Fun Facts About Gilroy
Gilroy, CA is a great place to live and work. Unless you were born and raised here, you might not know much about this wonderful city.
For instance, you might not realize that Gilroy is known for its garlic crop and even has a Gilroy Garlic Festival each year where you can get fun foods like garlic ice cream and garlic fries. Gilroy is also known for its mushroom crop and boutique wines.
Gilroy has been talked about in many different TV shows such as True Detective and Even Stevens. Interestingly enough, the show Zeke & Luther is set in Gilroy, CA but it’s not based on the actual city.
When you’re looking for something to do in Gilroy, the Gilroy Gardens is a fun place to take the family for an all-day outing and we love Henry W. Coe State Park for a quiet picnic or nature walk.
Notable Gilroy History
Gilroy, CA is named for John Gilroy who was at first just a normal guy on the Isaac Todd ship sent during the War of 1812 to Spanish ports for supplies. Gilroy stayed behind (or was left, depending on the historical source) and eventually married the daughter of Ygnacio Ortega.
When Ortega died, he left his land to his children. Gilroy’s wife received Rancho San Ysidro, and the land was patented to Gilroy under U.S. law. Gilroy was incorporated in 1870, a year after John Gilroy died.