it was placed in iron flasks for transportation to market. A flask of mercury weighs about 76 pounds when filled and a flask needs to be strong because of the density of the liquid metal. Filled containers of . . . — Map (db m49858) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Mine Air Compressors
These two air compressors are typical of those used in hard-rock mining. The Gardner-Denver air compressor, powered by a gasoline engine, is a mobile type that was moved to wherever it was needed. The Ingersoll-Rand air compressor, powered by an . . . — Map (db m52821) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Mine Hill
[Side-bar on left] Rotary Furnace Brings New Almaden into the 20th Century In 1939, engineer H.W. Gould designed and built the first rotary furnace. The onset of World War II created a new interest in mercury because of its use in munitions. . . . — Map (db m50748) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Mine Ventilation Fans
Ventilation fans provided fresh air for miners deep within the mines. Ventilation pipe connected to fans carried air wherever it was needed in the mine to provide miners with breathable air by diluting and displacing dust and noxious gases. Fans . . . — Map (db m52822) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Mineral Springs Grotto
The mineral springs located in this area have played an important role in the history and development of the park. Between 1891 and 1902, the Parks Commission began developing the park, highlighting the springs. During this period, over 20 different . . . — Map (db m63781) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Mining Operations
Victoria Shaft (photo right) Named after Queen Victoria, the Victoria Shaft was sunk near the powderhouse in 1890 to prospect the existing Randol workings of the New Almaden Mine.

Powderhouse (photo far right) The powderhouse was built in . . . — Map (db m50744) HM

California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — 813 — Montgomery Hill
Three-quarters of a mile northeast is Montgomery Hill, site of the 55 successful flights of the “aeroplane” of John Joseph Montgomery which demonstrated aerodynamic developments still indispensable to modern aircraft. Here the basic . . . — Map (db m7127) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Montgomery MazeBorn in New York City 1836 -- Died June 19, 1875 — Aged 39 yrs
Verified Rider of the Pony Express 1860-1861 — Map (db m92735) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — 489 — Moreland School
Oldest known rural school district in California. Established 1851 as subscription school, meeting in private homes. First teacher, Charles Lafollette, 1851, term three months. Abraham H. Featherman, 1852, term six months. Through efforts of Samuel . . . — Map (db m2622) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Mr. Peckham
Because of the Alien Land Laws in California, Mr. Peckham held land in his name for those of Japanese, Chinese, Filipino and other Asian ancestries ... until the oldest native born child in the family turned 21. He would then transfer the land to . . . — Map (db m65005) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — New Almaden(The New Mine) — After Almaden Mine in Spain
The first workable quicksilver mine in North America – First mine of any kind in California – First worked 1824 – Denounced November 1845. Has produced more metallic wealth than any individual gold mine in California. Its discovery . . . — Map (db m12924) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — 339 — New Almaden Quicksilver Mine
12 miles ← [west]. From this cinnabar hill the Indians used pigment for paint. Mercury was mined, 1845. Gold discovery made mercury indispensable and the mine became the most productive in America, became world famous. It sold for . . . — Map (db m2640) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — New Almaden Quicksilver Mine
New Almaden Quicksilver Mine has been designated an historical landmark by American Society of Metals Discovered in November 1845, it was the first workable quicksilver mine in North America and preceded the Coloma Gold Discovery of January . . . — Map (db m15055) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — New Almaden Quicksilver Mine
For generations the Ohlone Indians followed the path along the Alamitos Creek to find cinnabar in a cave in the nearby hills. They traded the mineral, used it in religious ceremonies and decorated their bodies. Elsewhere in the world, quicksilver, . . . — Map (db m41479) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — New Almaden’s Civil War Crisis
In March 1863 the Supreme Court adjudged that the original Castillero claim to the New Almaden Mine was fraudulent and invalid. President Abraham Lincoln, acting on this judgment, sent a writ to U.S. Marshall C.W. Rand in San Francisco. “I, . . . — Map (db m12916) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — 26 — New Century Block
This splendid structure was built in 1880 by Adolf Pfister, a prominent San Jose businessman who served three times as the city’s major. The building was added to twice in later years. A fine example of 19th century commercial architecture, it has . . . — Map (db m52635) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Ng Shing GungTemple of Five Gods
