October 20th, 2016

San José History Park

San José History Park

On Saturday D. and I wound up at the History Park in San José, because our first choice of place to go, unbeknownst to us, had been taken over for a Diwali festival, and our second choice was up in the hills and was very drizzly and breezy and not very pleasant.  So we descended back into the valley and wandered around the History Park for a little while before they closed for the day, and I took some pics.

First we see an antique steam tractor.

A 1942 Ford pickup rusts in peace in front of a historic gas station.

They do not want people to hurt themselves or the truck.

In a warehouse behind one the the historic buildings, we stumble across a glass-blowing class conducted by the Bay Area Glass Institute.  Here we see scoops of glass granules called frit, used for adding color during the glass-blowing process.

In another warehouse we see a maze of ductwork called "The Octopus," the venting system for the flameworking workshop.

Back outside on the grounds we see a replica of the San José Electric Tower, a wondrous structure from the early days of the 20th Century (the original collapsed after storm damage in 1915).

Electric lights are strung between lampposts for a total-immersion historic recreation event later on in the evening.

Inside the Pacific Hotel's Arbuckle Gallery, we see an exhibit featuring the work of local sign painting artist Reynold Giese.

I love this laughing bear.  He is my spirit animal.  I remember these signs from my early childhood.

Back outside we see some of the historic houses.

The Viet Museum is housed inside another historic house in the park.

This Vietnamese coracle has been repurposed into a planter.

As a few raindrops begin to fall, a rose in the Viet Museum garden seems to glow in the growing darkness.