Jon Kennedy
Jon Kennedy

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End of Coyote Creek Trail, Morgan Hill at last

The population of Morgan Hill was just under 38,000 in last year's census, to answer a question I asked myself in the video below, and confirming my stated suspicion that California towns that look small to us easterners often have populations ten times bigger than they seem. But they have often seemed to undergo overnight population booms as well. I have reported elsewhere that San Jose (of which Morgan Hill is a suburb 15 miles to the south, city center to downtown) that in 1950 San Jose and Johnstown were about the same size, but San Jose has been one of the nation's fastest growing cities in the intervening years (while Johnstown has grown much smaller) to now number only about 50,000 short of a million residents. The latter figure was San Jose's approximate total population in 1950. The video Jonal nature walks have traversed the entire distance from San Jose's Hellyer Park to the Coyote Creek trail's southern terminus in Morgan Hill, as of this video.

Click the play button above for the Windows Media version, or if you are on a platform that is not Windows-compatible, click here to watch the video on YouTube. Double-click to make the video above full-screen.

Years ago when I was a freelance editor serving a clientele from the area, one of my clients was an attorney with offices in San Jose whose name was Morgan, and he was working on a book about Morgan horses, a breed that he owned and was expert in. I never asked where he lived, but knowing he owned horses led me to guess it was Morgan Hill or thereabouts: it almost had to be someplace south of San Jose. And I was wondering if the attorney was one of the Morgans the town is named for. Now I learn that Morgan Hill was the full name of the man, whose first name was Morgan, for whom the town is named. No fool like an old fool.

There have been several references to a segment of the trail not yet covered, the one that terminates at Tully Road in San Jose. That may be the subject of our next ideo Jonal.

— Webmaster Jon Kennedy


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Today's chuckle

An elderly woman walked into the local country church. The friendly usher greeted her at the door and helped her up the flight of steps. "Where would you like to sit?" he asked politely. "The front row, please," she answered. "You really don't want to do that," the usher said. "The pastor is really boring." "Do you happen to know who I am?" the woman inquired. "No," he said. "I'm the pastor's mother," she replied indignantly. "Do you know who I am?" he asked. "No," she said. "Good," he answered.

Thought for today

Everyone knew one thing on September 11, 2001. It wasn't Lutherans flying those airplanes into buildings.

— Shane Hipps

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