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Dedicated to the Founders of Todos Santos

1994

 
 
Dedicated to the Founders of Todos Santos Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 22, 2009
1. Dedicated to the Founders of Todos Santos Marker
Inscription.  {pictured above on the marker (left to right), Don Fernando Pacheco, 1818-1884; Don Salvio Pacheco, 1793-1876; Don Francisco Galindo, 1820-1891}

In 1868 Don Salvio Pacheco; his son, Don Fernando Pacheco; and his son-in-law, Don Francisco Galindo had 20 acres of land, adjacent to the old Pacheco-Clayton road, surveyed for the village they called Todos Santos. It contained 19 residential and commercial blocks and a public plaza. In 1869 building lots were offered at no cost to former merchants and residents of the nearby town of Pacheco which had been battered by flood, fire, and earthquake. Soon many additional settlers arrived. Among them were immigrants - gold and coal miners, and ranchers who desired to take advantage of the opportunity, the climate, and the ideal location of Todos Santos. By 1869, the village had become known as Concord. It was officially incorporated in 1905. Today the City of Concord is the largest in Contra Costa County.

The original central plaza had been dedicated as a public park by the Founders in perpetuity to the people of Todos Santos. By 1970, the park, also identified as Pacheco Square,
View of Todos Santos Plaza (Marker visible on base of the flagpole) image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 22, 2009
2. View of Todos Santos Plaza (Marker visible on base of the flagpole)
The plaza is about 2.5 acres. According to the Concord Historical Society's Historical Walking Tour Guide, the plaza's 1993-1994 renovation was the square's seventh major renovation.
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had been formally designated Todos Santos Plaza. Many varieties of trees and flowers -- especially the very popular wisteria -- have been grown in the plaza. A bandstand, two naval cannons, a perimeter redwood pergola, and a library have also been located here. This plaza continues to be the focus of our community's social events, celebrations and festivals.

Todos Santo Plaza is designated Concord Historical Landmark
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Concord Redevelopment Agency • Concord Historical Society
 
Erected 1994 by Concord Redevelopment Agency and the Concord Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Hispanic AmericansNotable Places. A significant historical year for this entry is 1868.
 
Location. 37° 58.615′ N, 122° 2.013′ W. Marker is in Concord, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is on Willow Pass Road near Grant Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Concord CA 94520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Perry House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Fire Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bibber House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Neustaedter House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Alves House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Barnett House (approx.
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0.2 miles away); Elworthy House (approx. ¼ mile away); Bolla House (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Concord.
 
More about this marker. The marker is attached to the base of the flagpole on the Willow Pass Road side of the park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 29, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,945 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 29, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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