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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Contra Costa County, California

Clickable Map of Contra Costa County, California and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Contra Costa County, CA (384) Alameda County, CA (434) Marin County, CA (141) Sacramento County, CA (304) San Francisco County, CA (580) San Joaquin County, CA (78) Solano County, CA (95) Sonoma County, CA (126)  ContraCostaCounty(384) Contra Costa County (384)  AlamedaCounty(434) Alameda County (434)  MarinCounty(141) Marin County (141)  SacramentoCounty(304) Sacramento County (304)  (580) San Francisco City and County (580)  SanJoaquinCounty(78) San Joaquin County (78)  SolanoCounty(95) Solano County (95)  SonomaCounty(126) Sonoma County (126)
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    Marin County (141)
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    San Francisco City and County (580)
    San Joaquin County (78)
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    Sonoma County (126)
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1California (Contra Costa County), Alamo — 15 — Alamo Grammar School
Original Site of the Alamo Grammar School The first school was constructed on this site in 1876 and was destroyed by fire. The second school was built in the 1880s and included a bell tower. The third was built in the 1940s and served as . . . Map (db m152685) HM
2California (Contra Costa County), Alamo — Original Alamo School Bell
Used from about 1880 to 1940 in the second Alamo school building which stood at the east side of Danville Blvd. near Stone Valley Road.Map (db m154889) HM
3California (Contra Costa County), Alamo — Site of the J.M. Jones House — (former Francisco Garcia Adobe)
John M. & Mary Ann Smith Jones, lived at this location from 1851 - 1866. They came out west in a prairie schooner. Here John opened the only post office between Martinez and Mission San Jose on May 18, 1852. Mary Ann was his deputy while her . . . Map (db m93991) HM
4California (Contra Costa County), Alamo — Stone Valley
Squire Silas Stone emigrated with his family from Iowa in 1853 and settled half mile east of this marker. The pioneer's home stood nearby until 1957. His son Albert eventually expanded the ranch to 800 acres and gave the family name to the present . . . Map (db m93667) HM
5California (Contra Costa County), Alamo — The Railroad Put Alamo on the Map
IN THE LATE 19TH CENTURY, local farmers, ranchers and businessmen began to campaign for a railroad into the San Ramon Valley. This plan came to fruition in 1890 when the Southern Pacific RR started construction of its San Ramon Valley line. The . . . Map (db m153307) HM
6California (Contra Costa County), Alamo — The Tatcan People
For untold centuries people have lived in the San Ramon Valley. They built their homes by the creeks, hunted in the valleys and worshipped in the mountains. In the 1700's the Tatcan, Bay Miwok speaking people, lived in the watershed of the . . . Map (db m153086) HM
7California (Contra Costa County), Alamo — Whitegate Farm
Since 1856 Built by Charles and Nathaniel Howard Owner Ray L. Donahue Map (db m93990) HM
8California (Contra Costa County), Antioch — Antioch High School Cupola
Upon the closing of Riverview Union High School in the fall of 1931, Live Oak (later to become Antioch Unified) School District opened a new high school on D Street. This cupola, which at the time had a Mayflower weathervane atop, was placed . . . Map (db m93603) HM
9California (Contra Costa County), Antioch — Birthplace of Antioch
This Plaque commemorates the arrival of the first settlers in Antioch. September 16, 1850 Led by Captain George W. Kimball the party sailed from Maine aboard the California Packet No.2 March 1850 And reached San Francisco Bay August . . . Map (db m37593) HM
10California (Contra Costa County), Antioch — City of Antioch War Dog Memorial
You protected us on the field of battle. You watched over our eternal rest. You will not be forgotten. We are forever grateful. Dedicated in memory of Specialist 4th Class George D. (Doug) Deitrick and his scout dog, Egor (75IM), . . . Map (db m93604) WM
11California (Contra Costa County), Antioch — F & AM - Antioch-Brentwood Lodge #175 Building
This plaque commemorates 140 continuous years of Masonry in Antioch and the 100th anniversary of this building. The building was constructed as the Belshaw Theater in 1905. It was purchased by the Antioch Masonic Lodge in 1923 and modified to serve . . . Map (db m37579) HM
