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San Jose’s roots run deep throughout the Bay Area and California. San Jose was the first state capitol, played a big role during the gold rush and stakes its claim today as the heart of Silicon Valley. No matter what history piques your interest, you can visit the places and learn more about the events that took root in San Jose and influenced the world. While Silicon Valley is looking to the future with new innovative ideas, glimpses of the past can be found around every corner here. Visit some of our best-known historical attractions and discover stories of San Jose’s rich past.

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