The original Ng Shing Gung, or Temple of Five Gods, was constructed in 1888 on Cleveland Avenue near Taylor Street in Heinlenville, and early San Jose Chinatown. Heinlenville consisted of a network of small streets within the block bordered by . . . — Map (db m52164) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Nihonmachi[Japantown]
[This marker is composed of four panels, each located at one corner of the intersection of Jackson and North Fifth Streets in San Jose.] [Panel 1, south corner] Pioneers 1890s to 1920s During the 1890s, Nikkei (Japanese in . . . — Map (db m52450) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — O’Brien’sCandies – Ice Cream
Acclaimed as “the prettiest and most attractive candy store on the Pacific Coast. O’Brien’s Candy Store was more than a business to San Joseans, it was an institution – the natural spot to stroll to after a show or the ideal place to . . . — Map (db m52163) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Old Japantown Garage
Card playing was a social outlet. When I was young, my grandfather brought me here when he stopped to see his friends. The windows were soaped to prevent people from peering in. I was only allowed to sit on a stool and watch the card games. The game . . . — Map (db m52514) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — 2007 — Patrick TillmanNovember 6, 1976 – April 22, 2004
Pat lived in New Almaden for most of his life. He came to love it for its history and community spirit. He roamed the hills with his brothers as a kid, then hiked and trained in them as an athlete and a soldier. Pat was a loved son, brother, . . . — Map (db m41303) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — 15 — Pellier Park
Pellier Park is all that remains of the City Gardens Nursery, established by Louis Pellier in 1850. Here with, his brothers, Pierre and Jean, Louis introduced “la petite D’Agen,” the French Prune, during the winter of 1856-1857. I was . . . — Map (db m52613) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Pellier ParkSite of Historic City Gardens Nursery
[This markers in composed of three photographs with captions. Reading from left to right:] San Jose City Gardens Nursery People traveled far and wide to visit Louis Pellier’s City Gardens Nursery and purchase orchard and vineyard . . . — Map (db m52614) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Plaza de Cesar E. Chavez
The Plaza de César E. E. Chávez is part of the original plaza of the 1797 Pueblo de San José and is the oldest continuously used public open space in the city. The plaza was the hub of the old Spanish settlement: the site of Juzgado and the . . . — Map (db m30207) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Remembering Agriculture
[The Remembering Agriculture marker is composed of seven panels.] [Panel 1] Creation itself seemed to plan a garden where you now stand. This place came to be called “Valley of Heart’s Delight” because of its mild . . . — Map (db m52670) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Robert Scott House(Cottage No. 4)
Robert Scott, a native of Canada, arrived in New Almaden in 1864. He was co-inventor of the Huttner & Scott Furnace in 1876, the furnace that revolutionized the reduction of quicksilver and saved the Quicksilver Mining Company from bankruptcy. This . . . — Map (db m41331) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — 898 — Roberto – Suñol Adobe
This historic adobe was built in 1836 by a native Californian, Roberto Balermino, on Rancho de los Coches. The property was officially granted to him by Governor Micheltorna in 1844. A larger one-story dwelling was built in 1847 by the new owner, . . . — Map (db m52119) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Rockin’ M Ranch
“Following indigenous American Indian occupation, this land was part of Spain and then Mexico. Under Mexican rule it was known as Rancho Yerba Buena de Socayre, a land grant deeded to Antonio Chaboya in 1833. It was the site of the historic . . . — Map (db m54663) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Sainte Claire Club
The Sainte Claire Club was organized in 1888 by a group of distinguished local citizens, including James Phelan, banker, U.S. Senator and former mayor of San Francisco. San Jose's oldest men's club has occupied this handsome structure since its . . . — Map (db m30232) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — 31 — San José Academy
The San José Academy was founded on this site in 1850, as Edward Bannister’s English and Classical School, and held it first graduation ceremony – the earliest in the state – in December, 1851. A private, non-sectarian preparatory school . . . — Map (db m52638) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin
In 1902 a San Jose Buddhist Church was founded as a recognized branch of the San Francisco Buddhist Church. In 1906 property at 630 North 5th Street was purchased and services conducted by the first resident minister from Japan Reverend Honen . . . — Map (db m26221) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — San José Diridon Station
Rededicated December 8, 1994 by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board • Supervisor Tom Haieh, Chair • Supervisor Mike Nevin, Vice Chair • Commissioner Phillip Adams • Councilmember Jin Beall • Supervisor Rod Diridon • Director Art Lloyd • . . . — Map (db m52616) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — San Jose Electric Tower