12California (Contra Costa County), Antioch — Greenhouse Portal — A Hidden World Awaits
Take a moment and gaze down the Greenhouse Portal, your entrance into vast underground spaces filled with an intriguing human and geologic history. What was once the ocean floor provided raw materials (silica sand) for glass making during the early . . . Map (db m93629) HM
13California (Contra Costa County), Antioch — Independent Mine
These stones and bolts are the remains of the Independent Shaft hoist works. The depression to your right marks the location of the 710-foot sealed shaft, the most northerly mine entry on the Mt. Diablo Coal Field. The boiler attached to the bolts . . . Map (db m93610) HM
14California (Contra Costa County), Antioch — July 4, Anno Domini, 1951
This city was named 100 years ago for Antioch in Syria were the disciples of Jesus Christ were first called Christians. -- (Acts 11:26) Today we rededicate ourselves to him in grateful memory of our founding fathers who envisioned a city and a . . . Map (db m93607) HM
15California (Contra Costa County), Antioch — 932 — Mount Diablo Coal Field
From 1860 to 1906, this area was the largest coal mining district in California. Five towns (Nortonville, Somersville, Stewartville, Judsonville and West Hartley) grew up around twelve major mines. Today the towns are gone. The buildings having been . . . Map (db m139449) HM
16California (Contra Costa County), Antioch — Riverview Union High School
This was the first high school constructed in Contra Costa County. Supported by the Womans Club of Antioch, the first joint communities bond was passed in 1908 for $20,000 by Antioch, Pittsburg, Somersville, Nortonville and Live Oak. Charles . . . Map (db m91845) HM
17California (Contra Costa County), Antioch — Sidney Flat
This area was the original site of the coal mining town of Somersville. The town was located here because of the availability of good drinking water. When the railroad arrived in 1866, water could be hauled from the San Joaquin River and the town . . . Map (db m93608) HM
18California (Contra Costa County), Antioch — Somersville Townsite
From the mid-1850s to the early 1900s, this was the site of an active coal mining town. Somersville was one of five towns that existed during the mining boom of the Mt. Diablo Coal Field. At the peak of operation, it is believed that Somersville and . . . Map (db m93628) HM
19California (Contra Costa County), Antioch — The Cannery Lady
In the early 19th century many canneries operated throughout California. The rich agricultural and fishing areas of east Contra Costa County hosted a number of canneries and packing sheds. The picturesque Antioch waterfront was home to two canneries . . . Map (db m18292) HM
20California (Contra Costa County), Antioch — The McCoy Cook House
This little house built by the McCoy's in 1861, at their ranch on the side of Kirker Pass, served as their first home. As time passed and the ranch became established, a much larger farmhouse was built for the family. It was then that the 2 room . . . Map (db m93574) HM
21California (Contra Costa County), Antioch — The Woman's Club of Antioch
Eleven women founded the Woman's Club of Antioch in February, 1902. They pledged to "improve and beautify the town, to do any business which shall promote the educational, industrial, benevolent, social or political welfare of its members or the . . . Map (db m93605) HM
22California (Contra Costa County), Brentwood — Byer/Nail House
This house, which serves as the museum for the East Contra Costa Historical Society, was originally built by Johnson and Elizabeth Fancher in 1878. In the early 1880's the Fanchers sold the house and surrounding acreage to John and Letitia Byer. In . . . Map (db m94652) HM
23California (Contra Costa County), Brentwood — John and Abby Marsh — In Memory of
Builders of the stone house 1856 Abby Marsh died August 1855 John Marsh first doctor in California arrived 1836 Born 1799, Murdered Sept. 24 1856 Map (db m94654) HM
24California (Contra Costa County), Brentwood — Site of Historic Brentwood Hotel
In 1884 the 1st Brentwood Hotel was built on this site. It was an ornate two story wooden structure in the Victorian style of architecture, with wood sidewalks, columns and a 2nd floor balcony. It was destroyed by a fire set by a dismissed employee . . . Map (db m94653) HM
25California (Contra Costa County), Byron — Byron — Est. 1878
