When Sombodyisfromhere.com writes a WikiTravel story he tries to follow two loose rules. The town should be largely unheard of and should have a population of about 20,000 or less. He’s generally trying more to uncover lost gems than provide history lessons.
Los Gatos is somewhat different. It’s a town of 29,413 per Wiki so the population aspect isn’t too much of a stretch, but with such a unique name people sort of have heard of it.
Nevertheless, Somebodyisfromhere.com was curious and curious people need to post new content.
Aside from its fun name, there are other reasons people have heard of Los Gatos.
It is located in the San Francisco Bay Area at the southwest corner of San Jose in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Los Gatos is an established neighborhood in the Silicon Valley. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, Los Gatos ranks 33rd in affluence in the United States.
Ok, so let’s get to the darn cats already!
The name Los Gatos is Spanish, meaning the cats. The name derives from the 1839 Alta California land-grant that encompassed the area, which was called La Rinconada de Los Gatos, (“Cat’s Corner”), where “the cats” refers to the mountain lions and bobcats that are indigenous to the foothills in which the town is located.
Oh, well that makes sense.
Cats might not be for everybody but Los Gatos own website suggests that it might be.
Los Gatos prides itself as a self contained community. Over 3,000 businesses serve the residents and act as a destination point for visitors who are attracted to its restaurants, hotels and variety of shops within a pedestrian oriented downtown setting. The Town is also an inclusive community with the full mix of ages, family sizes and incomes.