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Old 11-26-2012, 04:43 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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If I get the job and move up, first round is on me. :^)
Then hit up this place in La Honda:

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Old 11-28-2012, 07:33 PM
 
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Well, it won't happen this time around. I still want to drive up that way and look around at places, maybe I'll happen on some work as well by doing that. Dumber things have happened. :^)

I'm keeping the list of places handy, should get a chance to run up there in February and take a peep. Thank you again.
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:28 AM
 
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It's beautiful country, unlike Sunnyvale.
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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It's beautiful country, unlike Sunnyvale.

Question for the old timers. What did Sunnyvale and surrouding areas look like 50 or 100 years ago? Are these trees native, or was the area treeless before population started growing?
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:15 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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Question for the old timers. What did Sunnyvale and surrouding areas look like 50 or 100 years ago? Are these trees native, or was the area treeless before population started growing?
Lots of orchards


In 1871, James and Eloise Dawson established the first fruit cannery in Santa Clara County. Fruit agriculture and canning soon became a major industry in the county. The invention of the refrigerated rail car further increased the viability of an economy based upon fruit. The fruit orchards become so prevalent that in 1886, the San Jose Board of Trade called Santa Clara County the "Garden of the World". In the 1880s, Chinese workers made up 48 percent of the farm labor in Santa Clara County. This percentage reduced over time after the Chinese Exclusion Act was passed. In the following decade, the 1890s, multitudes of immigrants from Italy, the Azores, Portugal, and Japan arrived to work in the orchards.
In 1897, Walter Everett Crossman bought 200 acres (809,000 m) and began selling real estate. He advertised the area as
Beautiful Murphy. Later, in the 1900s, real estate developer Walter Crossman described it as "the City of Destiny". Also in 1897, Encina School opened as the first school in Murphy. Previously, children in the town had to travel to Mountain View for school.
In 1901, the residents of Murphy were informed they could not use the names Encinal or Murphy for their post office. They decided to use the name
Sunnyvale for the name of their town.
Sunnyvale continued to grow and in 1904, dried fruit production began. Two years later, Libby, McNeill & Libby, a Chicago meat-packing company, decided to open its first fruit packing factory in Sunnyvale. Today, a water tower painted to resemble the first Libby's fruit cocktail can label identifies the former site of the factory.

Until: By 2002, the few remaining orchards were demolished and replaced with homes and shops. However, there are still city-owned orchards, such as the Heritage Orchard next to the Sunnyvale Community Center.


Sunnyvale, California - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Okay, so from the late 1800s on, there were lots of orchards. What about before? Were there lots of natural trees down in the valley area prior to the agriculture? Or was it like the "golden grasslands" east of the Bay?
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:41 AM
 
Location: In them thar hills
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Okay, so from the late 1800s on, there were lots of orchards. What about before? Were there lots of natural trees down in the valley area prior to the agriculture? Or was it like the "golden grasslands" east of the Bay?
Generally speaking you can draw a line, roughly along El Camino then angling down the Lawrence corridor. Prior to English speaking settlement that line defined the boundary between oak savanna and grass land. The savanna gets thick and morphs into forest along the creeks and as you head toward Saratoga, Western Cupertino, Los Altos, etc. To get an idea check out the area around Aragon in San Mateo, they didn't put in orchards there and many of the native trees were kept by many who developed homes when the old ranchos were subdivided. The predominant species is Coast Live Oak, with the odd Black Oak mixed in.

You also catch a glimpse in Los Altos, Palo Alto, Menlo, Atherton and parts of Redwood City.
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Generally speaking you can draw a line, roughly along El Camino then angling down the Lawrence corridor. Prior to English speaking settlement that line defined the boundary between oak savanna and grass land.
Excellent info, exactly what I was wondering. I figured most of the trees in Sunnyvale are not native.
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