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UPDATE (7/16/2021): The original link has been removed as the page is not currently available, in it’s place I’ve linked to the archived version of the page found on’s Wayback Machine. Enjoy!

ORIGINAL (9/19/2008):

Did you ever wonder what “Milpitas” means, or the background on “Holy City”? John Casey, a Santa Clara resident, has compiled an interesting bit of local history on John’s Silicon Valley Page. It’s actually two pages of Santa Clara County place name trivia, covering some of the mountains, roads, creeks and changed names in and around San Jose. Enjoy!





  • Mary Pope-Handy

    Silicon Valley Realtor, selling homes in Los Gatos, Saratoga, San Jose, Silicon Valley, and nearby since 1993. Prolific blogger with a network of sites.