San Jose’s Electric Light Tower


115-foot replica of a 237-foot 24,000 candlepower tower that straddled the intersection of Santa Clara and Market Streets from fall of 1881 (construction began in August, lit on December 13) to December of 1915. The idea originated with an editorial published by J.J. Owen, editor of the San Jose Mercury. (Info from History Park signage. More from the San Jose Public Library.)


I did not get to see it at night – it does look like it lights up – but it’s a pretty cool structure even in the daytime. It makes some neat patterns and shadows.




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