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County Seat: San Jose
Year Organized: 1850
Square Miles: 1,291

Santa Clara County was one of the original counties of California, formed in 1850 at the time of statehood. Part of the county's territory was given to Alameda County in 1853. The county is named after Mission Santa Clara, which was established in 1777, and named for Saint Clare of Assisi, Italy. The name "Clare" or "Clara" means "clear" or "bright." In 1882, Santa Clara County tried to levy taxes upon property of the Southern Pacific Railroad within county boundaries. The result was the U.S. Supreme Court case of Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad, 118 U.S. 394 (1886), in which the Court established the doctrine of corporate personhood. In the 1980's and 1990's, many hi-tech companies began operations in Santa Clara County, which became the headquarters for such companies as Apple Computer, Hewlett Packard, Quest, Intel, and many others. Today the county is the main area of the Silicon Valley, which includes several other counties both north and south of Santa Clara. Some tribes of the Ohlone Indians lived at Coyote Creek in Santa Clara. (wikipedia.org) .
Gilroy Main Street
Main Street, Gilroy, CA

circa about 1920's



TOWNS

Campbell * Cupertino * Gilroy * Los Altos * Los Altos Hills * Los Gatos  * Milpitas * Monte Sereno
Morgan Hill * Mountain View * Palo Alto * San Jose * Santa Clara * Saratoga * Sunnyvale

NEIGHBORING COUNTIES

Alameda County, CA - Merced County, CA - San Benito County, CA
San Mateo County, CA - Santa Cruz County, CA - Stanislaus County, CA

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