I learned a few things about San Jose today…

I was walking around Downtown San Jose for no particular reason and learned a handful of interesting things.

San Jose History San Jose is the home to the the world’s first radio broadcast station! Charles Herrold did broadcasts of music and news. Originally station FN, KCBS’ history can be traced back to this historic accomplishment.Now the location of the Knight-Ridder building, the broadcasts were done from the Garden City Bank. This plaque stands testament to San Jose’s past.
San Jose History The building housing the Black Sea Gallery was the home to San Jose’s Woolworth’s. What’s left is the tile from the original entryway — one graces the front of the shop’s windows, the other is near the doorway.
San Jose History The Peralta Adobe was not built by Peralta, but by Manuel Gonzalez before 1800. Manuel Gonzalez was an Apache Indian who accompanied the DeAnza Expedition in 1775. The building is named after Luis Maria Peralta, however both are founders of the original Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe.I wonder why it wasn’t called the Gonzalez Adobe :)

1 Comment so far

  1. Joann Landers (joannlanders) on July 28th, 2008 @ 4:58 am

    The end of Woolworth’s was the marking of the end of downtown San Jose. It was the ‘Target’ of our good old days. Not only could we buy just about anything, the counter was the place to have lunch. We would sound so adult, as we ordered a club sandwich.

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