3/15/1895San Jose to San Francisco
FROM SAN JOSE TO SAN FRANCISCO. Proposed Construction of a Magnificent Boulevard Fifty Miles Long. A MACADAMIZED DRIVEWAY. San Mateo County Deeply Interested in the Great Project. Its Inception. A project that in scope, interest and importance is second only to the new valley railroad is just taking life in that rich and promising stretch of foothills and plains that lie between San Francisco and San Jose. It is proposed to build a magnificent macadamized boulevard between the two cities. This project is as striking and taking a one as has been formed in the line of public improvements for many a day. The best thing about the idea is its magnificence and progressiveness. The next best thing about it is the fact that the feeling in its favor and the proba- THE PROPOSED SAN JOSE BOULEVARD. [Sketched by Willis Polk, the architect.] bilities of its realization are so strong that it seems at its inception to have already passed the stage of possibility and become a probability, if not a certainty of the near future. The birth of the scheme is unrecorded. It has sprung up somewhere in that incomparable fifty-mile stretch of God's green earth between the Golden Gate and San Jose which smilingly keeps the gentle waters of the bay from rippling against the picturesque foothills. The project has been the natural result of the stimulant of progressiveness awakened in a region that needed good highways more than anything else. The valley road down the western side of the bay is the next thing to a certainty, and with it a fine boulevard that will draw still more the wealth and population destined to enrich those slopes has sprung up with vigor in a very natural way. Many people living or owning property down that side of the bay are taking a vigorous interest in the scheme, and the papers published in Redwood City, Pan Matao, San Jose and other towns on the route are discussing it approvingly. The Burlingame Club is especially interested, and so are many wealthy Ssan Franciscans whose residences are down that way. The dwellers along the route are enthusiastically in favor of it. The project would involve the expenditure of perhaps $250,000 and the issuance of bonds by the counties of San Mateo and Santa Clara, but so far no voices have been raised against it. In a general way the plan which is fathered by many progressive residents of San Mateo County, is to have a fine roadway, attractive every furlong of its length, extending from Market street in the city clear to San Jose. The only highway now leading downjthe picturesque and inviting stretch of plain south of San Francisco is the San Jose road. A coach, a carriage, a buggy or a bicycle must now travel some miles of cobblestones and dusty streets to fairly reach the country highway. From the cemeteries south the San Jose road now affords an exceedingly attractive drive during certain seasons of the year. When it rains much the San Jose road is muddy except for some short stretches in Santa Clara County where it is macadamized. In summer it is very dusty, except for the short stretches in the same enterprising county, where the road is sprinkled daily. The sections which are macadamized and sprinkled present at all times one of the best drives the world affords. The agitation of the enterprise has been commenced in San Mateo County and habeen taken up in Santa Clara. * The San Mateo idea is to macadamize the San Jose road the whole length of the county according to the latest and most scientific methods of road building. Residents of San Mateo and members of the Burlingame Club have projected a new connection between that old highway and the boulevard of the city. It is proposed to build a new road from Colma wept to about the junction of the county line and the ocean shore, where the highway would connect with the ocean boulevard being built by the Park Commissioners. This would afford a continuous hard driveway over easy grades from Market street out Golden Gate avenue to the park, ocean and the stretch of country to the south. There are other routes by which an improved highway through the city might connect with a macadamized boulevard in San Mateo County. At present one must drive for miles out Mission or Valencia streets and the Mission road to reach a roadway where riding may at any time be called pleasant. San Jose County has displayed far more enterprise in roadmaking thah any county in the State, having built the magnificent road to Mount Hamilton, which affords one of the notable drives of the world. The continuation of the boulevard from the San Mateo County line to San Jose is therefore regarded as an easy project. There is not in California a grander opportunity for a boulevard of that length and description than through the region that skirts the bay on the west. In winter or in summer one quickly leaves and forgets the possible harshness or chill ot the winds and foes of San Francisco and enters a veritable Arcadia. Sunshine is nowhere more soft, airs more exquisitely tempered or rich plains more securely and invitingly sheltered by mountain ranges that inspire by their beauty and picturesqueness. Then for forty miles orchards, vineyards, vast groves of aged liveoaks and villas surrounded by lawns blazing with color delight the eye. Such a ooulevard as is planned would acquire world-wide fame. bo far the project has been to improve the present San Jose road by macadamizing it and planting its sides with palms and other trees. Some who have artistic ideals like those of Willis Polk, which take small note of figures, would like to see an entirely new highway laid out that should forsake the old San Jose road entirely and "wind along the still more picturesque foothill region, which ia now comparatively inaccessible, but which must at some perhaps not distant day contain the most attractive suburban residences south of the city. The plan is not all artistic. There are hard business arguments advanced in favor of the scheme. It is said that the whole suburban region south of the county line is now accessible only by a train service that leaves much to be desired People rarely drive from the city to the south, whereas it is the one natural route for coaching parties, carriage drives and bicycle runs. In nearly all large Eai cities there are