At this location, in 1878, a railroad station was established for the San Pablo and Tulare Railroad, which ran from Los Banos to Martinez, later to become part of the Southern Pacific Railway, for the purpose of taking on water, and became known as . . . Map (db m17325) HM
26California (Contra Costa County), Clayton — Black Diamond Way
In 1892 Contra Costa County named Black Diamond Way, and maintained it as a road until 1982. (Locally it was also known as "Nortonville Road".) Black Diamond Way became part of Black Diamond Mt. Diablo Regional Trail in 1985. Black Diamond . . . Map (db m27431) HM
27California (Contra Costa County), Clayton — Clayton
Miwok Indians inhabited this valley at the base of Mt. Diablo when Spanish explorers came in the 1770’s. Scouts, trappers, prospectors and settlers followed. In 1857 Clayton was founded by Joel Clayton, a miner, farmer, and wagonmaster from . . . Map (db m59954) HM
28California (Contra Costa County), Clayton — Clayton Cash Store
The history of this property dates to 1858, when George Chapman built and operated a two-story hotel with an apartment on a third floor. It was the site of Clayton's first Post Office. Following a fire in 1864, a new building was constructed in 1867 . . . Map (db m150415) HM
29California (Contra Costa County), Clayton — De Martini Winery
Paul De Martini built Clayton Vineyards Winery in 1885 on land formerly owned by Joel Clayton, the area’s first vintner. An Austrian stone mason directed construction, using stone quarried on Mount Diablo and hauled here by wagon teams. This was the . . . Map (db m60033) HM
30California (Contra Costa County), Clayton — Endeavor Hall
The Methodist Episcopal Church built this hall in the 1860’s for worship, education, and fellowship. The Congregation Church Christian Endeavor Society acquired the property in 1896. After Congregation services ended in 1916, volunteer trustees . . . Map (db m59972) HM
31California (Contra Costa County), Clayton — History of Marsh Creek Springs
Founded in 1927 by Gerald (Jerry) Gill and family, the park consisted of four picnic sections, over forty acres, four baseball diamonds, two swimming pools, a wading pool for children, large dance hall and two snack bars. At one time the grounds . . . Map (db m94663) HM
32California (Contra Costa County), Clayton — Joaquin Murrieta
Born in Mexico in 1832 the renowned "Robin Hood of the El Dorado" spent his early days in Californa working in Contra Costa County as a vaquero before turning bandit. Dedicated By Joaquin Murrieta Chapter No. 13 E Clampus Vitus November . . . Map (db m24567) HM
33California (Contra Costa County), Clayton — Keller Ranch
As early as 2000 BC, this area was home to the Volvon Miwok Native Americans. Many artifacts of their lifestyle were found when American settlers arrived in the 1800s. Under the Homestead Act between 1862 and 1872, Clayton's founder, Joel Clayton . . . Map (db m150414) HM
34California (Contra Costa County), Clayton — Old Marsh Creek Springs
This area in the mid 1850s, was a known hideout for legendary bandit Joaquin Murrieta, who worked as a vaquero for John Marsh on his rancho just east of here. It was also frequented by John "Grizzly" Adams, famed California mountain man. In 1927 . . . Map (db m94657) HM
35California (Contra Costa County), Clayton — The Clayton Club
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 . . . Map (db m57976) HM
36California (Contra Costa County), Clayton — The Clayton Post Office
The Clayton Post Office, established on October 4, 1861, is one of the oldest post offices in continuous operation in California. Ensuring its continuation in Clayton was one reason for incorporating the city in 1964. During the past 140 . . . Map (db m24534) HM
37California (Contra Costa County), Clayton — The Eucalyptus Grove
Joel Clayton owned the property facing Morris Street from 1857 to 1870. His estate sold the lots to J. H. Keller in 1877 who built a house, slaughter house, butcher shop, and barn. George Scammon owed most of the remaining lots and planted . . . Map (db m150416) HM
38California (Contra Costa County), Clayton — The Growler Saloon – Goethals Building — Two Historic Clayton Buildings
Two historic Clayton buildings were combined to create this restaurant. A bicentennial project. One was an 1870’s home that Jack Duncan rebuilt circa 1908. It became a store, post office (1926 – 1937), barber shop, and the Growler Saloon. . . . Map (db m59953) HM
39California (Contra Costa County), Clayton — The Joel Clayton House — Clayton Historical Museum
