Dixon Landing Rd. Out, Barack Obama Blvd. In

Milpitas To Honor Former President

KCBS Radio Morning News
September 18, 2019 - 7:37 am
Dixon Landing Road freeway sign

MILPITAS (KCBS Radio) -- A well-known Santa Clara Valley landmark is being renamed in honor of former President Barack Obama.

Dixon Landing Road, named for 19th century landowner Matthew Dixon, will be re-christened "Barack Obama Boulevard" following a 3-2 vote by the Miliptas City Council.

In their joint request to rename the road, Milpitas councilmembers Anthony Phan anbd Bob Nuñez noted that the "roadway leads into the Sunnyhills Community, known as one of America's first integrated communities".

"It's not so much about President Obama the invidual," said Phan, "but more so what he means to the city, the community, and quite frankly to a generation of folks in the Silicon Valley."

The Milpitas Historical Society says Gold Rush arrival Matthew Dixon purchased 600 acres along the Alameda-Santa Clara County line in 1861. The historical society's information about Dixon includes details of the docks he operated on the shore of San Francisco Bay. Flat-bottomed scow schooners loaded hay and grain grown in the Milpitas area.

The last of those scow schooners, the Alma, is now on display at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.