Jon Kennedy
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Historic houses in Los Gatos, California

On Monday, July 11, Carl Essex and I met for our monthly walk-and-talk at Forbes Mill in Los Gatos, the San Jose suburb featured in several earlier Jonals stretching back as far as last Christmas. Carl chose it as a place closer to where I live than his "turf," but didn't specify the walk we might take. I assumed (incorrectly; most assumptions seem to be incorrect) that we would go one direction or the other of the Los Gatos Creek Trail that passes through the property occupied by the Forbes Mill, which is a historical museum. Instead, Carl had years ago taken a walk around the town of Los Gatos to see the historical houses—most of which are Victorian in period and style. And since he still had a map from that tour with descriptions of the historical houses, that's the tour we took. Thus, the video below is much different from the ones that have gone before. At one point I compare the street we are on with Cape May, NJ, the town in which I took my final year of college undergraduate studies and degree, and which boasts the largest collection of "in situ Victorian houses east of the Mississippi." San Francisco is also famous for one of the largest collections of Victorian-style houses anywhere.

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The map below shows (by the red asterisk and arrow) the location of Forbes Mill and the section of town we toured. .

Update on Mount Umunhum, the subject of the previous Jonal. As seems to happen so often, a few days after I sent out the video and accompanying text about Mount Umunhum, a local television station carried a report about it, revealing that although it has been government property since an Air Force base occupied the western slope of the peak from the days of the Cold War (the 1950s) it has now been turned over to a preservationist group for redevelopment as a park and permanent space. As much of the remains of the AF base still must be removed, the peak remains closed to public access. Federal funds have been allocated for much of the remaining redevelopment. The report also stated that my description of how the peak got its name (from the humming of the radar equipment used there for decades), is erroneous. The documentary claimed that it was an Indian name describing the spiritual significance the mountain held to those ancient people.

— Webmaster Jon Kennedy


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