The bell of the first Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is located in Downtown San Jose, on the campus of San Jose State University. The bell is all that is left of the church, as this location was the site of what locals have dubbed “an act of FSM.”

The church was founded in 1857 by a man named Bob Bobberton. Bobberton was a minister for the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster who set out on a pilgrimage from Minnesota to San Jose, with the goal of converting open-minded individuals along the way as well as establish more churches for CFSM along his path. By 1859, Bobberton had successfully made CFSM the most popular religion in the southern bay area. His disciples went on to spread their beliefs throughout most of California, and by 1865 it was the largest religious sect in the West. From its initial founding in 1857 until around 1914, the church that Bobberton established in the heart of San Jose was a cultural hub that many from around the world came to see and bask in the enormity of the church.

In August 1914 however, tragedy struck. What is known to the locals as “an act of FSM,” a bowl of spaghetti fell from the sky and landed directly on the church, crushing everything except for the bell. Miraculously, no lives were lost and the only damage was to the church. The bell has been preserved in the exact spot which it fell.

Morgan Kilmartin