The grass-carpeted hills of Milpitas, on the southeast shore of San Francisco Bay, were home to the Ohlone Indians for at least 1,300 years before they became a landmark for Spanish padres who rested at nearby Penitencia Creek on the long day s journey between two missions. When the area became a Mexican cattle ranch in 1835 it was called Rancho Milpitas, meaning a thousand flowers or gardens. Later adopted by the town that grew up there, the name accurately described the many farms laid out on rich soil honeycombed with clear springs. The produce of Milpitas, shipped by rail and water, once supplied San Jose and San Francisco, and its hay and grain fed the cities horses. As the agricultural era waned, Milpitas, with its picturesque hills, attracted new residents and industries and is now home to businesses like Cisco and Sun Microsystems."
Author: Robert L. Burrill Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (SC) Published: 12/01/2004 Pages: 128 Binding Type: Paperback Weight: 0.66lbs Size: 9.30h x 6.50w x 0.36d ISBN: 9780738529103
About the Author Burrill, Robert L.: - Robert L. Burrill, Milpitas filmmaker and photography teacher for more than 35 years, has combed the archives of the Milpitas Historical Society, private local collections, and his own works to find more than 200 vintage photographs chronicling the heritage, enterprise, and wit of Milpitas from the 1700s to the present day.