San Jose’s Electric Light Tower was the inspiration of J.J. Owen, editor of the San Jose Mercury. On May 13, 1881, Owen printed an editorial suggesting that by providing one high and immense source of arc light, the night would become as day . . . — Map (db m52140) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — San Jose High School150 Years
Founded in 1863 during the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln, SJHS is the oldeest high school in Santa Clara County and second oldest in California. Its first classes were held in a 2nd floor room of J.G. Orbon’s flour store, where Joseph Bowen, the . . . — Map (db m68915) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — 8 — San Jose Mercury News
The San Jose Mercury News was first published, on this site, on June 20, 1851. Known as the San Jose Weekly Visitor, it was the city’s fist permanent newspaper. The paper changed owners and mastheads several times before becoming the San Jose Weekly . . . — Map (db m52657) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — 32 — San Jose Woman's Club
In December 1894, nine women met to form the San Jose Woman's Club . Supporting temperance and suffrage, the members also promoted education, community improvements and the arts. The club was opened to women of all creeds and nationalities. Today, . . . — Map (db m108410) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Santa Clara County Courthouse
Completed in 1867, this imposing building was constructed in the hope of attracting the State Legislature back to San José. It was designed by Levi Goodrich, a noted local architect. The original building was two-storied with a central dome. After . . . — Map (db m30118) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Santa Isabel Shaft
[Side-bar on left:] Mine workers began to sink the Santa Isabel Shaft in 1877 to relieve the burden on the nearby Randol Shaft, which could no longer handle the abundance of underground cinnabar ore. Five years later ore was delivered to . . . — Map (db m52770) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Scottish Rite Temple
Built as the Scottish Rite Temple in 1925-25, this distinguished structure was designed by architect Carl Werner. The entry portico, with its six Ionic columns and unusual Egyptian ornamentation, lends the buildings special grandeur. In 1981, the . . . — Map (db m30285) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Shaker-Concentrator
The shaker-concentrator, also known as a shaker table, was used in gravity beneficiation (the concentration of ore) for sorting fine-grained materials, such as heavy cinnabar, from ordinary rock and dust particles. The beneficiation process was . . . — Map (db m49860) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj(1630 – 1680)
Shivaji founded Pune (circa 1640). He was the first modern warrior who successfully fought the foreign invaders for 40 years and established a Maratha Kingdom that lasted 200 years with Pune as its Capital. — Map (db m52492) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Site of English Town ★ CCC Camp Mt. Madonna
The Civilian Conservation Corps, established in 1933 by the Federal Government for nine years became one of the most constructive national service programs. CCC Companies: 1917-V, 1235, 3341, 3325, 739, 4500 occupied this camp between 1933 and 1939. . . . — Map (db m52774) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — 339-1 — Site of First Mining in California
Here, along Arroyo de los Alamitos Creek in 1824, Luís Cabolla and Antonio Suñol first worked New Almaden ore in an arrastra. In constant production since 1845, more than a million flasks of quicksilver valued at over 50 million dollars have been . . . — Map (db m18692) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — 952 — Site of Worlds First Broadcasting Station / World’s First Broadcasting Station
First Marker: Site of World’s First Broadcasting Station On this corner stood the Garden City Bank Building, where Charles D. Herrold established Station FN, the first radio broadcasting station in the world. As a pioneer in . . . — Map (db m30327) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Skip Loader
The skip loader was used to carry cinnabar ore to the surface from deep in the mines. A motor-driven hoist pulled the skip loader up tracks until it reached the surface, where two sets of tracks, one inside pair and one outside pair, were reached. . . . — Map (db m52820) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — SpanishTown
Established in December, 1845, Spanishtown developed as Indians, Californios and immigrants from Peru, Argentina and Mexico built their homes on the hill above Deep Gulch. Cinnabar was first mined from a nearby cave known to local Indians. Later in . . . — Map (db m50750) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — 23 — St. James Park
St. James Park and its environs were the heart of nineteenth century San Jose. While the Plaza has been the center of the older Hispanic settlement, St. James Park and its surrounding buildings reflect the aspirations of an emerging American city. . . . — Map (db m52561) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — St. Joseph’s Cathedral
St. Joseph’s was the first church of the Pueblo de San José. The original adobe structure was built on the present site in 1803. It was replaced by a second adobe in 1845, which in turn was replaced by a wooden building in 1869. After this structure . . . — Map (db m30209) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Steam Dummies & 25 Cents!
