History

We’re bringing you some fun facts about San Jose and its history. If you’re a trivia master (or local enthusiast), give these a try.
Tell us you’re from San Jose without telling us you’re from San Jose.
From public artworks to cultural centers, local Black history is all around us.
What stores, restaurants, and venues would you like to see return to the great 408?
Let’s take a look at some of the oldest established restaurants, stores, and more in San Jose, CA
The first + oldest park in Santa Clara County turned 100 years old this year, with its original opening date of January 24, 1924.
Learn how you can celebrate our local fire department’s exciting milestone.
From his humble, Bay Area roots to an nationally renowned aviation pioneer, we chart the course through the life and legacy of John J. Montgomery.
From historical events, to creative interpretations of cultural creatures, San Jose’s statue game is on point.
From the turn of the 20th century to modern news, weather, and traffic, a San Jose radio inventor pioneered the way we enjoy entertainment over the airwaves.
Let’s walk through the front doors of another grand South Bay mansion.
A small, two-room structure in the center of San Pedro Square Market tells the incredible origin story of the great 408.
We asked our readers what a Hallmark movie based in San Jose would look like — here are a few answers we received.
Rounding out 2023 with a list of our favorite local spots, hangouts, experiences, and drinks from all over the great 408.
Consider these our Hollywood signs.
The original site of Vallco mall will be converted into mixed-use retail and residential space.
Here’s a brief update on the history + fates of three long-abandoned San Jose movie theaters.
From the tallest residential apartment building in San Jose to the Bill Walsh Legacy Game, we’re taking San Jo back to the ‘00s.
Local author and artist Ricardo Cortez talks Lowriding culture, history + community, and gives tips on which restaurant has the best orange sauce.
Fry’s Electronics, the quirky, now-defunct big-box retailer finds new life in the hearts and memories of SJtoday readers + followers.
In the Edenvale neighborhood of south San Jose, many streets have unique names — and these seven streets are named after truly impressive thoroughbreds.
From a toy store kingpin to the world’s first video game consoles, the Chuck E. Cheese off Tully Road has had a wild run in San Jose’s history.
Tech superstore Fry’s Electronics was a San Jose staple for decades. After their collapse in 2021, their iconic buildings in the South Bay face an uncertain fate.
Check out our guide to the many meaningful murals you can find around our city.
Let’s visit another common architectural style in San Jose — the Craftsman home, popularized in the early 20th century.
A new report indicates San Jose’s Supermicro will be breathing new life into an old Fry’s Electronics location on East Brokaw Rd.
Let’s talk about this local legend who brought not just the highly popular Gordon Biersch Brewery to San Jose, but even more internationally loved beer.
We’re turning back the clock to the 1990s in the great 408.
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