Silicon Valley’s ancestors: a quest beyond tech

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Silicon Valley, booming with innovation, might seem devoid of historical structures. However, the hunt for the “oldest building” unveils the region’s intriguing past. One strong title contender is Mission Santa Clara de Asís, a majestic Spanish mission founded in 1777 that speaks of the area’s religious heritage and role as a center for agriculture. Another contender could be a testament to early settlers like the Ysabel F. Patterson House built in 1867 in Fremont.

Exploring these historical gems offers an insightful glimpse into the lives and landscapes that existed long before Silicon Valley became an iconic global center for technology.

– Erin McIntyre with AI assist*

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