2390 Harris Way, San Jose, CA, US, 95131
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The last lynching ever held in California took place in this park. Things are much quieter these days (not to mention law-abiding). Nowadays the place holds a few statues and a small clan of homeless persons, but during the summer, there are live concerts featuring a variety of music performed to an appreciative crowd of locals. You will spot everyone from hi-tech types taking a break to families with kids to senior citizens enjoying the fresh air. There are also forestry classes year-round that make the environment come to life in all new ways.
Peralta Adobe & Fallon House Historic Site is made up of two different buildings. One is the oldest address in San Jose, the other is the home built by a former mayor in the 19th century. See what life was like in the 1900s and get a rich dose of fascinating local history. The site also contains an excellent bookstore. Tours are available by appointment only.
Once you get past the grand arch of the San Pedro Square entrance, you will find yourself in the famous restaurant area of Downtown San Jose. Foodies will delight at this square which offers them a mind-boggling range of cuisines, cafe-bars and fine dining restaurants to choose from. People watching becomes a past time at cafes which offer sidewalk seating. Art galleries and theaters thrive in the downtown area and attract tourists and crowds every single day of the week.
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral is the oldest church in San Jose. The church is rich in history and is a diverse kind of a church as it is the Cathedral Church for the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real and also a downtown parish church and also as it includes both Catholic and Protestant traditions.
San Jose served as California's first capital in 1850, but it wasn't until the 1980's that the downtown area began to resemble the bustling district it is today. The downtown area is home to numerous San Jose landmarks, including the San Jose Museum of Art, the Tech Museum of Innovation, the San Jose Repertory Theater, the De Anza Hotel, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, and San Jose State University's campus. Downtown San Jose is generally considered to encompass the area north of Interstate 280 and east of Guadalupe Parkway. Most of the downtown area is covered by a public WiFi network, fitting for such a leading tech city. With a slew of restaurants, nightlife, entertainment and shopping options, Downtown San Jose is a must-visit part of this historic city.
The Electric Light Tower of San Jose is very important to the residents of the city. It was founded in 1881 by J.J. Owen. This 237 feet high tower marked the onset of electricity for the people of San Jose. They were very proud of the Tower and even compared it to the World famous landmark—the Eiffel Tower of Paris. The Tower was damaged by a windstorm in the early 1900's and collapsed on the street. The replica of the original tower can be found at the History Park at San Jose.
Crawling for three miles alongside the Guadalupe River and harnessing Highway 87, this unique natural environment contains a rose garden, jogging trails, several species of birds and lots of picnic tables. Nestled in a particularly scenic spot in the South Bay, it is a great place for a day's outing or a slow leisurely walk. Improvements are ongoing and when it is finally completed, it will be a spectacular place for everyone in the family.
A completely touristy spot, 65 Post Street in San Jose is full of dining areas and important landmarks. Adobe Headquarters, The Dragonfly behind Adobe Building, Convention center and the historic San Jose Adobe house are few of the attractions one can't miss when touring the city. Want to rest your sore feet and snack on some food while you're at it? 65 Post Street has quite a few eating joints to appease your tastebuds. The most popular ones being—Splash which is a Video Bar Nightclub and Lounge and Waves Smoke House and Salon—the oldest bar and restaurant in San Jose that serves Texas style barbecue with a 100 years old bar and an antique slot machine.
The classic French architectural motifs that gained popularity in the 19th Century is what inspired the architecture of La Petit Trianon. Constructed in 1892, this historically-significant building is situated on the grounds of De Anza College in Cupertino, California. The California History Center, a program of the Social Science Center of De Anza College, occupies the La Petit Trianon. Tours of this historic place are available on due inquiry and request.
Renovated in 2005, 'The San José New City Hall' aims at making the city services easily accessible. Designed by the famous architect Richard Meier, the building is environmentally friendly and is designed to use natural light. The complex consists of an eighteen-story tower and covers a 550,000 square-foot (51,096 square-meter) area. There are several rooms and areas in the San José New City Hall that are available for rental for events like banquets, parties, weddings, performances etc.
This huge, multi-domed church was originally built in 1877 and was restored to its original splendor in 1990. This is actually the fifth location of the parish seat; the first was built in 1803. The present structure is a monumental building. Incredible stained glass work renders the sanctuary into a lovely, almost mystical space when the sun causes the colors to play across the walls, pews and floor. Masses are held in Spanish and English.
The Knight Ridder Building was formerly the 'Garden City Bank building,' which was home to the world's first commercial radio station. Knight Ridder holds the legacy of being the second largest newspaper publishing chain in the United States and has provided information to countless individuals. You cannot miss this site as the name "Knight Ridder" is written across the top story of this imposing 17-story structure. Though the Knight Ridder company has been taken over by the McClatchy Company, the building is still considered an important landmark of the Downtown area and continues to hold an important place in the city's media and publishing history.