Joel Clayton, who founded Clayton in 1857, had this house built circa 1860, where Mitchell Creek meets Mount Diablo Creek. After his death in 1872 the land was sold and the house had various uses. The Clayton Historical Society acquired it and in . . . Map (db m59948) HM
40California (Contra Costa County), Clyde — The Only Train Stop in Clyde
This monument commemorates what was once the only train stop in Clyde. The train that came through this stop in the early 1900's was owned by Southern Pacific and brought mail, passengers, and freight to this unique little town. [Lower marker . . . Map (db m17341) HM
41California (Contra Costa County), Concord — (Port Chicago) Disaster
Here, at 10:08 p.m. on July 17, 1944 one of history's most powerful man-made, non-nuclear disasters obliterated two cargo ships, killed 320 men, and wounded hundreds. It was the worst stateside disaster of World War II. The cause of the explosion is . . . Map (db m136870) HM WM
42California (Contra Costa County), Concord — Alves House
Concord Historical Landmark Circa 1897 Site of first Concord Grammar SchoolMap (db m57334) HM
43California (Contra Costa County), Concord — Barnett House
Concord Historical Landmark Built in 1916Map (db m57335) HM
44California (Contra Costa County), Concord — Bibber House
Concord Historical Landmark Built in 1912 by L.V. PerryMap (db m17406) HM
45California (Contra Costa County), Concord — Bolla House
Concord Historical Landmark Built in 1910Map (db m57196) HM
46California (Contra Costa County), Concord — Dangerous Work
July 17, 1944 was a typical day at Port Chicago Naval Magazine. Men of the Merchant Marine and the U.S. Navy Armed Guard prepared the empty, brand new SS Quinault Victory for loading on one side of the pier and prepared the nearly full SS . . . Map (db m136868) HM
47California (Contra Costa County), Concord — De Anza Expedition 1775-1776
Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista De Anza by decree of Carlos III of Spain led an expedition near this site - the mission being to colonize the San Francisco Bay AreaMap (db m155569) HM
48California (Contra Costa County), Concord — Dedicated to the Founders of Todos Santos — 1994
{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 . . . Map (db m17440) HM
49California (Contra Costa County), Concord — Disaster
Here, at 10:18 p.m. on July 17, 1944, one of history's most powerful manmade, non-nuclear explosions obliterated two ships, damaged structures in twelve nearby towns or cities, killed 320 men, and wounded 390. It was the worst stateside disaster of . . . Map (db m177667) HM
50California (Contra Costa County), Concord — Elworthy House
Concord Historical Landmark Built in 1913Map (db m57336) HM
51California (Contra Costa County), Concord — Francisco Galindo Home
Concord Historical Landmark Built in 1856Map (db m56583) HM
52California (Contra Costa County), Concord — Live Oak Cemetery — Founded 1865
Don Salvio Pacheco granted this land designated as a cemetery to serve Clayton and Concord. There are many prominent pioneers of early Clayton and Concord buried here. They include members of the following families: Atchinson, Babel, Clayton, . . . Map (db m93630) HM
53California (Contra Costa County), Concord — Neustaedter House
Concord Historical Landmark Built in 1906 by L.V. PerryMap (db m17422) HM
54California (Contra Costa County), Concord — Old Fire Hall
Concord Historical Built in 1892 Concord's First FirehouseMap (db m57760) HM
55California (Contra Costa County), Concord — Perry House
Concord Historical Landmark Built in 1911 by L.V PerryMap (db m57759) HM
56California (Contra Costa County), Concord — Port Chicago
For more than a half-century Port Chicago has been a major port for the shipment of munitions to U.S. forces serving overseas. The Navy created the munitions-loading complex at Port Chicago as an annex to the Mare Island Navy Yard in 1942. This . . . Map (db m177665) HM
57California (Contra Costa County), Concord — Port Chicago Naval Magazine
For more than a half-century, Port Chicago Naval Magazine has been a major port for the shipment of munitions to U.S. forces serving overseas. The Navy created the munitions-loading complex next to the town of Port Chicago as an annex to the Mare . . . Map (db m136861) HM WM
58California (Contra Costa County), Concord — Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial — Dead or Missing in the Port Chicago Explosion — July 17, 1944 —
U.S. Naval Magazine and Naval Barracks S2c James C. Akins • GM3c Clarence Allen, Jr. • Lt. (jg) Maxie L. Anderson • S2c Leslie K. Asare • S2c Isajah Ash. Jr. • S2c David Bacon, Sr. • S2c Henry W. Bailey • GM3c Leonard Baker • S2c Joseph . . . Map (db m136952) WM
