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Clayton in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Endeavor Hall

 
 
Endeavor Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 30, 2012
1. Endeavor Hall Marker
Inscription. The Methodist Episcopal Church built this hall in the 1860ís for worship, education, and fellowship.

The Congregation Church Christian Endeavor Society acquired the property in 1896. After Congregation services ended in 1916, volunteer trustees maintained the hall for community use.

Citizens voted to incorporate Clayton at an election here in 1964. The city met here until 1995.

Trustees deeded the property to the city after the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. Clayton redevelopment funds restored Endeavor Hall with expanded facilities in 2001.
 
Erected 2001 by Clayton Historical Society.
 
Location. 37° 56.427′ N, 121° 56.199′ W. Marker is in Clayton, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Center Street and Oak Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Clayton CA 94517, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Clayton (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Clayton Club (about 500 feet away); Joaquin Murrieta (about 600 feet away); The Joel Clayton House (about 600 feet away); The Clayton Post Office
Endeavor Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 30, 2012
2. Endeavor Hall Marker
(about 700 feet away); The Growler Saloon – Goethals Building (about 700 feet away); De Martini Winery (about 800 feet away); Black Diamond Way (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Clayton.
 
Also see . . .  Endeavor Hall. The Methodist Church built what is now Endeavor Hall in the 1860s on land probably donated by Joel Clayton. (Joelís wife, Margaret, was a member of the Methodist Church.) The church was built of wood with a rock foundation. In the early years, circuit riding preachers linked the small rural community of Clayton with Martinez, Antioch and the coal mining town of Somersville. (Submitted on October 1, 2012.) 
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Notable Buildings
 
Endeavor Hall image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 30, 2012
3. Endeavor Hall
The Brass Bell image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle
4. The Brass Bell
On March 3, 1964 the election was held to decide if Clayton would incorporate and become Contra Costa County's thirteenth city.
Sigrid Frank, a 69 year-old Clayton “old-timer” who was the poll inspector, stepped onto the front porch, rang this brass bell, and in traditional style proclaimed: “Hear ye! Hear ye! Hear ye! The polls are closed.”
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 232 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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