Clayton in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Joel Clayton House
Clayton Historical Museum
After his death in 1872 the land was sold and the house had various uses. The Clayton Historical Society acquired it and in 1976 moved it to Main Street, joining it to a house of similar vintage brought from Oak Street.
The Clayton Historical Museum was a Bicentennial project, dedicated December 10, 1978.
Erected 2002 by Clayton Historical Society.
Location. 37° 56.481′ N, 121° 56.092′ W. Marker is in Clayton, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is on Main Street near Morris Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6101 Main Street, Clayton CA 94517, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Joaquin Murrieta (here, next to this marker); The Growler Saloon – Goethals Building (a few steps from this marker); The Clayton Club (within shouting distance of this marker); Clayton (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Clayton Post Office (about Black Diamond Way (about 400 feet away); Endeavor Hall (about 600 feet away); De Martini Winery (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Clayton.
Regarding The Joel Clayton House. From the Clayton Museum Brochure
Joel Henry Clayton was born in Bugsworth, Derbyshire, England, now called Buxworth, in 1812. He came to America in 1837, and was a true pioneer of the West.
He was a mining engineer, trader, prospector, farmer, community developer, and entrepreneur. He first saw what is now Clayton Valley in 1843. In 1853, he bought land and in 1857, began developing his new town of Clayton. Joel died in March 1872, of “quick pneumonia” after exposure in a chilling storm.
Also see . . .
1. Joel Clayton. In 1857, he founded and laid out the town of Clayton, California. Joel and his brothers, Charles and James, became very successful community and businesses leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area. Joel became one of the major landowners in Clayton, and owned an interest in the Black Diamond Coal Mines of Nortonville, CA. (Submitted on October 1, 2012.)
2. The Clayton Jail. The jail is desplayed on the grounds of the Clayton Museum.
The Charge: "Wilfully and maliciously driving his horse at a fast and un- usual rate of speed on the public streets of the Town of Clayton." The Judge's decision, "Wherefore it is by this court ordered and adjudged as a punishment for the offence of fast- driving on the streets of Clayton... that you, the said Defendant—do pay a fine of $30.00 or be imprisoned in the County Jail...until the fine be duly satisfied in the proportion of one day's imprisonment for every dollar of the fine." (Submitted on October 1, 2012.)
1. Joel Clayton House Museum
From the museum brochure:
The main museum building is believed to have been Joel's second home in Clayton. It was built in the 1860s near the confluence of the valley's two main creeks: south of Mt. Diablo Creek and east of Mitchell Creek.
Around 1912, the house was moved to the north side of Mt. Diablo Creek and the Keller family used it as a bunkhouse on their rance. It was presented to the Clayton Historical Society in 1975, and moved to its present location in 1976.
— Submitted October 1, 2012.
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