San Jose Wants Willow Glen Trestle Off California’s Landmark List

The city has sent a letter asking the California Historical Resources Commission to reconsider its recent decision to place the Willow Glen Trestle on the state historic register, which could save it from demolition.

The letter, written by city manager Norberto Duenas, argues that state commissioners used faulty information in determining the 95-year-old wooden railroad bridge should be designated a historic structure.

Duenas wrote that the commission should “reverse or alter its prior determination because there is a significant error in the facts, information, and analysis on which the decision was based.”

At the commission’s May 10 hearing in Pasadena, representatives from the city and from a group called Friends of the Willow Glen Trestle presented arguments for and against saving the bridge.

The Friends group last year also had sought to place the bridge on the National Register of Historic Places, but its application was returned after a federal historian declared the trestle’s candidacy for such status wasn’t “sufficiently justified” and its historic significance was “blown out of proportion.”

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