In 1891, Richard Quincey, a local wood and coal dealer, began building the first rail line to Alum Rock Park. Quincey began construction on May 11, 1891 at Santa Clara Street and McLauglin Avenue. By June 26, 1891, had reached White Road and has run . . . — Map (db m63779) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Stevens Ranch Fruit Barn
Around 1890, Orvis Stevens built this fruit barn to store fruit. He was one of the first orchardists in Coyote Valley, located in South San José. Born in Vermont, Stevens came to California in 1852 to try his hand at mining before settling in the . . . — Map (db m52139) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Sumo Ring Site
People also made a sumo wresting ring in the baseball grounds and had tournaments. Dr. James Dobashi was the strongest then. Nobody could even be compared with him. Dr. Isamu Kawamura — Map (db m52511) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Taihei Hotel
Mr. Taketa built this hotel around 1915 to accommodate traveling businessmen and dignitaries to San Jose. There used to be a lot of people playing the game Go in the lobby. Jimi Yamaichi, 2007 — Map (db m52551) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Takalkni Printing
There were several pool halls, but no gambling houses in Japantown. However a Japanese-operated print shop on Jackson Street which made cannery labels, printed lottery tickets for the Chinese. A gambling “runner” would come from . . . — Map (db m52510) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Tanizawa Grocery
We had everything in our store for the farmers. Dry goods. Work clothes. Japanese zori, tabi, pots and pans and dishes. We opened at seven in the morning and closed at ten at night everyday. Christmas day was one of the busiest days we had. New . . . — Map (db m52496) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — The “Main Tunnel”
[Side-bar on left:] The Beginning of New Almaden’s Rich History Just ahead lies the original site of mining activity in New Almaden’s rich history, where Ohlone Indians extracted cinnabar ore from a “red cave”. In . . . — Map (db m52815) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — The Bernal Adobe Site and Bear Tree
This parcel, known as the Bernal Adobe Site, is part of the Rancho Santa Teresa Historic District of Santa Clara County. Ancestors of Mowekma Ohlone Indians used this area as a large permanent cemetery and village site as long ago as 3,000 years due . . . — Map (db m52767) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — The Buena VistaA Masterpiece of Masonry & Mechanics
The Buena Vista shaft commenced on July 5, 1882. It became the deepest sunk into the Quicksilver Mining Company’s lands, eventually reaching a depth of 2,300 feet, 600 below sea level. Though not itself a significant source of ore, the Buena . . . — Map (db m58943) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — The Burning of San Jose ChinatownMay 4, 1887
In Memory of The Burning of San Jose Chinatown May 4, 1887 On this site on May 4, 1887 a mysterious fire, deliberately set, destroyed San Jose's Chinatown. This was the largest Chinatown South of San Francisco. A community of bachelors and . . . — Map (db m26215) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — The Chiechi House
A late Victorian example of simplified Italianate architecture, the Chiechi House was built in approximately 1876 by John and Jane Campbell. In 1913 the house, at 820 Northrup Avenue, was purchased by Michele Chiechi. Prominent valley orchardists, . . . — Map (db m52181) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — The Flood of 1911 and Broad Gauge Rails
Heavy rains fell during March of 1911 causing rail service from the Penitencia Creek Entrance to the Picnic Grounds to close. The rains continued swelling Penitencia Creek until it overflowed its banks. On March 7 an 8-foot wall of water from the . . . — Map (db m63780) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — The Freedom Tree
With a vision of universal freedom for all mankind this tree is dedicated to Lt. Col. Gordon L. Page and all Prisoners of War and Missing in Action — Map (db m52656) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — The Greeninger House
Preserved at this location through the generosity of the Thomas R. Bettencourt Endowment Fund. Born in Germany, Adolph Greeninger came to San José in 1865. Starting with practically no means at the age of 23, Mr. Greeninger worked tirelessly at . . . — Map (db m52938) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — The Hauck HouseCasa Nuestra or Cottage No. 5
Built by Barron, Forbes & Company in the late 1840’s, this cottage is one of several houses with a brick basement. Individuals who rented this house included William Flemming, John Marr, George Granger, and Thomas Barrett. Theodore S. Shaw, a . . . — Map (db m41334) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — The Juan Bautista de Anza Trail
