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

San Ramon's Pioneers

Ramona Park

— Celebrate San Ramon's History —

Ramona Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 2, 2020
1. Ramona Park Marker
San Ramon's Pioneers

American pioneers first came to San Ramon in 1850 when Leo and Mary Jane Norris purchased 4,450 acres of land from Jose Amador's Rancho San Ramon. Other early landowners were William and Mary Lynch, James and Elizabeth Dougherty, and Samuel Russell, who was the first owner of Forest Home Farms. Some other early pioneer families are remembered because their names grace various hills, canyons and streets. These include Norris, Lynch, Bollinger, Crow, Meese, Harlan, Glass, McCamley and Wiedemann.

You can learn more about San Ramon's history by visiting Forest Home Farms, the City's 16-acre historic park that is on the National Register of Historic Places. It's located at 19953 San Ramon Valley Boulevard.

Hub of Activity: In the 1860s San Ramon village was a hub of community activity. A stage line ran from San Ramon through the valley to Oakland. There was a blacksmith shop, a church was dedicated in 1860, a general store was built in 1863, and the San Ramon School in 1867.

Agriculture: In 1895 attorney Thomas Bishop acquired 3,000 acres of Norris land.

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The Bishop Ranch raised cattle and sheep and was planted in hay, grain, diversified fruit crops and walnuts. At one point the ranch possessed the world's largest single orchard of Bartlett pears.

Erected by City of San Ramon.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1850.
Location. 37° 44.957′ N, 121° 53.203′ W. Marker is in San Ramon, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker can be reached from Balmoral Way. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Ramon CA 94582, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. History of Ramona Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Fire Truck Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Antone School (approx. 1.3 miles away); Iron Horse Regional Trail (approx. 2 miles away); 1943 Fleet City 1946 (approx. 3.3 miles away); The Glass House 1932 - 1998 (approx. 3.6 miles away); The Glass House (approx. 3.6 miles away); Harnessing the Wind (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Ramon.
More about this marker. The marker is in the eastern half of Ramona Park, under a tree by the children's play area.
Also see . . .  History of San Ramon (City of San Ramon). (Submitted on September 3, 2020.)
Ramona Park Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 2, 2020
2. Ramona Park Marker - wide view
Inset photo: <i>San Ramon General Merchandise Store</i> image. Click for full size.
3. Inset photo: San Ramon General Merchandise Store
In 1911 Henry C. Hurst stands in front of his store, which sold everything from clothing to tools to groceries. People came for their mail and enjoyed a chance to meet with their neighbors.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 3, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. This page has been viewed 159 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 3, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California.

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Jun. 4, 2023