San Jose 1948 an Aerial View

markc09_blue_biplane_with_red_wings_1In 1774 wild cattle wandered under giant willows and through blackberries that grew in a swampy area that is now known as Willow Glen. As I try to fall asleep I rather imagine my bed among the fruit trees that flourished here in 1948.

To see what was once where your bed is now try Historic Aerials (can be slow to load). Put in your address, zoom in, zoom out or pan the image. I enjoyed looking at our valley in 1956 with ‘Major Roads’ on, to see where the freeways of the future would be. To get a look at Park Ave. as it runs through what is now Plaza De Cesar Chavez Park use 170 S Market St 95113 (The Fairmont Hotel). Panning the image can be a bit fussy and slow, but it is a good way to navigate to a spot if the address is not known. Set it to 1948, zoom out – pan around our valley and just look at the orchards.

2 Comments so far

  1. Rebekah Sprecher (beckerbuns) on July 9th, 2009 @ 11:12 pm

    Wow, what a find! I love stuff like this. Like… Old-fashioned Google Earth. :)

  2. Joann Landers (joannlanders) on July 9th, 2009 @ 11:24 pm


    I love maps and Google Earth, and I had fun looking back at the old days with this site.

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