San Jose, California

Zachariah Jones – A Tennessee Preacher Who Opened The First Hotel In San José, California In 1847

Photograph Zachariah Jones in the late 1800s.

In 1847, Zachariah Jones, a fiery preacher from Tennessee who was known as a fighting man, opened the “Half Moon House”, which became the first established hotel in the City of San José. Later in his life, Zachariah Jones was admitted to an insane asylum in Stockton, California.

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