San Ramon in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Business of Running a Farm
Forest Home Farms Historic Park
— Celebrate San Ramon's History —
Forest Home Farms has 14 outbuildings ranging from large barns to outhouses. In front of you are a few of the structures used to help keep the farm running.
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As gas powered vehicles became common, this shop/garage, built around 1890, became a place to work on machinery. One end was a garage for Travis Boone’s 1915 Pierce Arrow car.
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Notice the Granary (on the right in this 1959 photograph) is built with boards that fit tightly together which helped keep rodents out. It was built around 1875, and was made to store grain such as barley to feed the farm animals.
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The gas shed, built around 1930, was used to store fuel for the farm equipment. The shed has metal siding for safety.
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The 1850s barn probably originally housed animals, their feed and horse-drawn equipment. It is built
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These building were equipped with machinery to hull and dry walnuts that were grown throughout the valley and beyond.
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This warehouse dates from the 1930s. It now houses the tractor collection and farm exhibits.
Forest Home Farm Historic Park is on the National Register of Historic Places and the California Register of Historical Resources
The City of San Ramon encourages our residents to enjoy this beautiful park in celebration of our historic past. By acquiring, protecting and maintaining this valuable parkland, the City of San Ramon is preserving for current and future generations natural places where people and other living things can thrive.
Erected by City of San Ramon.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Animals • Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1890.
Location. 37° 44.114′ N, 121° 57.103′ W. Marker is in San Ramon, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker can be reached from San Ramon Valley Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19953 San Ramon Valley Boulevard, San Ramon CA 94583, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Working Together (a few steps from this marker); Sunrise to Sunset (within shouting distance of this marker); Forest Home Farms Historic Park (within shouting distance of this marker); From Horse to Horsepower (within shouting distance of this marker); First People of the East Bay (within shouting distance of this marker); Bounty of the Land (within shouting distance of this marker); The Boone House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Clement Pierre Elissondo (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Ramon.
Also see . . . Forest Home Farms Historic Park.
"Forest Home Farms Historic Park preserves, promotes, collects, interprets and exhibits the agricultural history of the San Ramon Valley."(Submitted on July 13, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 12, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. This page has been viewed 61 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 13, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.