Thursday, March 8, 2012

Vintage Los Gatos Postcard: Santa Clara Valley of Hearts Delight


Before Don Hoefler coined the term Silicon Valley in the 1960s, the Santa Clara Valley was known as The Valley of Hearts Delight. It was a place of agricultural splendor. Orchards with prune, apricot and plum trees, and vineyards of grapes. In spring you could see a blanket of white and pink blossoms across the floor of the valley and their sweet aroma wafted across the whole region. The orchards are mostly gone now. A few remain, some, like the Heritage Orchard in Saratoga, are historical parks. Somehow, Silicon Valley does not have the same romantic sentiment as The Valley of Hearts Delight!

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