Historical Walking Tour
Discover the History Behind Los Gatos
Los Gatos is one of the oldest communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, and our downtown business district is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Yet few people are familiar with our town’s legendary past.
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Now you can discover the fascinating – but mostly forgotten – people, places, and events that have shaped Los Gatos over the past 200 years. Just download the free Discover LOST Gatos smartphone app from the Apple App Store or Google Play and take a self-guided, historical walking tour through our unique downtown.
The easy-to-use app includes three separate audio tours. “The Heart Of Los Gatos” is the shortest and most compact walk and should be of special interest to railroad enthusiasts. “Los Gatos: The Gem City” takes you through the historic commercial district and is perfect for those interested in architecture as well as history. “The Cradle Of Los Gatos” highlights our earliest history and includes several important landmarks on the East side of town.
There’s an interactive, GPS-driven map that guides you from place to place. You can walk at your own pace, stop anytime, and pick up where you left off. Each tour lasts from 35-50 minutes and covers 1⁄2 to 3⁄4 mile. You can enjoy the tours virtually if you choose not to walk.
There are over 100 vintage photos from the Los Gatos Library and Museum History Project which have been digitally restored and optimized specifically for this app. You can view these images in context as you listen to the entertaining stories at each location.
Everything has been carefully researched for historical accuracy. The content is educational, certified family friendly, and fun for all ages. Best of all, this app is completely free. There are no ads or annoying pop-up banners for in-app purchases.
Take a walk through history and Discover LOST Gatos today!