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History of Los Gatos, California, USA

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Los Gatos, Santa Clara, CA

Los Gatos is one of Santa Clara County’s oldest communities. In 1840, the Mexican government granted a land patent for a 6,600 acre rancho to Sebastian Peralta and Jose Hernandez. Los Gatos was originally named La Rinconada de Los Gatos (Cat’s Corner) by early settlers due to the screams of mountain lions prowling in the night. In 1868, 100 acres of the rancho was selected as a town site. The Town was incorporated in 1887, and by 1890 the Town’s population had grown to 1,652. When the first General Plan was adopted in 1963, the Town had grown to an area of approximately 4,000 acres, or 6.3 square miles, with a population in excess of 11,750...

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    "The Old Stone Mill" - erected 1850. First Building in Los Gatos, California.

    "One of the oldest landmarks in Los Gatos and vicinity, the Old Stone mill, is being torn down as it is now considered unsafe. The big quake of 1906 shattered it to a... Read MORE...

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  • News 1891 - THE LOS GATOS FIRE.
    Los Gatos, July 27. - The fire last night was only stopped by a great effort, as there is no fire department in the town and the water supply is small...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Los Gatos
    Los Gatos, a post-village of Santa Clara co., Cal., in Redwood township, 10 miles S.W. of San José. It has a church and a flour-mill. Pop. in 1890, 16...Read MORE...


  • News 1901 - BUSINESS PART OF LOS GATOS BURNED. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIAN TOWN SUFFERS A LOSS OF A QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS' WORTH OF PROPERTY - FOUR ACRES BURNED OVER.
    San Jose, Cal., Oct. 13. - The most destructive fire in the history of Los Gatos occurred at an early hour this morning. The entire business section o...Read MORE...


  • News 1907 - FIERCE FIRE REDUCES BIG HOTEL TO ASHES.
    San Jose, July 3. - Shortly before 8 o'clock this morning the large and handsome Elmonte Hotel at Los Gatos was discovered to be afire, and in spite o...Read MORE...


  • Los Gatos, California, USA
    Main Building. Nippon Mura; Los Gatos, California.

    "Nippon Mura, the Japanese-style villa, is pictured in this early postcard. It was also called Wistaria Villa.

    It was located mid-way between Los Gatos and Saratoga on Highway 9 and had... Read MORE...

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  • 1916
    Los Gatos, a banking city of Santa Clara co., Cal., 10 miles SW. of San Jose, on the Southern Pacific R. It has wine- and fruit-industries, etc. Pop. ...Read MORE...


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    Grammar School, Episcopal Church and Carnegie Library
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"The Old Stone Mill" - erected 1850. First Building in Los Gatos, California.

"One of the oldest landmarks in Los Gatos and vicinity, the Old Stone mill, is being torn down as it is now considered unsafe. The big quake of 1906 shattered it to a... Read MORE...

Postcard

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Main Building. Nippon Mura; Los Gatos, California.

"Nippon Mura, the Japanese-style villa, is pictured in this early postcard. It was also called Wistaria Villa.

It was located mid-way between Los Gatos and Saratoga on Highway 9 and had... Read MORE...

Postcard

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Grammar School, Episcopal Church and Carnegie Library
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  • News  1891 - THE LOS GATOS FIRE.
    Los Gatos, July 27. - The fire last night was only stopped by a great effort, as there is no fire department in the town and the water supply is... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Los Gatos
    Los Gatos, a post-village of Santa Clara co., Cal., in Redwood township, 10 miles S.W. of San José. It has a church and a flour-mill. Pop. in 1890,... Read MORE...

  • News  1901 - BUSINESS PART OF LOS GATOS BURNED. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIAN TOWN SUFFERS A LOSS OF A QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS' WORTH OF PROPERTY - FOUR ACRES BURNED OVER.
    San Jose, Cal., Oct. 13. - The most destructive fire in the history of Los Gatos occurred at an early hour this morning. The entire business section... Read MORE...

  • News  1907 - FIERCE FIRE REDUCES BIG HOTEL TO ASHES.
    San Jose, July 3. - Shortly before 8 o'clock this morning the large and handsome Elmonte Hotel at Los Gatos was discovered to be afire, and in spite... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Los Gatos, a banking city of Santa Clara co., Cal., 10 miles SW. of San Jose, on the Southern Pacific R. It has wine- and fruit-industries, etc. Pop. ... Read MORE...

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