San Jose Sentinels Update

As Reported by Jon Pullman Porter and Matt Vurek

College Park Tower's entire upper
story was charred by the March 
31st fire. Click on the photo for 
another view.

College Park Tower Burns

"...a sad day for San Jose railroad historians."

SAN JOSE, CA On the evening of March 31, 1996, fire broke out in the second story of San Jose's College Park Tower. Flames completely gutted the inside of the building, destroying any hope of saving and removing the structure to a proposed site of for a San Jose railroad museum at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. 

Cause of the fire was not immediately known but it is suspected that transients may have been responsible, as the area is frequented by the homeless. The fire occurred on an evening that was unusually cold for the time of year. When reporter Jon Pullman Porter surveyed the damage the following morning, it was obvious the structure would not survive!

Despite efforts by local railroad historians, Union Pacific razed the remains of College Park Tower in either May or June of 2000. The tower is now conspicuous in its absence!


This document is © Copyright 2000 by Ken Rattenne and KPR Media Services
and was last updated in Sept 2000.