59California (Contra Costa County), Crockett — Al Zampa Memorial Bridge — Crockett, California 2003
Alfred 'Al' Zampa was the first born son of Emilio and Maria Zampa, Italian immigrants who migrated to the USA from Abruzzi, Italy. Al was born on March 12, 1905 in Selby, California down river from where this plaque sits. He was the eldest of three . . . Map (db m91658) HM
60California (Contra Costa County), Crockett — Anza Expedition of 1776
"We called to these Indians, hoping to buy their fish from them." From Father Pedro Font's Diary, April 2, 1776 In 1775 and 1776, Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza, Father Pedro Font, along with 240 settlers, soldiers, . . . Map (db m91652) HM
61California (Contra Costa County), Crockett — Crockett World War I Veterans Memorial — Memorial Hall
(periods added to aid legibility) In Loving Memory of the men of this community who gave their lives in the 1917     Great World War     1919 D. Crowley · G.M. Lee · W.E. Dunn · O.A. Sweet · M.H. Sievers · F. Remaini · B.L. . . . Map (db m91651) WM
62California (Contra Costa County), Crockett — 731 — The Old Homestead
This was the first American home in Crockett. Constructed in 1867 by Thomas Edwards, Sr., on land purchased in 1866 from Judge J.B. Crockett. Located on an earlier Indian village near the Carquinez Straits, its timbers, some of which were brought . . . Map (db m12153) HM
63California (Contra Costa County), Danville — A.J. Young House
Albert J. Young and Mary Shuey Young built this Victorian home in 1870. This was her home for 63 years. A.J. Young was a long time local educator and church leader.Map (db m94012) HM
64California (Contra Costa County), Danville — Alamo Cemetery — Historical Site Dedication
Many pioneers from Alamo and surrounding towns have been buried here since the 1850s. Alamo Cemetery is part of the Alamo-Lafayette Cemetery District. We dedicate this plaque in the 125th year of the first recorded burial January 1856.Map (db m94013) HM
65California (Contra Costa County), Danville — Austin Root House, 1919
Original home of fireman Austin Root, descendent of the Boone and Love families, this Craftsman-Bungalow moved here from the corner of Hartz and Linda Mesa to make way for Shell Oil in 1950. Owner of Root's Bar and Restaurant, Austin opened . . . Map (db m153288) HM
66California (Contra Costa County), Danville — Cabral House — Mid 1930s
This Craftsman-Bungalow style "cottage" was characteristic of the Great Depression. Once the home of Lorraine and Manuel "Manny” Cabral, this popular style remains a well-maintained example of similar buildings along Hartz Ave. The . . . Map (db m152832) HM
67California (Contra Costa County), Danville — Cabral/Foster House — 1926
This 1921 Craftsman-Bungalow was originally owned by Tony Cabral who drove a cattle truck from Tassajara Valley to the Train Depot. Kids in town waited in front of Elliot's Bar and helped him load prize- winning cattle for the Sacramento State . . . Map (db m152857) HM
68California (Contra Costa County), Danville — 853 — Captain Pedro Fages Trail — Historical Landmark 1772
Fages, Commandante at Monterey, vainly looked for a way across San Francisco Bay. With Juan Crespi, Franciscan missionary, 14 soldiers, a muleteer and an Indian servant, he trekked along Carquinez Strait, thence eastward nearly to Antioch. Turning . . . Map (db m91703) HM
69California (Contra Costa County), Danville — Close Family Property — Historical Point of Interest
This property, site of the first building constructed in 1858, was owned by pioneer Daniel Inman (1827-1908) for whom Danville was named. The property was purchased by James E. Close (1848-1904), who operated a blacksmith shop, in 1875. In 1907 . . . Map (db m93670) HM
70California (Contra Costa County), Danville — Cohen-Vecki House
This early home was constructed by the Howard brothers in 1866 and is the oldest original building in downtown Danville. It was built for Postmaster Michael and Matilda Cohen behind the Cohen general store. Dr. Victor and Claire Vecki moved . . . Map (db m152843) HM
71California (Contra Costa County), Danville — Cooley House — 1920s
This Craftsman-Bungalow style home first appears on a 1925 Sanborn fire map. Built by Austin Root and Steve Johnson, it was once owned by local volunteer fireman, Duane Elliott. Joseph and Laura Bettencourt lived here until George and Vesta . . . Map (db m152844) HM
