Friday, August 10, 2012

Happy Birthday Los Gatos!

The Town of Los Gatos celebrates its 125th birthday today! The town was officially incorporated in 1887. Over these many years, Los Gatos has evolved from a rugged mountainside farming community, to a stop along the highway and railroad to Santa Cruz, to the gorgeous, hillside town it is today. Unfortunately, the orchards that created the Valley of Hearts Delight in the first half of the 1900s are gone. So is the railroad that served the west valley communities, connecting them to San Jose on one end and Santa Cruz on the other. But we love our town just the way it is.

The building where Vintages is located was the original home of Swanson Ford back in 1920s through the 1950s. It later housed a boat seller showroom and the Noodle Palace, a Chinese restaurant, in the 1980s. We have been here in this location since 2003.

The Swanson Ford building is shown below in parade photos from 1949 and 1956.
1949 Daughters of the American Revolution Float in the 1949 California Centennial Parade (Courtesy Los Gatos DAR Collection)
The Native Daughters of the Golden West sashay alongside decorated cars in the 1956 Fiesta de Los Gatos parade. (Courtesy San Jose Mercury)
This is Vintages during the 2010 Los Gatos Children's Holiday & Christmas Parade
For history buffs, and anyone who loves old photos, check out this photo slideshow about the 125 years of Los Gatos. The Town is holding several birthday parties tonight at local parks -- Bachman, Belgatos, Blossom Hill, La Rinconada, and Live Oak Manor. The festivities are from 6 to 8 pm.

And don't forget the Fiesta de Artes on the Los Gatos Civic Center grounds on Saturday and Sunday.

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