San Jose, California: Giant Orange

One of the two last remaining original Frank E. Pohl Giant Orange stands has been a San Jose City Landmark since 1992. Sells hot dogs.

Mark’s Hot Dogs

48 South Capitol Avenue, San Jose, CA
Mark’s Hot Dogs. On the east side of S. Capitol Ave. just south of Alum Rock Ave.
Visible from street. Stand - Su-Th 10am-9pm, F-Sa 10am-11pm. (Call to verify)
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Giant Orange.

Giant Orange

Frank E. Pohl was the father of Giant Orange stands in Northern California and today only two of his original sixteen stands remain. The Giant Orange stands were constructed between the 1930s and the 1950s.

One of the two last remaining original Pohl Giant Orange stands has been a San Jose City Landmark since 1992. Mark's Hotdogs is a functioning Dive-In in San Jose, California's Alum Rock neighborhood located along the busy South Capitol Avenue thoroughfare and famous throughout the valley as a great place to eat. While I was there I met a customer who has eaten at Marks since 1945!

The only other remaining example of the Pohl chain of Giant Oranges is located along the I-80 Freeway corridor in Dixon, California about 80 miles to the North.

[Phil Pasquini, 02/03/2008]

And there is a scattering of a few other large orange-shaped stands from other chains in California.

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