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The Alviso area was first settled during the 1700s. It was named for an explorer known as Ignacio Alviso. IN 1838, a Mexican land grant was given and the town was begun. It was a busy port sending out and picking up such items as hides, tallow, grains, etc. In 1849, Chester S. Lyman laid out the actual town. Later, in 1852, the city of Alviso was incorporated. Up until 1864, Alviso was an important city for shipping and a port of entry for the Santa Clara Valley, but in that year, the San Francisco and San Jose Railroad opened bypassing Alviso. The change was immediate. People preferred the quicker delivery the railroad offered and business removed itself to San Jose. A revival of the town came about in the late 1870's when the Alameda to Santa Cruz South Pacific coast narrow-gauge railroad opened its lines. Other businessmen attempted a venture to dredge the slough at the end of the San Francisco Bay, creating a new port in the south bay area. The dredging was never really accomplished and the railroad never materialized, quietly ending Alviso's bid to re-vitalize.
Alviso residents voted on 9 January 1968, to be absorbed into the city of San Jose. The vote was in favor of the annexation. On 12 March, 1968, the change was completed. Though the city does not exist officially, it remains a community of Alviso residents.
Learn more about Alviso at this informative site.
Francisco Solano Alviso Adobe
California State Historic Landmark 510
3465 Old Foothill Blvd
3 mi S of Dublin
Alviso Marina County Park
Opportunities abound for birdwatching, seasonal hiking, biking, picnicking and more in this park on the bay.
Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 524
Newark, CA 94560
The first urban National Wildlife Refuge established in the United States, is dedicated to preserving and enhancing wildlife habitat, protecting migratory birds, protecting threatened and endangered species, and providing opportunities for wildlife-oriented recreation and nature study for the surrounding communities. 23,000 acres of open bay, salt pond, salt marsh, mudflat, upland and vernal pool habitats located throughout south San Francisco Bay.
Alviso Slough Trail
This trail is a nearly 9 mile loop. For walkers or bicyclists, a good opportunity to see the marshes, ponds and other flora and fauna of the area.
Great pictures of Alviso and the area.
Interesting story about Drawbridge, a town on an island in the bay about three miles from Alviso. It is now a ghosttown.
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Economy & Industry
mainly an agricultural economy with mostly residential neighborhoods. Some business and industrial uses are in Alviso
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Alviso is governed by the City of San Jose and is part of the 4th District.
Children of Alviso attend schools in the Santa Clara Unified School District. Elementary age attend George Mayne Elementary in Alviso. Middle School students attend in nearby Sunnyvale. High School students go to Wilcox High School in Santa Clara.