attractive driveways fading directlvout of the city to regions of interest. Here if one does not cross the bay he must go south to get out of the city limits. It is argued that a boulevard of this sort would do much to stimulate settlement and to increase the number of visitors and, consequently, the population wealth and revenues. r One of those interested in thp nroippr i« A. L. Fulton of the Fulton ii;o£ Lumber Company of San Mateo. "I think the plan will be carried out, at least m ban Mateo County," he «aid yes terday. The San Jose road v the main highway of the county, and aa far as I have observed the sentiment down there is almost unanimous in favor of it. Threefourths of the population of Ban Mateo County is located between the foothills and the bay, therefore such a measure easily be carried as a county prise. I am heartily in favor of it myself. Next to the new railroad it would do more for San Mateo County than anything else. It would popular!/.'.; that region for suburban residence and multiply many times the number of visitors that would come. It v uuld an\, - tue the whole region, stimulate local ; and in many ways be worth far more than its cost to us. In my opinion there is no grander opportunity on the Pacific Coast for a magnificent and popular driveway." Attorney Harold Wheeler, secretary of the Burlingame Club, is one of the most enthusiastic backers of the project. "It would maKe San Mateo County accessible as a suburban region instead of being shut out from the city except by train," he said in discussing it yesterday. "Why, way back in the 'Ms it used to be the thine to drive down to Gamble's resort j at San Mateo and go out spearing fish. i It was a rough trip— rougher than it is ' now — but people don't go that way now I on pleasure drives. Everybody seems to | be in favor of the scheme and the only i question about it is the burdt i it will place | on the county. Uut it would be no burden. | It has been rouehly estimated that the boulevard could be built clear through I Sail Mateo County, past Colma and by ' a new route to the ocean at the j county line for $175,000. That would not J cost tin- county as much, counting interest j and the amoants necessary for a sinking . fund for twenty years, as" it custs> now to ; keep up bad roads. Last year f?an Mateo ' County .-pent $152,000 in keeping up its roads, and the amount was mainly spent j on the county road, which is no" better | now than it was last year. To bond the ■ county and" build a magnificent boulevard I would cost about $15,000 a year for twenty years. That is about one-fourth of what the county now spends on its roads. The bicycle organizations will quickly take up the enterprise when they are approached, and in fact all chides ol people will favor it. Nothing else would bring so many people into the county." What a magnificent opportunity for coaching such a boulevard* would afford! Henry J. Crocker, president of the Horse Show Association, wants the boulevard. He says that everybody who drives a bugiry or rides a bicycle will want it. "Such a boulevard would stimulate coaching here at once,' he said, "but the 'dudes' would not be the only ones to exjoy it. Everybody who could take a buggy ride would glory in it and it would keep a stream of victors going into the country to the south, besides stimulating residence there. "1 think the three counties ought to unite at once in constructing the boulevard. It would be like a streetcar line. Not everybody would ride the whole length, but plenty of people would be constantly enjoying every portion of it. Out of Chicago, New York and many other Ka.sieru cities there are tine driveways, but we have none here." Willis Polk has for some years had his eye on the artistic possibilities of the j region in question and he would have a boulevard to-morrow if he could. II - is that it should run through the fin.: '•It :^ exactly what 1 have had in mind for several years," he .■-aid yesterday. "It Is really a matter of the greatest "inconvenieaee that »o many desirable country places are entirely dependent upon a single railroad, which, skirting tidewater as it does, leaves the prettiest and healthiest villa sites too remote to be occupied except as farms and ranches. "A boulevard constructed on the plan of the celebrated turnpikes of Kentucky, if laid out from two to three miles west of the railroad, would at once render many magnificent places accessible for country residences. This form of living is rapidly coining into vogue on this coast. Indeed, no other section of this country is so well adapted to country life, and no other form of living so pleasant. "The celebrated 'colonial' homes of Kentucky, Virginia and New England are more than likely to be idealized here, with all the pleasant surroundings that rendered them so enticing to the dames of early days. "Already Burlingame is assuming proportions that absolutely demand the construction of a boulevard. .Redwood, Menlo and i'alo Alto would complete the connection between the city and San Jose. The proposition could not receive enough encouragement, and as a financial investment the increase in real estate values would pay for it many times over." The future of the boulevard mainly awaits the pushing enterprise of ban Mateo County. A Schooner Captain Drowned. It is reported by the steamship Arawa, which arrived yesterday from Honolulu, that Captain Nordberg of the schooner Anna was drowned at Kahului. He was boardin* his vessel at night in a small boat and iell overboard, a heavy sea was running und all attempts to save nim failed, and he whs swept away to disappear in the waves. He Wants Hi* Back Pay. A few years ago John M. McDonald wag employed as clerk by the United .States District Attorney of Helena, Mont., at a salary of $1500 a year. When the sum oi tfl'J37 00 was due him he applied lor his monej , but the Government wouid not pay. He Irou^ht suit against the United States in the Circuit Court of Montana and won. Uncle t?ani still refuses to pay and has carried the case to the United States Circuit Court of Appeals. A Misnion IMaze. A frame dwelling at 131 Twenty-fifth street owned by C. HelHvig and occupied by D Van' drade, was badly damaged by lire last nle'ht. The alarm was sent in irom box 236 at lv 4.d r. v. The origin of the Hie is unknown.