History and Facts
San Jose was named Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe in the name of Charles the Third of Spain. In 1846, the American flag was first flown over the community. San Jose was the first civilian settlement in California. It was also the first city in California to be incorporated. It was the first state capital before California was officially a state. In 1849, on December 15th, the first state legislature was assembled in San Jose.
The founding of San Jose: 1777
The incorporation date of San Jose: 27 March 1850
In celebration of the centennial of the California Gold Rush and statehood in 1949, the City of San Jose constructed a replica of the building in which the first state legislature met in 1850. This replica was later moved to the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, and historical collecting began in earnest under the direction of Clyde Arbuckle, an unpaid City Historian. In 1971 twelve acres at the south end of the city's largest park were dedicated to a history museum designed as a replica Victorian village.