Back in 1933 Brook Hart--son of a wealthy local merchant--was kidnapped and killed. When the alleged perpetrators were caught, the outraged public stormed the jail, dragged them to St. James Park, stripped them naked, and hung them both. An enterprising person took photos of them swinging from the tree and made postcards of it, which sold locally for many years.
It's across the street from what once was SJ's Main Post Office; as well as the original Superior Court Building. There are many historic buildings surrounding the park. The VTA lightrail has stops on both sides of the park.
It was the last place Bobby Kennedy spoke before he was shot in L.A.
As you enter the park, you see signs proclaiming it to be a drug free zone. What irony! It is one of the hottest areas for purchasing drugs in all of San Jose. It's also a camping grounds for many homeless people and their dogs, some of them pitbulls. The SJ Downtown Assoc. has held summer concerts there for a few years, displacing the druggies and homeless for a day. Then they return. It’s their park, man. Many neighborhood parents are afraid to let their kids play there. There was a Senior Center there, but it was demolished several years back. Several attempts to "take back the park" from the drug dealers and derelicts have failed.
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