Moon Handbooks Silicon Valley

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The first and only guide of its kind, Moon Handbooks: Silicon Valley provides an up-to-date, down-to-earth treatment of the region's diverse towns and cities, from Menlo Park to Gilroy. It also includes cultural and recreational opportunities beyond the urban centers. "Cheek grips the complexities of Silicon Valley, with bang-on information for the visitor or resident." — Zeke Wigglesworth, San Jose Mercury News
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Overview

The first and only guide of its kind, Moon Handbooks: Silicon Valley provides an up-to-date, down-to-earth treatment of the region's diverse towns and cities, from Menlo Park to Gilroy. It also includes cultural and recreational opportunities beyond the urban centers. "Cheek grips the complexities of Silicon Valley, with bang-on information for the visitor or resident." — Zeke Wigglesworth, San Jose Mercury News
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566913706
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Series: Moon Handbooks Travel Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 285
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Geography
Geology and Weather
History 6
Brave New World: Inventing Silicon Valley
The People
How Green Is the Valley?
Special Topics
Just Add Water 5
John Charles Fremont--The Valley's
First Engineer 8
Monkeys Picking Fruit: Thinking Too Different? 10
The Valley Origins of Orchard Supply Hardware 11
The Stanfords 12
Underestimating Technology: Even the Experts Aren't Immune 14
Silicon Vs. Silicone 15
Silicon Valley and the Movies 19
William Shockley--Brilliant Weirdo 21
A User's Guide: The Basics 24
Points of Interest
Entertainment
Recreation
Shopping
Festivals and Events 29
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
Business 37
Major Companies
Real Estate
Tips for the Traveler 48
Weather
Dress
Costs, Money, and Banking
Travelers with Disabilities
Gay and Lesbian Travelers
Hazards
Liquor Laws
Smoking
The Internet: How Wired Is Wired?
Telephone
Postal Service
Media
Medical and Dental Needs
Electricity
Time Zone
Measurements
Transportation 56
Valley Transportation Authority
Trains
Planes
Automobiles
Taxis
Limousines
National Bus Lines
Special Topics
Movers and Shakers: Good Names to Know 25
Fry's: Electronics Store or Theme Park? 28
It's Geek to Me: A Silicon Valley Glossary 36
White House Connections 40
American Dreamers: The Immigrants of Silicon Valley 43
The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth 44
Corporate Humor: A Sampling 46
The Fight Over Luis Maria Peralta's Estate 47
Earthquake! 51
Charley Parkhurst's Secret 57
Gridlock Torment 61
The Cities of the Valley 64
Menlo Park 65
History
Tour
Points of Interest
Palo Alto 75
History
Tour
Points of Interest
Milpitas 86
History
Tour
Points of Interest
Mountain View 94
History
Tour
Points of Interest
Sunnyvale 102
History
Tour
Points of Interest
Santa Clara 111
History
Tour
Points of Interest
Cupertino 121
History
Tour
Points of Interest
Campbell 130
History
Tour
Points of Interest
San Jose 139
History
San Jose Neighborhoods and Districts
Tour
Points of Interest
Galleries
Historic Sites
Parks and Gardens
Activities
Shopping
Entertainment
Sports
Los Altos and Los Altos Hills 189
History
Tour
Points of Interest
Saratoga 197
History
Tour
Points of Interest
Los Gatos 204
History
Tour
Points of Interest
South Valley 214
Morgan Hill History
Gilroy History
Tour
Points of Interest
Special Topics
Venture Capital Row 66
Smashing Atoms at SLAC 70
SRI International 73
Hewlett-Packard: Nice Guys Can Finish First 77
Innovation Central: Xerox PARC 83
L'affaire du Francais Mysterieux, Peter Coutts 84
The Booms and Busts of Alviso 88
The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence 98
Where They Ames for the Stars 100
The Ghost of Martin Murphy Jr. 104
Lockheed Martin--Shooting for the Stars 107
San Jose's Historic Alameda 112
Intel: "Only the Paranoid Survive" 117
Santa Clara's Flying Pioneer 119
The Story of Apple 122
The Valley's Audubon 127
Who Is de Anza? 128
Murder in the Silicon Valley 132
Rough Rider Teddy Plants a Tree in Campbell 134
The Fruit Tycoons--The Valley's First Visionaries 137
James Lick--Accomplished and Eccentric Dabbler 142
San Jose's Chinatowns 146
San Jose's Wild-West Past 149
San Jose's Mexican Heritage Plaza 151
Downtown Redevelopment--The Saga Continues 153
Controversial Coyote Valley 154
The Incendiary Love Letters of General Naglee 156
San Jose's Literary Past (and Present) 158
Owen's Folly 165
The Strangest House in the World 166
The Mines That Helped Save the Union 172
His Historic, Roguish Honor Thomas Fallon 174
San Jose's Lovely Answer to Central Park 177
The Legend of Santa Teresa 179
Opera San Jose 184
The West's Oldest Symphony 185
Wallace Stegner--Dean of Western Writers 191
Hidden Villa 194
The Valley's Expanding Greenbelt 196
Villa Montalvo: A Home Where the Art Is 199
The Holy City of Hilltop Hustler "Father" Riker 206
John Steinbeck in the Valley of Silicon 208
Mountain Charley 211
Ambrose Bierce--The Valley's Cynic 213
Mansions, Mushrooms, and Marilyn Monroe 216
Gilroy's Beneficent Land Baron--Henry Miller 218
Gilroy Hot Springs 220
Breathtaking Goldsmith Gardens 222
Bonfante Gardens 224
Accommodations 226
Campbell
Cupertino
Gilroy
Los Gatos
Menlo Park
Milpitas
Morgan Hill
Palo Alto
Downtown San Jose
Greater San Jose
Santa Clara
Saratoga
Sunnyvale
Special Topics
Lodging Splendor in the Mid-19th Century 232
"Grandma" Bascom's Hospitality 234
Historic Hayes Mansion 236
Fine Dining, Potables, and Nightlife 239
Campbell
Cupertino
Los Altos
Los Gatos
Menlo Park
Milpitas
Mountain View
Palo Alto
San Jose
Santa Clara
Saratoga
South Valley
Sunnyvale
Wineries, Brewpubs, and Nightclubs 255
Wineries
Brewpubs
Nightclubs
Special Topics
Gilroy's Precious Pungent Rose 242
Valley of Heart's Delight: The Dessert 253
Paul Masson's Mountain Winery 257
Mirassou: The Valley's First Fine Winery 260
Resources 267
Suggested Reading 268
Accommodations Index 276
Restaurant Index 277
General Index 279
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