Excerpt From Introduction
The earthquake of April 18, 1906 affected people in Palo Alto considerably. There were no deaths, but over one hundred fifty thousand dollars damage was done to buildings and furnishings.
Through interviews and reading countless personal experiences, is appears that the majority of people reacted immediately following the major shock with bewilderment and overwhelming awe that nature could actually deal such a severe blow one minute and the next minute be tranquil and beautiful, as if nothing had happened.
Numerous people wrote terrific reports about their feelings and experiences. I have tried to intertwine their thoughts to provide the reader with a feeling of actually being in the situation and living in the turmoil and chaos, happiness and sadness of “Those Days”.
Adapted from Foreword
California bandit history is obscured in a literary blend of legend, folklore, and intermingled fact and fiction. They were stage robbers, horse thieves and killers. They were early-California gangsters on horseback and by many of their compatriots they were admired, and feared, and for both reasons were often sheltered and protected. They led lives pledged to a warfare against organized society.
Fortunately, the exploits of the one-and-only Tiburcio Vasquez can be more firmly based on authentic records – he was periodically involved in the due process of law.
Vasquez cannot be considered “the bandit of Santa Clara Valley”, for he ranged widely from Sonoma to Los Angeles. But our Valley was his Waterloo and in the end it was here that he was jailed, convicted, executed and buried.
Excerpt from Preface
One purpose of this inventory is to put us in touch with the heritage of Santa Clara Valley as it is reflected in our built environment. From Valley of Heart’s Delight to Silicon Valley, Santa Clara County has been a desirable place to settle. Our buildings, neighborhoods and streetscapes show where we’ve come from…..and where we’re going. They are visual remnants of a historical document, indicating our tastes, resourcefulness, and way of life as a people. They serve as links to our past, shedding perspective on its interpretation for the present…..and its significance for the future.
The second purpose of this inventory is to provide a useful planning tool for identifying heritage resources in the preparation of Environmental Impact Reports, and determining eligibility for our application of the State Historic Building Code. Elements of our man-made environment, like elements of our natural environment, are increasingly being recognized as a resource to be addressed through the comprehensive planning process.
This inventory is viewed as a correctable product. We invite your participation in maintaining this inventory–to help keep the past part of the future in Santa Clara Valley.
INVENTORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS,
Ann Hines, Chr.