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Encyclopedia > Chemeketa Park, California

Chemeketa Park is an unincorporated community of approximately 150 homes located in Lexington Hills, a Census-designated place in the Santa Cruz Mountains in Santa Clara County, California. The postal designation for Chemeketa Park is "Los Gatos 95033", although it lies approximately five miles South of the official boundaries of the incorporated town of Los Gatos. Lexington Hills is a census-designated place and an unincorporated area located in Santa Clara County, California. ... A census-designated place (CDP) is an area identified by the United States Census Bureau for statistical reporting. ... The Santa Cruz Mountains, part of the Pacific Coast Ranges, are a mountain range in central California. ... Location of Santa Clara County within California. ... Nickname: Motto: Official website: http://www. ...

Nearby communities are Redwood Estates, Aldercroft Heights, and the ghost town of Holy City. Chemeketa Park is accessed off of Highway 17, on Old Santa Cruz Highway along the Big Moody Curve. A street corner in the ghost town of Bodie, California. ... Holy City, California, (ZIP code 95026) is a town situated in the Santa Cruz Mountains in Santa Clara County. ... JUNCTION POSTMILE I-880 SCL 13. ...


Early history

Chemeketa Park was developed in 1925 and 1926 by J.B. Balcomb, a civil engineer from Palo Alto who had acquired a 63 acre orchard in the Santa Cruz Mountains. An advertisement in the Sunday, June 20, 1926 edition of the San Jose Mercury Herald lists a "pre-opening sale" of lots "as low as $50.00." 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... The term civil engineer refers to an individual who practices civil engineering. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... June 20 is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 194 days remaining. ... 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Mercs sections vary by day of the week, but Business, Sports, and The Valley are standard daily fare. ...

Initially, lots were used for vacation cabins. The mountain communities of Chemeketa Park and Redwood Estates, etc., were considered too remote, and too difficult to access, for year-round living. Lots were advertised to Bay Area families as a summer retreat, far from the stress of city living in San Francisco or San Jose. USGS Satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The City by the Bay; The City That Knows How; Golden Mountain (historic Chinese name) Location Location of the City and County of San Francisco, California Coordinates , Government City-County San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Geographical characteristics Area     City 600. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Capital of Silicon Valley Location Location of San Jose within Santa Clara County, California. ...

By the mid-1930s, with the improvement of roads and water systems, many residents began occupying their cabins year-round and combining smaller lots into larger parcels. This article or section is missing references or citation of sources. ...

The Balcomb Family and Chemeketa Park

J.B. Balcomb was killed in an automobile accident in the summer of 1927. His widow and son continued the sale of lots at Chemeketa Park. Balcombs continued to own property in the development until the mid-1960s. 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... The outrageously crowded Woodstock festival epitomized the popular antiwar movement of the 60s. ...

Name Derivation

Chemeketa is a Kalapuya Indian word with various meanings attributed to it, including "resting place," "meeting place," "old home," or "old camping ground." The Kalapuya lived in the area now known as Salem, Oregon. Chemeketa was an original name of Salem and still exists as the name of a community college, a library, and various parks and streets in the Salem and Portland areas. The Kalapuya (also Kalapooian, Calapooya, Calapooia) are a Native American ethnic group that once inhabited the area of present-day western Oregon in the United States and are now part of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon. ... Flag Nickname: The Cherry City Location Location in the state of Oregon Coordinates , Government County Marion County, Polk County Founded 1842 Mayor Janet Taylor Geographical characteristics Area     City 120. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Roses, Stumptown, Bridgetown Location Location in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Coordinates , Government Country State County United States Oregon Multnomah County Mayor Tom Potter Geographical characteristics Area     City 145. ...

When J.B. Balcomb and his wife emigrated from the mid-West to California, they first stopped through eastern Oregon where they most likely heard the name. The Native American theme is present throughout Chemeketa Park with street names including "Comanche Trail," "Oglalla Warpath," "Apache Trail," and "Navajo Trail." Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Official language(s) None Capital Salem Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 9th  - Total 98,466 sq mi (255,026 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 2. ...


Chemeketa Park lies in the unincorporated area of Santa Clara County. Districts for local elected representatives are:

  • 1st Supervisorial (County)
  • 15th Congressional (US)
  • 21st Assembly (CA)
  • 15th Senate (CA)

Most of the roads within Chemeketa Park are considered private, and are not maintained by the County. The water system is also privately owned by the community and draws from natural sources and creeks within the Santa Cruz Mountains.

The Chemeketa Park Mutual Water Company was incorporated in 1929. Each property owner is a member and shareholder in the water company and may take part in its management. A five-member board is elected from the membership at an annual meeting each Spring. Board members, who are not paid for their service, meet monthly, with meetings open to all members. 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ...

The board is responsible for hiring the water master and bookkeeper and maintaining the roads. Each property owner pays a set fee each month for water and roads. Additionally, the water company owns and maintains a clubhouse that is used for meetings and community events. A separate volunteer group organizes the events, such as bluegrass music concerts and family picnics. Individual members may also arrange to use the clubhouse for private events. Bluegrass music is considered a form of American roots music with its own roots in the English, Irish and Scottish traditional music of immigrants from the British Isles (particularly the Scots-Irish immigrants of Appalachia), as well as the music of rural African-Americans, jazz, and blues. ...

External links

  • Chemeketa Park Mutual Water Company



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