“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Antioch in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Somersville Townsite

Somersville Townsite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 1, 2016
1. Somersville Townsite Marker
Captions: (top left) Families gather at the Pittsburg Hotel, Somersville, circa late 1890s.; (bottom left) Somersville looking west, 1878 and Rose Hill Cemetery can be seen on the top right of the photograph>; (bottom center) Somersville basin, circa 1900; (top right) Damiano family, Somersville, circa 1906; (middle right) Sam Brown's store, Somersville; (bottom right) Somersville school children, circa 1900.
Inscription. From the mid-1850s to the early 1900s, this was the site of an active coal mining town. Somersville was one of five towns that existed during the mining boom of the Mt. Diablo Coal Field. At the peak of operation, it is believed that Somersville and nearby Nortonville were the largest communities in Contra Costa County. Approximately 900 people were supported by Somersville's five coal mines: the Pittsburg, Union, Independent, Manhattan, and Eureka.
Coal was carried by rail from the mines to Pittsburg Landing on the San Joaquin River, and from there by riverboat to markets in San Francisco, Stockton, and Sacramento.
By the late 1800s, mines began to close due to increased production costs and competition from higher quality Washington Territory coal. The town of Somersville slowly died.
Mine waste rock piles, exotic trees planted by residents, and Rose Hill Cemetery are all that remain.
Erected by East Bay Regional Park District.
Location. 37° 57.46′ N, 121° 51.833′ W. Marker is near Antioch, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker can be reached from Somersville Road. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5175 Somersville Road, Antioch CA 94509, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
Somersville Townsite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 1, 2016
2. Somersville Townsite Marker
Rose Hill Cemetery is in the background.
markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mount Diablo Coal Field (within shouting distance of this marker); Independent Mine (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Greenhouse Portal (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sidney Flat (approx. one mile away); Black Diamond Way (approx. 4 miles away); The Growler Saloon – Goethals Building (approx. 4 miles away); The Clayton Post Office (approx. 4 miles away); The Joel Clayton House (approx. 4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Antioch.
More about this marker. This marker is located south of the parking lot on the Somersville Trail in Black Diamond Regional Park,
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 125 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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