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

The Clayton Club

The Clayton Club Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 22, 2009
1. The Clayton Club Marker
Immediately below the Clayton Club Marker is a smaller plaque indicating that the monument was constructed by the Joaquin Murrieta Chapter 13 of E Clampus Vitus.
Inscription. Jacob Rhine's National Saloon had an impressive inventory of cigars and liquor in 1874.
The saloon was renamed after Carl Berendsen bought the property in 1905. He added a building shipped from San Francisco via Martinez for family living quarters.
The Clayton Club survived 1920-1933 Prohibition as a cafe and social club, offering non alcoholic drinks, meals, and entertainment. A six-shooter "kept things honest" at the gaming table.
Jennie and Carl Milano bought the Clayton Club in 1959. In 1996 her daughter Dolores Austin, restored this early Western saloon.
Clayton Historical Society, 2002

Erected 2002 by Juaquin Murrieta Chapter 13, E Clampus Vitus and Clayton Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 37° 56.469′ N, 121° 56.104′ W. Marker is in Clayton, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Morris Street, on the left when traveling west on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6096 Main Street, Clayton CA 94517, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Joaquin Murrieta (within shouting distance
The Clayton Club image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 22, 2009
2. The Clayton Club
of this marker); The Joel Clayton House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Growler Saloon – Goethals Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Clayton (within shouting distance of this marker); The Clayton Post Office (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Black Diamond Way (about 400 feet away); Endeavor Hall (about 500 feet away); De Martini Winery (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clayton.
More about this marker. The marker is mounted on a stone monument sbout 5-6 steps to the right of the front door, in front of the saloon's parking area.
Also see . . .
1. Clayton Club Saloon. The Clayton Historical Society and Museum's history of the Clayton Club. Includes historical photos. (Submitted on November 14, 2009.) 

2. Clayton Club Saloon. The Saloon's own homepage. (Submitted on November 14, 2009.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 14, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,113 times since then and 37 times this year. Last updated on July 30, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 14, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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