Orinda in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Bryant Station Site
The Bryant Station was named to honor Mayor Andrew J. Bryant of San Francisco. Mayor Bryant owned a large farm in Orinda Park, where his beautiful gardens and large outdoor dance floor were the train's main attraction. After 1893, the Orinda Crossroads was popularly referred to as Bryant's Corners.
Location. 37° 52.749′ N, 122° 10.955′ W. Marker is in Orinda, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is at the intersection of Moraga Way and Vashell Way, on the right when traveling south on Moraga Way. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Orinda CA 94563, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Pony Express (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tres Ranchos Del Sur (approx. one mile away); Kennedy Tunnel (approx. 2.3 miles away); The Lawrence 37-Inch Cyclotron (approx. 3˝ miles away); Lafayette Town Hall (approx. 3.6 miles away); Lafayette House (approx. 3.6 miles away); Dedicated to the Pony Express (approx. 3.6 miles away); Geils Building (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orinda.
More about this marker. The marker is mounted on a low rock between two pine trees about 4 feet in from the curb. The rock is located approximately where Moraga Way dead-ends, with Vashell Way splitting off to the right, and a turn-around/alleyway splitting off to the left.
Also see . . . Orinda Historical Society Newsletter of January, 2007. Kent and Teresa Long's Trains in Orinda? provides a history of the California and Nevada Line in Orinda, "...Incorporated in 1881, the “C&N” was led by Captain “Denver” Smith, who had built several successful railroads in Colorado. The line was planned to run from Emeryville, through Berkeley, San Pablo, and present-day Orinda, then extend through the Central Valley, over the Sierra Nevada near Sonora Pass, and terminate in Nevada, where it would connect with the Carson and Colorado (Submitted on November 18, 2009.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 18, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,448 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 18, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.