Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Santa Clara County Historical Events

Here is a timeline of some historical events related to Santa Clara County, California.  Click (here) for the list of Cities in Santa Clara County.  As time goes by I will be adding live links to other posts at the end of this blog post.

There were Native American Settlements dating back as early as 8,000 B.C.  A known tribe dating back to about 4,000 B.C. were th Ohlone Native American Tribe.

1769 - Jose Fransico Ortega named Santa Clara "Llano De Los Robles".  
1777 - Father Junipero Serra Consecrated the Mission Santa Clara De Asis.
1777 - San Jose was recognized as California's first town.
1830 - By this time the Ohlone population was down to about 2,500 (from over 10,000) after small pox and other epidemics.
1846 - July 14, The United State raised the United States Flag at the town hall.
1850 - San Jose became the first capital of California.
1850 - The California Gold Rush resulted in a boom.
1851 - Santa Clara University Established (the first University in California).
1850s - Santa Claras main export was agriculture.
1911 - There was a 6.6 magnitude earthquake 3 miles from Santa Clara County.
1912 - San Jose was receiving radio broadcasts.
1926 - There was a 6.1 magnitude earthquake located 36 miles from Santa Clara County.
1930s - Two Naval Air Stations were built.

I found the information above on various sites such as Wikipedia.
Sites that may be helpful in your search for Santa Clara Ancestors

History of Santa Clara
Author: Eugene T. Sawyer  1922

Santa Clara City Library (has a large genealogy section)

Santa Clara Family History Center

California Online Historical Newspapers

California Pioneers of Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County Office of the Clerk Recorder

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