Happy Birthday San Jose
Today I attended the 232nd anniversary of the founding of San Jose. For being the 10th largest city in the country, there wasn’t a whole lot of hoop-ha. 1M people live here and only about 60 showed up on a nice day. The event took place at the Peralta Adobe near downtown. By 1777 there was a lot of pressure from the Russians (yes, those pre-RED guys) in the fur trapping industry. The Spanish wanted to establish a presence beyond presidios and outposts to show that they were indeed settled. Back then the settlement was called El Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe. Former mayor Tom McHenry was there – but no one from the current regime. The San Jose History group put on a nice show with folks in period costume, tours of the adobe and the Fallon house across the street. Turns out this adobe is the oldest complete Spanish mud-brick adobe in the state. Most others from that era are partially rubble and all the missions have been rebuilt.