California in the 1930s: The WPA Guide to the Golden State

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San Jose

Railroad Stations: 65 Cahill St. for Southern Pacific Lines.

Bus Stations: Union Bus Station, 25 S. Market St., for Pacific Greyhound and Peerless Stages; San Jose Travel Bureau, 44 W. San Carlos St., for Airline Bus Line and Dollar Line.

Airport: San Jose Airport, 4.2 m. NW. of business district; taxi 60¢ to 85¢; no scheduled service.

Taxis: Meter system, 15¢ first half-mile, 10¢ each additional half-mile, no charge for extra passengers; zone system, 10¢ to 25¢, 10¢ for each additional passenger.

City Busses: Fare 7¢, 4 tokens for 25¢.

Traffic Regulations: Pedestrians have right-of-way except at controlled crossings.

Accommodations: 33 hotels; nine auto trailer camps.

Information Service: Chamber of Commerce, Civic Auditorium, San Carlos and S. Market Sts.; American Automobile Assn., 926 The Alameda; California State Auto Assn., 1024 The Alameda.

Radio Station: KQW (1010 kc).

Theaters and Motion Picture Houses: Main Theater and Dunn Little Theater in Civic Auditorium, San Carlos and S. Market St9., road shows and concerts; 10 motion picture houses.

Golf: Hillview Public Golf Course, Tully Rd. and Swift Lane, 18 holes, greens fee 50¢ weekdays, 75¢ Sat., $1 Sun. and holidays.

Tennis: San Jose Tennis Courts, 7th and E. Humboldt Sts., lighted; Backesto Park, 13th and Jackson Sts., 12 courts; City Playfield, Home St. and Delmas Ave., 4 courts.

Swimming: Alum Rock Park, 7 m. NE. on Alum Rock Ave. (pool open Mar.Nov.), adm. 50¢, includes suit and towel, children, 25¢; Roosevelt Junior High School pool (open to public during evenings in summer), 17th and Santa Clara Sts., adm. 35¢, includes suit and towel.

Riding: Twenty-five miles of bridle paths in Alum Rock Park, 7 m. NE. on Alum Rock Ave.; $1 first hour, 75¢ each hour thereafter.

Annual Events: Maximum bloom of 100,000 roses in Municipal Rose Garden, Naglee and Dana Aves., early May; Fiesta de las Rosas Golf Tournament, Hillview Public Golf Course, Sept.

SAN JOSE (pronounced San Ho-say’; 100 alt., 57,651 pop.) is built on the flat alluvial soil of the Santa Clara Valley at the southern and shallow end of San Francisco Bay, 50 miles south of San Francisco. The city itself is eight miles from the waters of the bay, separated by low ground and marshlands. Mountains are visible from almost any point in the city: brown, bare foothills merge into the peaks of the Mount Hamilton Range to the east and to the west is the green and thickly wooded Coast Range. These mountains trap rains and fogs generated over the ocean and give San Jose a semi-arid climate with no

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations ix
  • Maps xiii
  • General Information xv
  • Calendar of Events xix
  • A Guide to Recreation xxi
  • Preface 1939 xxix
  • Editorial Staff xxxi
  • Introduction xxxiii
  • Part I - California- From Past to Present 1
  • El Dorado Up to Date 3
  • Natural Setting and Conservation 8
  • The First Californians 33
  • California’s Last Four Centuries 41
  • Riches from the Soil 66
  • Industry and Finance 79
  • From Clipper Ship to Clipper Plane 87
  • Workingmen 95
  • Press and Radio 109
  • The Movies 120
  • Education 131
  • The Arts 139
  • Architecture 167
  • Part II - Signposts to City Scenes 177
  • Berkeley 179
  • Fresno 188
  • Hollywood 192
  • Long Beach 201
  • Los Angeles 206
  • Monterey 230
  • Oakland 237
  • Pasadena 245
  • Sacramento 250
  • San Diego 258
  • San Francisco 265
  • San Jose 298
  • Santa Barbara 304
  • Stockton 311
  • Part III - Up and Down the State 315
  • Tour 1 317
  • Death Valley National Monument 645
  • Sequoia and General Grant National Parks 655
  • Yosemite National Park 667
  • Golden Gate International Exposition 680
  • Part IV - Appendices 685
  • Chronology 687
  • A Select Reading List of California Books 694
  • Index 699
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