Last year, BAGH developed this special ghost walking tour of Downtown San Jose for the 76th World Science Fiction Convention (aka Worldcon 76) because there is no professional company offering one. There still isn’t, so for those who missed it or would like to see the sites a second time, here’s another chance to do it again.
San Jose was founded in 1777 when the original Mexican pioneers were sent to Santa Clara County to produce food for the presidios of San Francisco and Monterey. Many settled around the Guadalupe River, which is not far from today's convention center, making it the oldest part of town. Since then, the city has seen, among other things, the Bear Flag Revolt, the heartbreak of the redistribution of land after the USA took possession of California, the loss of becoming the state capitol, the burning of Chinatown on Market Street, the Hart Lynching and the transition of the valley from Heart's Delight to Silicon.
Deb and I have plotted our route and continue researching our script in developing the tour. The tour covers about 1.5 miles. We start at Boccardo Gate on Fourth Street and San Carlos and end at Trials Pub, so we can socialize afterward.
This is Downtown San Jose’s first ghost walking tour and hope BAGH members who missed it last year can join us for a seasonal celebration.
It’s worth bringing a bottle of water. Since predicting the weather can be hard, please consider taking a sweater. Temperatures around the Bay Area have a tendency to drop when the sun goes down even on the hottest days. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
Cost of the tour is $15.00 in advance, $20.00 "at the door," if space is still available. PLEASE NOTE THE RSVP DEADLINE IS 11:59 P.M., OCTOBER 25. This is being done as a fundraiser for BAGH, which is a non-profit organization.