Clayton in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
In 1857 Clayton was founded by Joel Clayton, a miner, farmer, and wagonmaster from England. Coal, copper and quicksilver mines developed nearby, creating a bustling downtown with stage service and a post office established in 1861. When mining declined, farming and ranching prospered, with orchards, vineyards, horses and cattle.
Eventually residential development blended with this historical setting. To preserve its unique identity and rural charm, Clayton incorporated in 1964.
Erected 1992 by Clayton Business & Professional Association (CBPA).
Location. 37° 56.472′ N, 121° 56.15′ W. Marker is in Clayton, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Diablo Street, on the right when traveling east on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Clayton CA 94517, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Clayton Club (within shouting distance of this marker); Joaquin Murrieta (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Joel Clayton House (about 300 feet away); Endeavor Hall (about 400 feet away); The Growler Saloon – Goethals Building (about 400 feet away); The Clayton Post Office (about 500 feet away); De Martini Winery (about 600 feet away); Black Diamond Way (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clayton.
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1. Coal Mining. The early discoveries of gold, quicksilver, copper ore and lime deposits on the slopes of Mt. Diablo never developed into a viable industry. Although it was gold that brought prospectors and miners to California, it was coal that changed the landscape and the socio-economic make-up of the area around Mt. Diablo. (Submitted on October 1, 2012.)
2. Joel Clayton. In 1850, Joel came permanently to California where he engaged in a wide variety of business enterprises, ranging from dairy ranching to mining. (Submitted on October 1, 2012.)
1. Clayton Becomes the Thirteenth City in Contra Costa County - 1964
At 8:00 p.m. Sigrid Frank, a 69 year-old Clayton “old-timer” who was the poll inspector, stepped onto the front porch, rang a brass bell, and in traditional style proclaimed: “Hear ye! Hear ye! Hear ye! The polls are closed.”
Source: Clayton Museum
— Submitted October 1, 2012.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 1, 2012, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 330 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 1, 2012, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.