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One of my favorite cities in the Silicon Valley is Campbell.
Campbell was founded by Benjamin Campbell, after whom the city was named. Campbell was officially incorporated as a city in 1952. The city then grew rapidly as orchard lands disappeared tract by tract.
Today, Campbell is a quiet suburban residential neighborhood in the southern part of the Santa Clara Valley.
Little known facts about Campbell:The fruit cocktail was invented in CampbellIn 1975, Mayor Rusty Hammer, at 21, became the youngest mayor ever in the United States. (Rusty recently died at the age of 54, January 28th, 2008 after a long fight with leukemia)Doobie Brother Beginnings! In 1967, Patrick Simmons enrolled at San Jose State College where he pursued a degree in Psychology. He alternated his studies with performances on most weekends. It was during one of these performances in 1969 at the Gaslighter Theater in Campbell, California that's Pat first met Tom Johnston and John Hartman, who were at the time playing in a band with former Moby Grape member and mutual friend Skip Spence. The three musicians, introduced by Skip, began a relationship that would last for over twenty-five years.
Campbell is situated in the southern portion of the Santa Clara Valley. The historic downtown section sits just west of the railroad in the central area. The southwestern area of Campbell is known as the San Tomas neighborhood and varies somewhat from most of Campbell in the size of its lots and styles of housing. Hamilton Avenue is one the northernmost roads in Campbell.
Points of Interest and History
Campbell Museum and Ainsley House
Campbell Chamber of Commerce