|The Corn Palace, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara CA|
“The one good thing about the Silicon Valley parking lot commute mornings and evenings on Lawrence Expressway is this small open-air structure with fresh produce in front of a backdrop of acres of corn,” Daniel Hindin writes in Sunnyvale’s Sun news article, Way We Were – Corn Palace in 2000.
Joe and Ben Francia co-owned this 20-acre farm along with farm land in Mountain View and in the Salinas Valley. At 80 years in the year 2000, the Francia Brothers recall the history and growth of our area in this article. Even with many offers on this golden piece of real estate in Silicon Valley, neither one considered giving up life as they knew it. It was in 2005 – 2007 when one of the brothers passed away that a family decision overrode the other brother to keep their wishes and not let go. And, it appears there were ill feelings about this.
The new residential buildings get closer.
|Progress ... in Silicon Valley|
The gentleman told his story of this history word for word (before I read the article) as if it just happened.
I also found this short video taken in the actual fields behind the building with excellent commentary of this area.
Corn Palace Video is below.
What is your favorite story of yesteryear?
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Let's salute The Corn Palace –Sunnyvale, CA. One of our last acres of agriculture in Silicon Valley ~ The Fun Tour Guru
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