Introduction to Morgan Hill, California
Morgan Hill, California is 19 miles SE of San Jose, California. It's a rural community situated in the southern portion of Santa Clara County and is bordered in the west by the Santa Cruz Mountain Range. The city was originally filled with ranches, orchards and farms, however it has become a bedroom community for Silicon Valley. El Toro is a prominent hill located to the west of the town. The San Andreas Fault and the Calaveras Fault are located in the region and both have produced large earthquakes. The city offers a mild Mediterranean climate. Morgan Hill is home to Ericsson Microelectronics, Anritsu, Intercon Technologies, Hospira Inc. and Alien Technologies.
Morgan Hill History
The Costanoan Indians were the initial inhabitants. In the past, the Morgan Hill area was a major Spanish land grant. In 1845 Martin Murphy acquired the Rancho Ojo de Agua de la Coche. His sons and daughters acquired a large amount of acreage in the area. Diana and Hiram Morgan Hill built an estate known as the Villa Mira Monte. In 1898 a Southern Pacific station was established. The community was known as Huntington, however the name was changed to Morgan Hill due to numerous train passengers asking the train to be stopped at "Morgan Hill's Ranch."
The first school was constructed in 1894. By the 1920's agriculture was thriving, including the production of prunes, pears, apples, peaches, apricots, walnuts and almonds. The vineyards were flourishing until Prohibition caused the production of the vineyards to temporarily cease. During the 1970's the city experienced substantial growth as a residential community for Silicon Valley.
Morgan Hill Attractions
- Morgan Hill Museum
- Mushroom Madri Gras Festival
- The Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center
- Taste of Morgan Hill
- Friday Night Music Series
- Gallery Morgan Hill
Morgan Hill Activities
The area includes a large number of parks for recreational activities. Anderson Lake County Park is nearby. The vast Henry Coe State Park is the largest state park in Northern California. It features high ridges and canyons, an abundant amount of wildlife and is available for hiking, mountain biking and picnics. The Morgan Hill Aquatic Center is a popular destination. Golfers enjoy the region's quality courses including the Coyote Creek Golf Club and the Eagle Ridge Golf Club.
The area's wineries are popular tourist destinations. The well known Gilroy Garlic Festival is nearby. A wide variety of activities and entertainment are available in close by San Jose. The popular Paramount's Great America is located in the region. The Santa Cruz beach is about 45 miles away. The Mount Maddona County Park is popular for hiking.
Morgan Hill Transportation
Air travel is available at the San Jose International Airport. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority offers local bus and express bus service to nearby San Jose and Sunnyvale. Caltrain offers weekday commuter rail transportation to Santa Clara Valley and the San Francisco Peninsula.
Morgan Hill Higher Education
San Jose State University is nearby.