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June 26, 2012 > Milpitas Historical Tour

Milpitas Historical Tour

Submitted By Milpitas Historical Society

The Milpitas Historical Society is sponsoring a "Community Tour" on Saturday, June 30 starting at 10 a.m. The tour is scheduled for three stops, but can be joined anywhere along the route. The tour is free and open to the public to acquaint them with historic places in and around Milpitas.

The first stop, at 10 a.m., is at the Higuera Adobe, the first Rancho in Milpitas, at North Park Victoria Drive and Wessex Place. There will be a tour of the building and grounds to learn about the main structure, the out-buildings, the 150-year-old pepper trees, the giant sycamore, the Higuera rose and cactus hedge. The story of the Higuera family and the adobe, which is now a Milpitas Park, will be told for all to enjoy.

The second stop, at 11 a.m., will be in the parking lot of AnJans Pet Supply Store, 111 South Main Street, which was the former Maple Hall. Visitors will see the 100-year-old tiles, where the old Penitencia Creek bed was and tour the Venturini House. The tour will also include the Milpitas Hotel site, Smith's (then Campbell's) Corner (site where the first murder in Milpitas took place), the first fire station, and the site of the first store.

At 11:30 a.m., the tour will make its final stop: a visit to the Silva apricot ranch at 891 Piedmont Road. This is the last working apricot ranch in Milpitas, where Kelly Silva and his family have cared for this vintage farm for almost 60 years. They will show how their Blenheim apricots are cut, laid out on trays, and taken by rail carts to be dried. Visitors will taste this delicious fruit and can even buy some to take home.

The Milpitas Historical Society was founded in 1980 by concerned citizens to preserve the heritage and history of Milpitas. Some of the most involved citizens, and the ones most involved in the Society's creation, were Elaine and Mort Levine - also the founders of the Milpitas Post newspaper. The Milpitas Historical Society7 has been involved in many fundraisers, given donations, and held events since their founding and are still very much active today.

For further information on the Milpitas Historical Society or to sign up for the tour, call (408) 320-9587.

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