Alviso has a rich history that dates back hundreds of years. Here is a brief breakdown of its history dating back from when indigenousness people lived here to present times.
Beginning to Present Day
The land now known as Alviso and surrounding areas used to be home to some of the first indigenous tribes in California. One of the main groups is the Ohlone tribe. Spaniards eventually found California and took control of many of the land. This is how Alviso got its name.
During this time period Alviso was a strategic port town which supplied many of the south bay. Unfortunately with the completion of the San Jose, San Francisco railroad shipping orders reduced significantly. Alviso also had many orchards and farms . This was accompanied by mills and produce packing companies.
During this time Alviso had an influx of farm workers many being latino or Chinese ethnicity. The Bay Side Cannery was started in 1906 becoming one of the largest in the State. Alviso community built health center in 1967. Alviso as a city came to an end in 1968 with the controversial annexation to San Jose.
After annexation Alviso residents still fought for improvements promised in the annexation contract with the city. With community efforts a federal grant helped get streets paved. A major flood hit Alviso in 1983
"It is embowered in the most luxuriant shrubbery and surrounded with prolific orchards of choicest fruits. It is one of the oldest and most delightfully located towns in the State."
The Pacific Tourist 1884
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