Keesling's Shade Trees

Keesling's Shade Trees (HMZ6V)

Location: San Jose, CA 95111 Santa Clara County
Buy California State flags at!
Country: United States of America
Buy United States of America flags at!

N 37° 16.388', W 121° 49.826'

  • 0 check ins
  • 0 favorites
The Northern California Black Walnut trees seen along this highway owe their existence to horticulturist Horace G. Keesling of San Jos?. While passing this way by camp wagon on a blistering summer day in 1900, Keesling could find no roadside tree offering enough shade to relieve his sweltering family and horses. Where-upon, he resolved to "plant shade" - at his own expense.

The result was a 30-mile row of trees on each side of the road from San Jos? to Gilroy, a project that Keesling, assisted by his son Hayes, finished in 1911. And except for stretches where urban growth and modern highway construction have demanded removal, these trees still serve the purpose for which they were planted.
HM NumberHMZ6V
Marker NumberSCL-056
Year Placed1985
Placed ByCalifornia Pioneers of Santa Clara County and E Clampus Vitus, Mountain Charlie Chapter No. 1850
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
Sorry, but we don't have a picture of this historical marker yet. If you have a picture, please share it with us. It's simple to do. 1) Become a member. 2) Adopt this historical marker listing. 3) Upload the picture.
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 603691 N 4125813
Decimal Degrees37.27313333, -121.83043333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 16.388', W 121° 49.826'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 16' 23.28" N, 121° 49' 49.56" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)408
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4301-4449 Monterey Rd, San Jose CA 95111, US
Alternative Maps Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap

Is this marker missing? Are the coordinates wrong? Do you have additional information that you would like to share with us? If so, check in.

Nearby Markersshow on map
Check Ins  check in   |    all

Have you seen this marker? If so, check in and tell us about it.

Comments 0 comments

Maintenance Issues
  1. Is this marker part of a series?
  2. What historical period does the marker represent?
  3. What historical place does the marker represent?
  4. What type of marker is it?
  5. What class is the marker?
  6. What style is the marker?
  7. This marker needs at least one picture.
  8. Can this marker be seen from the road?
  9. Is the marker in the median?