Founded on November 29, 1777, as El Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe, San José was California’s first civilian settlement. San José was also the site of the first state capital. With the booming tech industry in the 1990s, San José earned its moniker as the Capital of Silicon Valley. With more than one million residents, San José is the largest city in Northern California and the 10th largest city in the United States.
The Alviso Historic District, encompassing nine acres and a number of historic structures, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Alviso was first settled in the 18th century and, at one time, was the boating and shipping port of San José, when steamboats traveled regularly to and from San Francisco. The city was consolidated with the City of San José in 1968.