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July 07, 2007

Bird of ParadiseLong-time Los Gatos residents might know an interesting old nickname for the town that most of us have never heard of.

What is it?

“Gem City of the Foothills”

Only recently did I hear this moniker while attending May’s Second Annual History Walk in Los Gatos. That day, I heard about the Gem City Laundry, for instance.

The nickname came from the Southern Pacific Railroad, of all places. Apparently it was trying to drum up traffic out our way back in 1924 when it put out quite the PR piece to boost ticket sales!