Historic Hardware Sign Vanishes

Matt Bigler
November 07, 2018 - 1:56 pm

SAN JOSE — The historic Orchard Supply Hardware sign that stood for nearly 70 years outside of the San Jose location has disappeared. 

Preservationists are hoping to find the relic from the oldest OSH. KCBS Radio's Matt Bigler investigated and found a witness who claimed to see a team of workers removing it. 

The witness, a homeless man who lives near the sign's pole, said that the workers came about three days ago in a truck with a lift

"They sat there for quite a while, over half hour.," said the man, who declined to share his name. "It's a big sign. They must have taken it."

Google, which owns the property, said it would like to see the sign returned. Loew's, which owns Orchard Supply Hardware, didn't respond to KCBS Radio's inquiries.

"My heart is just broken," said Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager, a vocal supporter of protecting Silicon Valley's historic signs. "So much of the history of San Jose has just been stolen by somebody."