The Juan Bautista de Anza National HistoricTrail marks a 1,200 mile route that brought settlers to California from Tubac, in present-day Arizona, to what is now San Francisco. The Spanish planned a system of Presidios, or military . . . — Map (db m30147) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — The Natatorium
This area was once the site of one of Alum Rock Park’s most popular attractions, the Natatorium, a large indoor swimming pool. Built about 1912, it attracted over 35,000 swimmers each summer season. For about 20 cents, park visitors could swim in . . . — Map (db m63790) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — The Nelson-DeLuz House
The Nelson-DeLuz House was constructed about 1905 at the southeast corner of William and 11th Streets. It is a typical middle class home of transitional architecture with neoclassic features. It bears a striking similarity to the published plans of . . . — Map (db m52175) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — The Print Shop
This building, originally a residence, was built in 1884 in downtown San Jose at 91 North San Pedro Street near the corner of St. John Street. The neighborhood was an Italian American commercial district for one hundred years and the center of the . . . — Map (db m52161) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — The Printing Office
Originally a residence, this building was constructed in the early 1880s and stood at 91 N. San Pedro Street near the corner of St. John Street. The popular Italianate style of architecture is seen in the top brackets and the decorative quoins at . . . — Map (db m52160) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — The Randol Family HomeCottage #1
This cottage is the largest of the dwellings built by Barron, Forbes & Co. in the late 1840’s. It contained four fireplaces and a large wood-burning basement stove used by servants to prepare meals. It was purchased in 1863 by New Almaden . . . — Map (db m41285) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — The Second Buddhist Church
The second Buddhist church building was situated where the Annex is now located. This building was established in 1908 as the “Independent Buddhist Church” when Reverend Hone Takahashi and certain church members seceded from the original . . . — Map (db m65006) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — The Umbarger HouseLate Nineteenth Century Homelife in a San José Farmhouse
In 1851 David Umbarger, a “forty-niner” from West Virginia, bought 136.5 acres in the Santa Clara Valley. Umbarger built this house on his homestead in the 1870s. Like many ex-miners who remained in California, Umbarger started . . . — Map (db m52178) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — The Yellow Kid
The Yellow Kid Below and on the opposite hillside was the opening to the Yellow Kid Tunnel. Because of a yellow vein in the earth, the tunnel was named after a popular early American cartoon depicting an Irish immigrant boy wearing a yellow . . . — Map (db m52780) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — The Zanker House
The Zanker House is a mid-19th Century example of an informal Victorian Italianate farmhouse. The house, built of California redwood, was originally located north of the Alviso-Milpitas Road on the west side of Zanker Road. The outhouse is the . . . — Map (db m52180) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Thomas Fallon House
This house was built by Thomas Fallon in 1854. A handsome, charismatic figure, Fallon was one of the early San José’s most prominent citizens: he captained the volunteer company that seized San José from the Mexicans, served in the California . . . — Map (db m30692) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Tom & Mary’s Snack Shop & Dr. Watanabe’s Office
The first Japanese American surgeon in San Jose was Dr. Lee Watanabe. His office was above Tom and Mary’s Snack Shop. He was pretty short, but when he was standing on his box doing surgery, he was a giant. Sue Inouye — Map (db m52494) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Tower Bell
Cast to commemorate the California State Normal School in 1881, this 3,000-pound bell was rung at 8 a.m. each morning until the earthquake stilled its voice in 1906. In 1910, the bell was re-installed in the maim building of the newly constructed . . . — Map (db m52640) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Trinity Episcopal Church
This Carpenter Gothic church was constructed in 1863 and is the oldest church building in San José. John W. Hammond, a sea captain and a member of the parish, built the structure to his own design. A simple rectangle with a steeply hipped roof, it . . . — Map (db m30292) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Trinity Episcopal Church
