Campbell was named after Benjamin Campbell who had moved here from Missouri. He purchase 160 acres of land in 1851. He farmed the land and grew wheat and had fruit orchards. He built a farmhouse and the old driveway is now what we call Campbell Ave. Twenty years later, other farmers began to buy land and fruit orchards sprang up everywhere. These farmers formed the Campbell Fruit Growers Union so that they could band together and help make the fruit industry stronger. Campbell was known as Orchard City throughout the valley.
With the farmers and fruit growers creating such a demand for Campbell crops, the cannery business boomed and it became the main source of the economy. Many jobs were created from the canneries and the fruit drying business. In fact, the first fruit cocktail was invented here in Campbell, CA. In 1952, Campbell became an official city.
Today, Campbell has a vibrant downtown with many outdoor cafes and restaurants. The nightlife is fun with bars and pubs and live music. Campbell has many outdoor events like the Summer Music Series that starts in mid-June and continues each week for nine weeks. The Pruneyard is also is a fun place to go with outdoor restaurants and movie theater. For outdoor biking and walking the 3 mile trail to Los Gatos Vasona Park is fun.