Downtown San Jose bicycle race banner

Bike race sign in downtown San Jose, probably 1889. I’m not sure about the track location since it was a cement track.

Bike racing boomed in the late 1880s. Check out this sign from the Garden City Cyclers.

In the heart of downtown San Jose people go about their business on a fine day in September, probably 1889. There was a Native Sons’ event and race on the ninth.

The race may have been at the Agricultural Park, which was at today’s Race Street. Bike races took place there, but it was dirt. Maybe concrete was put down later.

That strange tower soared 200 feet high and brought light to the city at night. It looks bizarre, and it was.

Original photo at the San Jose Library. John C. Gordon photo collection, although he didn’t take the photo.

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