Oldest church building in San Jose in constant use. First unit erected in 1863. — Map (db m30310) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — 854 — United States Post Office
Constructed in 1892 this was the first federal building in San José. It served as U.S. post office from 1892 to 1933. Designed by Willoughby Edbrooke and constructed of locally quarried sandstone, this Romanesque style structure, built by the United . . . — Map (db m3611) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Vichy Springs
A spring of carbonated water, locally known as Vichy, bubbled up here beside the Alamitos Creek. When the distant Buena Vista Shaft penetrated the 2100 foot level in 1882, the spring ceased flowing. San Francisco banker F.L.A. Pioche and others . . . — Map (db m41277) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — W.W. Cozzens HouseCity of San Jose Historical Landmark #201
W.W. Cozzens purchased 13.5 acres of land and built a house on this site between 1873 and 1875. He was a pioneer of Santa Clara Valley who introduced a revolutionary process of drying prunes and apricots, that would eventually be shipped all over . . . — Map (db m128446) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Welcome to Alum Rock ParkCalifornia’s Oldest Municipal Park
Alum Rock Park was acquired in stages over many years. The original claim is based on the first land grant by Governor Filipe de Neve, July 22, 1778. Alum Rock Park has survived many challenges to that original grant and on March 13, 1872 the . . . — Map (db m63788) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Wesley United Methodist ChurchChartered August, 13, 1895
Wesley United Methodist Church was chartered August, 13, 1895 by the evangelical spirit and vision of pioneer Issei Christians and the struggles and hopes of immigrant families who had come to farm rich soil of the Santa Clara Valley. With a . . . — Map (db m52222) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — William Henry Eddy1817 – 1859
He led the forlorn hope of the Donner Party. Dedicated Memorial Day, 1946 — Map (db m52211) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — 2 — Willow Glen Public Buildings
Post Officies The Kensington Post Office operated as the post office and general store located at the corner of Minnesota and Cherry Avenues beginning operations in 1894. After January 1895, this Post Office was called Willowglen (all one . . . — Map (db m100099) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — 1 — Willow Glen Schools
The first Willow Glen School was built at Malone Road and Lincoln Avenue on land donated during the Civil War by a local farmer, Royal Cottle (near Roycott Avenue). In 1897, with Willow Glen growing in population, a new school, superseding its . . . — Map (db m100101) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — 868 — Winchester House
Built by Sarah Winchester, widow of rifle manufacturer William Winchester, this unique structure includes many outstanding elements of Victorian architecture and fine craftsmanship. Construction began in 1884 and continued without interruption until . . . — Map (db m2582) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Winchester Mystery House
The Winchester Mystery House was the home of Sarah Winchester, heiress to [the] Winchester Rifle fortune, from 1884 until her death in 1922. Mrs. Winchester was convinced by an occultist that the lives of her husband and daughter had been taken . . . — Map (db m54664) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Winchester Mystery House100 Years of Mystery! — 1884 - 1984
One hundred years have passed since Sarah L. Winchester first arrived in the Santa Clara Valley with nearly $20,000,000 and began quietly adding rooms to a small country farm house, then three miles west of San Jose. Ten years have passed since the . . . — Map (db m54666) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Wing’s Chinese Restaurant
Dad would teach us things, but we were not interested in the restaurant. We saw how hard he worked. He started working at ten in the morning and wouldn’t stop until two the next morning. Every day. Seven days a week. Dr. James Chan, 2006 — Map (db m52495) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Wood Road & Jacques Ridge
[Side-bar on left:] Wood Road and Jacques Ridge Built in April 1876 by the Quicksilver Mining Company, Wood Road originally served to connect nearby oak woodlands to the mining operations where voracious wood-fueled furnaces processed . . . — Map (db m52816) HM
California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Yasunaga Produce and Transfer Company
Occupying the entire south side of Taylor Street between 5th and 6th was a truck transfer company owned by Mr. K. Yasunage. Farmers had to sell their produce in San Francisco and Oakland markets and needed someone to transport the produce. Most . . . — Map (db m52493) HM

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