Monday, September 09, 2013

North Willow Glen History Part 3 of 15: The 1890s

Up to now, what we know today as Bird Avenue was called "Lincoln Avenue" and it only ran as far south as the present-day intersection with Coe, when it turned west (following the path of Coe today) and continued south again on present day Lincoln. Sometime in the 1890s, Bird Avenue was extended down to Willow and beyond, and the grand Victorian house at Bird and Snyder was built (along with another one closer to Willow). This house became the residence of the Wolfe family; F.D. Wolfe was a noted architect in San Jose during the early 1900s.
Leading up to the September 21st Willow Glen Founders Day Parade on Lincoln Avenue, NWGNA is providing readers with history about the evolution of our neighborhood, largely excerpted from Ken Ecklund's North Willow Glen Neighborhood Association Page.

We view this as our history and encourage you to share. Stories and photos of North Willow Glen are very welcome and with your permission and credit we would like to archive this information to improve our understanding of life in our neighborhood throughout the years. Please post here or reach us via e-mail at

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