Agnew's Village, California

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Coordinates: 37°23′38″N 121°57′29″W / 37.394°N 121.958°W / 37.394; -121.958

1953 USGS map showing "Agnew", where Agnew Rd. crosses the Southern Pacific railroad track that runs parallel to Lafayette Ave., Santa Clara, California

Agnew's Village, California (or Agnew, California) was a small unincorporated village in what is now Santa Clara, California. It was named for Abram Agnew, a Santa Clara Valley pioneer from Ohio who settled there around 1873.[1][2][3]

South Pacific Coast Railroad depot, in what was once Agnew's Village

Agnew donated 4 acres (1.6 ha) of land for a South Pacific Coast Railroad station and laid out the town, causing the station and town to be referred to as "Agnew's".[2] The railroad depot is still standing.

Agnew's land appears on 1877 maps, opposite Lick Mill, a paper mill operated by James Lick.[2] Agnew's Village was annexed into Santa Clara in the mid 1980s.[4]

The Agnew name lives on in Agnew Park in Santa Clara,[2] as well as Agnews Developmental Center,[1] the western campus of which was located in Agnew's Village. The campus has since been turned into the Rivermark community and an R&D campus for Oracle Corporation (formerly the headquarters for Sun Microsystems). The latter includes the 14.5-acre (5.9 ha) Agnews Historic Park.[5]


  1. ^ a b William Bright; Erwin Gustav Gudde (30 November 1998). 1500 California place names: their origin and meaning. University of California Press. p. 10. ISBN 978-0-520-21271-8. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Residents Share Stories About Santa Clara, City of Santa Clara
  3. ^ Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Word Dancer Press. p. 591. ISBN 978-1-884995-14-9. 
  4. ^ Decision to fix Santa Clara roads a close call, San Jose Mercury News, June 29, 2007
  5. ^ "City of Santa Clara, California : Parks". City of Santa Clara, California. Archived from the original on 8 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-07.