Scan Jose Lets You Take a Walk Through History

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San Jose City Hall, c. 1889I took the coolest walk this morning.  Thanks to a new library resource made possible by a grant from the California State Library, I joined some friends and took a self-guided tour of historic downtown San José.  By connecting to on a Smartphone I was able to view historic photographs from the library's California Room collection as I visited those same spots today.  I took A Walk Around the Plaza which started at the San Jose Museum of Art (formerly both a post office and library) and stopped at San Jose's Chinatown, the site of a suspicious fire, the location of California's original state capitol and historic St. Joseph's Cathedral among other places.  At each stop my phone revealed how that very spot appeared to visitors a hundred years or so ago!  Scan Jose offers two more self guided tours as well.  I can't wait to visit Old Santa Clara Street or experience Tragedies and Calamities from our city's past.  I hope you'll join me.

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What a great idea. Easy to do and very informative. The walking tour was perfect- we did two of them this morning

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