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History Park

1650 Senter Rd, San Jose, CA 95112
Trolley at History Park

Visitors to History Park in San Jose can ride on an antique trolley.

Photo: By Stephen Beale

History Park in San Jose, California, is designed as an indoor/outdoor museum, arranged to appear as a small US town might have in the early 1900s. Since its inauguration in 1971, 29 historic buildings and other landmarks have been moved from their original San Jose locations or are represented by replicas.

Period exhibits include a doctor's office, dentist's office (complete with an old foot-pedal-powered drill), fruit barn, blacksmith shed, livery stable, a working print shop, a gas station, the Pacific Hotel, the Empire Fire House, the Bank of Italy (precursor to the Bank of America), a one-room schoolhouse, a post office and a number of houses of early Santa Clara Valley settlers. Other attractions include restored antique trolleys, the Perham Collection of Early Electronics and steam locomotive Southern Pacific 1215.

The park also houses the Viet Museum, Portuguese Historical Museum, Hellenic Heritage Museum and Paulson House. The latter is a Queen Anne-style residence built in the 1890s. The park is operated by History San Jose, which also maintains the Peralta Adobe – Fallon House Historic Site in downtown San Jose.

This description includes material adapted from the Wikipedia article "History Park at Kelley Park", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0. It has been edited for brevity and to conform with the style of this website. The edited description is distributed under the terms of the same Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0 license.