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San Jose, California, renowned today as the heart of the American technology sector, is home to over 1.02 million residents as of 2019. This figure makes it the third-largest city in California by population and the largest in Northern California. It is also the Santa Clara County seat and one of the wealthiest areas in the United States. Visitors and locals alike enjoy the distinctive Mediterranean climate in Silicon Valley’s “capital,” which also has the third-highest GDP in the world, exceeding $1 trillion.
San Jose’s history begins with Spanish settlers arriving on land occupied by the Tamien nation. In 1777, the San Jose area was home to the California territory’s first city, Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe. It became part of Mexico in the early 1820s after the nation won its independence from Spain. It would then be given to the United States government in the late 1840s in the aftermath of the Mexican-American War.
Tech companies operating in the heart of this Silicon Valley city today include:
- Cisco Systems
- Super Micro Computer, Inc.
Other significant names include such companies as Kaiser Permanente, Safeway, Western Digital, Cadence Design Systems, and Target Stores, Inc.
A Brief History of Silicon Valley
San Jose’s technological boom begins with the work of Stanford engineering school dean Frederick Terman. His mentorship of several students at Stanford created students’ tradition of forming technology firms after leaving the university. Future leaders under his tutelage included David Packard and Bill Hewlett. They would later found the tech giant referred to today as HP.
Terman also founded the Stanford Industrial Park in 1951. His other accomplishments include filing 36 patents between 1930 and 1947. He also supported Bill Hewlett’s thesis project, which improved upon then-contemporary designs for audio oscillators. Hewlett’s idea was manufactured after he founded Hewlett-Packard with Dave Packard as the Model 200A Oscillator. Disney engineers used a modified version of this audio oscillator in the iconic film Fantasia.
Several other factors coalesced to create the current prosperous tech sector in Silicon Valley, including:
- The Naval base in Sunnyvale
- The invention and manufacture of the transistor in Silicon Valley
- NASA’s opening at Moffett Field near Fairchild Semiconductor, the only company able to produce the necessary electronics for space capsule construction
San Jose’s Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose got its start as “The Rosicrucian Egyptian Oriental Museum,” a collection curated by Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis (AMORC) founder Harvey Spencer Lewis after receiving ancient Egyptian artifacts from the Egypt Explorations Society of Boston. The first artifact displayed was a small statue of Sekhmet. This lion-headed solar deity was a warrior goddess of healing and a protector of pharaohs.
The current museum was opened by Harvey Spencer Lewis’s son and the second Imperator of the AMORC, Ralph Maxwell Lewis, in 1966. At that point, the museum was the most extensive collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts in the American west.
Past and present exhibitions at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum include the following:
- A traveling “Women of the Nile” exhibit from 2000-2001
- A stone effigy of Cleopatra VII displayed at museums in Chicago, Rome, and London from 2000 to 2002
- An ancient statue of the fertility goddess Taweret
- A replica of a rock-cut tomb that contains scenes from The Book of the Dead based on findings from Rosicrucian expeditions to the burial sites at Beni Hasan
- A recently-established Rosicrucian Alchemy exhibit curated by alchemist Dennis William Hauck that details the seven stages of the alchemical process to create the philosopher’s stone, among other installations
The museum boasts over 100,000 visitors per year and has been a zero-energy building since 2018. The property is also used as a meeting and meditation space for Rosicrucians.
On top of being a well-curated museum dedicated to ancient Egypt, the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum hopes to expand its offerings as the first alchemy museum in the United States. Plans for the world’s largest alchemy museum are to be implemented at the Rosicrucian Park’s Rose-Croix University International building, which contains a functioning alchemy lab.
Can SERVPRO Technicians Restore a Bedroom After a Pipe Leak?
SERVPRO technicians are certified to provide water removal services to San Jose homeowners, including after pipe leaks or appliance failures. Something as simple as a loose or damaged fitting can leak gallons of water into your walls, floors, or ceilings, which can quickly lead to costly repair and replacement expenses.
The team’s restoration process includes the following steps:
- The inspection entails an evaluation of moisture levels on surfaces and behind structural materials to ensure that damage does not spread or continue during the restoration process
- Extraction of moisture is done with portable extraction units. The presence of standing water is uncommon but is addressed with truck-mounted extractors or sump pumps
- Structural drying uses commercial-grade centrifugal air movers in tandem with refrigerant coil or desiccant-based dehumidification to pull moisture out of surfaces and remove it from the air
- Sanitation is primarily performed with proprietary, EPA-registered biocides to prevent bacterial contamination
- Odor control measures like deodorizing granules, pellets, or foggers eliminate the last traces of water damage odors to return a property to its preloss state
Mattresses, bedding, and carpet can typically be cleaned and dried to a preloss state during a clean water situation like a pipe leak. On the other hand, some items, like soggy drywall or damaged ceiling tiles, may require removal and are more cost-effective to replace than repair. Technicians quickly identify potential losses and inform homeowners and insurance adjusters before commencing with the disposal.
SERVPRO of Campbell is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide Faster To Any Size Disaster service when homeowners call (408) 371-4001.