Light Tower, Historical Park, San Jose, California

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In 1881, a 237-foot (72 m)-tall[8] moonlight tower was erected in San Jose, California, making it the first city to be illuminated by an electric light west of the Rocky Mountains. The tower was at Santa Clara and Market Streets, and stood until it collapsed in a storm on Dec. 3, 1915. In 1977, a nearly half-sized replica (shown in a photo on the right) was constructed at the San Jose Historical Museum, also known as History San José, located at 1650 Senter Road, San Jose. The replica tower is 115 feet (35 m) tall. It is located approximately 3.2 miles (5.1 km) from the original location.

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Comments (18)

wow! I bet it's rather scary there on top! Nice photo!

davidcmc58 on June 10, 2010

lmari, thank you so much for your kind words. This is a half size replica of a light tower that was lighting the main street of San Jose California many years ago. Best regards, David

very interesting! thanks for information!

乾龍 on June 10, 2010

Good photography and beautiful colors

Best wishes 乾龍

John de Crom on June 10, 2010

Very good picture David.Flash. Greetings John.

Achiper on June 10, 2010

David. Beautiful perspective.

reza pourhaji on June 10, 2010

Very nice shot

best of

Best wish to you . All the best from Iran,Reza

Enzo Molino on June 12, 2010

Interesting tower.

davidcmc58 on June 12, 2010

乾龍, John, Achiper, Reza & Enzo, you are all very kind with your super comments. Thank you everyone and best regards to you from California, David

Majid Salehyar on June 12, 2010

wonderful photography

this is a great capture... I like it


davidcmc58 on June 13, 2010

Majid, thanks a lot. I am glad that you like the shot. David

林傑安(Enson) on June 18, 2010



BOP + YS!!

Sincere greetings from Taiwan to California.

davidcmc58 on June 19, 2010

林傑安(Enson), thank you so so much! Greetings from California, David

AkIrA on June 19, 2010

Interesting! Nice composition!

Greetings from Japan.

davidcmc58 on June 19, 2010

08pb104, your kindness is very much appreciated. Best regards to Japan from California, David

davidcmc58 on July 17, 2010

Pecg17, thank you for the visit and I am glad that you like it. David

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on October 2, 2010

This is an amazing tower David I had to go read about it after seeing your photo. This 115 foot tower is cool but the gigantic 237-foot tower it replaced, built in 1881 must have been quite something. Cheers for sharing Tone.

davidcmc58 on October 5, 2010

Tone, thank you much for your interest in this shot. I am glad that you enjoy it. Best regards, David

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on June 9, 2010
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by davidcmc58
    • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T1i
    • Taken on 2010/06/05 14:02:46
    • Exposure: 0.013s (1/80)
    • Focal Length: 29.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/16.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash