Circle of Palms Plaza

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The Circle of Palms Plaza is located in downtown San Jose, California. It is composed of a ring of palm trees encircling a California State Seal, and designates the California Historical Marker 461, the site of California's first state capital from 1849-1851.


When California became part of the USA in 1850, San Jose was the second incorporated city of the new state after Sacramento, and the first official state capital of California. A two-story adobe hotel built around 1830 became the first state capitol and hosted the first legislative sessions in 1850 and 1851. This site is now the Circle of Palms Plaza,[1] or California Historical Marker 461.


The Circle of Palms Plaza is a ring of palm trees encircling a California State Seal, located between the Fairmont San Jose Hotel, the KQED building (Silicon Valley Financial Center) and the San Jose Museum of Art.[2][3]

Public activities[edit]

Each Winter, the San Jose Downtown Association sets up an outdoor ice rink called "San Jose Downtown Ice" at the Circle of Palms.[4]

Photo gallery[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Favorite Images, Stories, Trivia - Capital & Capitol History,
  2. ^ "Santa Clara". California State Parks, Office of Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  3. ^ "First State Capitol Building"., the Historical Marker Database. 2007-11-17. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  4. ^ "San Jose Downtown Ice". San Jose Downtown Association. Archived from the original on 2008-04-18. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 

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Coordinates: 37°20′00″N 121°53′23″W / 37.33343°N 121.889627°W / 37.33343; -121.889627