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The Alameda (ROW) City Landmark District
The Alameda ROW (Right-of-Way) City Landmark District HS84-26 is listed under the theme of Communication and Transportation for the Spanish period (1777-1822). This district consists of an important transportation corridor which includes trees from Race Street to I-880; parcels adjacent are excluded. The Alameda, part of the former Hispanic Period El Camino Real (The King's Highway) was the best road in the region - though at times impassable - connecting the Pueblo de San José with Mission Santa Clara. The Alameda west of the Guadalupe River also served as a boundary line between Rancho Potrero de Santa Clara on the north and Rancho de los Coches on the south. In the 1850s the San José to San Francisco Stage ran along The Alameda. It was a toll road briefly between 1862-1868 and became a public road in 1871. Horse drawn trolleys ran along The Alameda in the 1870s, then electric trolleys in 1887, and later buses in 1938. "The Way of the Willows" along The Almaden is now bordered by 50-110 feet high Sycamore trees with 23-45 inch diameters. A single "offshoot" of one of the original trees was still growing in front to 1860 The Alameda" in 1982. A single City of San José Heritage Tree, a large 64-inch Quercus lobata (Valley Oak) is situated at 1570 The Alameda (HT-06-019). Many more Heritage Trees are located within "Garden Alameda" at 1510, 1520, 1550, 1570 and 1590 The Alameda.

The Alameda (right-of-way) City Landmark District Map