San Jose is the largest city in Northern California by both population and area. It is known for its innovation, cultural diversity, mild climate, and sunny days. San Jose is one of the wealthiest major cities in the world, with the world’s third-highest GDP per capita and the fifth-most expensive housing market. There is an extensive network of municipal and regional parks. Kelly Park, located along Coyote Creek, houses a zoo, a Japanese garden, and an outdoor museum of restored and replica buildings from early San Jose.
San Jose flourished and developed rapidly in the 1890s. Paul P. Austin became mayor in 1894. The First Unitarian Church, Hall of Records, Associated Charities, Post Office, and several other major infrastructures were also built in the 1890s.
The space used by the San Jose Mercury is on the right and the space used by the Santa Clara Valley Land Agency is on the left. Both spaces are fronted by long counters with men sitting/standing behind them. More men are standing at the rear of the photograph. This office was located at 171 West Santa Clara Street in San Jose. Office space was shared by these two companies for only a few years.