The Santa Clara Train Depot

1863 – The Santa Clara Train Depot Was Built By The San Francisco And San Jose Railroad Company

In late 1863, the Santa Clara Train Depot was constructed by the San Francisco and San Jose Railroad Company as one of two “way stations” built between San Francisco and San Jose, the original 24 foot by 50 foot passenger portion of the depot was built on the east side of the tracks. The first regular through passenger service to San Francisco started on January 17, 1864. When the transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869, the first shipment of fresh fruit, a carload of pears from the Santa Clara depot, was sent from California to the eastern states in October, 1869.

In 1985, the South Bay Historical Railroad Society was established. The historical society manages the Edward Peterman Railroad Museum within the depot, which is next to an active Cal Tran line.

Battle of Santa Clara, Battle of the Mustard Stalks, Mission Santa Clara, Mission Santa Clara de Asís, Mission Santa Clara de Asis

Battle of the Mustard Stalks – The Only Mexican-American War Battle Fought In Northern California

On January 2, 1847, the Battle of the Mustard Stalks, more commonly known as the Battle of Santa Clara, began on a mustard field near Mission Santa Clara de Asís. The battle continued until February 7th and was the only battle of the Mexican-American War in northern California.

On February 8th, 1847, an armistice between Mexican forces, led by Francisco Sanchez, and the Americans was signed by an Oak tree. The Mexican revolt was the last of its kind in Northern California until California became a state in 1850.

In present day, historical markers indicate a site of the battle and of the armistice, by the Santa Clara City Hall.

The original historical marker for the armistice was moved when the El Camino Real Road was modified.

John Charles Frémont, Juan Chrisostomo Galindo, Maria Zacharias Bernal y Berryessa

The Berryessa Adobe

Experts believe that the Berryessa Adobe was built in the 1840s by Juan Chrisostomo Galindo, one of the first Spanish colonists to arrive to the Santa Clara Valley with the Juan Bautista de Anza Expedition.

Portrait of Santa Clara Pioneer Juan Chrisostomo Galindo.

However, in “Old Santa Clara Valley: A Guide to Historic Buildings from Palo Alto to Gilroy” by Phyllis Filiberti Butler, it says, “According to local lore the building was once a mission jail for unruly Indian field hands. And since it has an outside staircase leading to an upstairs garret, not unlike Vancouver’s description of the Indian ‘apartments’ of 1792, the structure may in fact have been constructed earlier than is generally supposed.”

The Berryessa Adobe has changed ownership a multitude of times over the past two centuries. It was first sold to Maria Zacharias Bernal y Berryessa.

Painting depicting the American settlers’ takeover of the Mexican government in Northern California.

Berryessa then gave the home to her son, Fernando, who was later killed in San Rafael on the order of John Charles Frémont during the Bear Flag Revolt.

In 1970, a historical marker was placed by the Berryessa Adobe.

In 2002, the adobe was dedicated as a musuem with descendants of the families who once lived in the structure present. The musuem consists of the histories of the families that once lived there.

Mission Santa Clara, Mission Santa Clara de Asís, Mission Santa Clara de Asis, Santa Clara, California

The Mission Period In The Santa Clara Valley

In 1769, Ohlone Indians first encountered Spanish travelers in the bay area. A few years later, on January 12, 1777, Mission Santa Clara de Asis became the eighth of the Catholic California missions founded in California.

The plaques associated with “Stroll into the Past”, next to the the Santa Clara City Hall Building, where part of the city’s 150th anniversary celebration in 2002.

San Jose, California

The Oak Hill Funeral Home And Memorial Park Of San José, California

The Oak Hill Funeral Home & Memorial Park hosts the graves of various historical figures, such as members of the Donner Party, as well as multiple celebrities.

The chapel on the grounds has a British style roof that is akin to the roof of the historical Ainsley House in downtown Campell, California.

On the top of the Oak Hill Memorial Park grounds Is a large cross and multiple cenotaphs.

The mausoleum has several statues and artwork within the grounds.

A corner of the park is dedicated to veterans from San José.