"... experiment has already proved that electricity will propel a street car
better than a gas jet and give more light than a horse."
Ambrose Bierce

Market St. Circa 1905

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Look! Underneath the Electric Light Tower! it's old Gothic City Hall.

City Hall, San Jose's 2nd, was smack dab in the middle of Plaza de Cesar E. Chavez - known previously as Plaza Park.

Ducks crashed into the tower and plummeted to the street below. Some say the fowl were drawn to the bright lights - like moths. Cops favored "the Tower Beat" because ducks could be recovered and sold to local eateries.

Another hazard was the proximity of the tower to saloons. On Saturday night, liquored-up San Joseans tried to climb the tower.

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