Blogs: Local History

  • Looking Back: Cesare Bini, a Santa Clara Valley Vegetable PeddlerImage: Cesare with his new 1941 GMC truck. He had a custom horn hooked up to his exhaust pipe which gave a unique announcement of arrival to his residential customers. Photo courtesy of the Bini Family.

    Image: Cesare's Graham Brothers truck with its custom built bed. A hand crank was used to start the engine. Photo courtesy of the Bini Family.
    Posted by: Ralph Pearce on Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 5:49 PM | Comments: 2
  • Looking Back: On the Trail of the Stone Avenue HouseImage:  This is 1916 Stone Avenue as it appeared about 1978. It was demolished a few years later to make way for a commercial building. Photo by Ralph Pearce.

    Image:  This is 1916 Stone Avenue as it appeared about 1978. It was demolished a few years later to make way for a commercial building. Photo by Ralph Pearce.
    Posted by: Ralph Pearce on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 11:30 PM | Comments: 4
  • Economy of the Vegetable Kingdomdarlingtonia flower

    Serpentine California California contains an amazing range of climate and landscape, and within that, a diversity of plants. Rare plants are more likely to be found in a unique environment and California excels in unique environments.
    Posted by: Erin Herzog on Friday, July 22, 2016 - 12:00 PM | Comments: 2
  • Looking Back: A Golf Course in Willow GlenImage: Advertisement for the Ironwood Swim and Gold Club.  Courtesy of Carol McDill Theuriet.

    Image: Advertisement for the Ironwood Swim and Gold Club.  Courtesy of Carol McDill Theuriet.
    Posted by: Ralph Pearce on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 6:05 PM | Comments: 2
  • Yosemite: Too Many Waterfalls, Not Enough TimeVernal Rainbow

    It was late April when I embarked on a journey to Yosemite National Park. I left San Jose around 9:30 AM, and I arrived to the Park around 3:30 PM. Usually, it would only take a four-hour drive to get there, but I made a few lengthy stops for food and such along the way. As I approached the entrance of Yosemite, it began sprinkling, which is when I realized I made the mistake of not checking the weather - just like I had on my previous trip to the Channel Islands. Once I was in the National Park, the light rain turned into a full-on lightning storm.
    Posted by: Charlie S. Buttar on Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 9:00 AM | Comments: 18