72California (Contra Costa County), Danville — Danville Grammar School
The first schoolhouse in the area was built south of Danville in 1858. In 1867, a new grammar school was built on this Front Street site. This building served until being razed in 1896 and replaced by the one-room schoolhouse pictured. It was . . . Map (db m93672) HM
73California (Contra Costa County), Danville — Danville Hotel Territory — Historical Point of Interest
The Danville Hotel, originally the Railroad Hotel, was built in 1891 when the Southern Pacific Railroad came to Danville. It was at the corner of Railroad Avenue and Short Street and faced west. It was owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. Edward . . . Map (db m93673) HM
74California (Contra Costa County), Danville — Eddy House — Early 1900s
This Queen Anne style cottage matched several other cottages which were once located along the east side of Hartz Avenue. Harvey R. Eddy bought this property in 1903 and deeded the home to his mother Mary A. Eddy. She and other "Eddy . . . Map (db m152687) HM
75California (Contra Costa County), Danville — Eugene O'Neill — America's First Major Playwright, 1888 - 1953
I want to be an artist or nothing. Eugene O’Neill, 1914 When Eugene O'Neill began writing for the stage, the American theatre was dominated by vaudeville and romantic melodrama. Influenced by Strindberg, Ibsen, and other European . . . Map (db m153906) HM
76California (Contra Costa County), Danville — Eugene O'Neill: A Moon for the Misbegotten
May you have your wish and die in your sleep soon, Jim, darling. May you rest forever in forgiveness and peace. Josie Hogan, A Moon For The Misbegotten A Moon for the Misbegotten is an elegy for O'Neill's . . . Map (db m154060) HM
77California (Contra Costa County), Danville — Eugene O'Neill: Long Day's Journey into Night
That's what makes it so hard - for all of us. We can't forget. Mary Tyrone, Long Day's Journey Into Night Eugene O’Neill was the son of the actor James O'Neill and Mary Ellen Quinlan. He spent his childhood either . . . Map (db m154059) HM
78California (Contra Costa County), Danville — Eugene O'Neill: The Iceman Cometh
The lie of the pipe dream gives life to the whole misbegotten mad lot of us, drunk or sober! Larry Slade, the Iceman Cometh Prior to his career as a playwright, O'Neill lived for a time at a waterfront dive in New . . . Map (db m154054) HM
79California (Contra Costa County), Danville — Eugene O'Neill: Carlotta and Gene
These twelve years, beloved one, have been a journey into light - into love. You know my gratitude and my love! Eugene O'Neill, from the dedication of Long Day's Journey into Night to Carlotta Monterey O'Neill on their 12th . . . Map (db m154048) HM
80California (Contra Costa County), Danville — Eugene O'Neill: O'Neill in Danville
We really have an ideal home with one of the most beautiful views I have ever seen - pure country with no taint of suburbia. Eugene O'Neill, to a friend, 1937 With the reception of the Nobel Prize in 1936, Eugene . . . Map (db m153910) HM
81California (Contra Costa County), Danville — Eugene O'Neill: The Nobel Prize
I feel so deeply that it is not only my work which is being honored, but the work of all my colleagues in America - that the Nobel Prize is a symbol of the coming of age of the American Theatre. Eugene O'Neill, Nobel Prize . . . Map (db m153908) HM
82California (Contra Costa County), Danville — Eugene O'Neill: The Tao House Plays
He would come out of his study at the end of the day gaunt and sometimes weeping. Carlotta Monterey O'Neill, 1956 When he moved to Danville in 1937, O'Neill had already begun work on a cycle of eleven plays . . . Map (db m154050) HM
83California (Contra Costa County), Danville — First Danville Fire Station
Former location of first Danville Fire Station Completed December 27, 1925 Map (db m152846) HM
84California (Contra Costa County), Danville — First Presbyterian Church of Danville, 1875
“The Handsomest Church in the County" The original building on this site was presided by Reverend R.S. Symington who was the first minister. The popular church served the community from 1875 until 1932 when it burned to the ground. . . . Map (db m153286) HM
85California (Contra Costa County), Danville — Hap Magee Ranch
Originally owned by August Hemme in 1852, just after California achieved statehood, this land was purchased in 1911 by the San Francisco Protestant Orphanage Asylum. Camp Swain was built to give foster children a warm summer away from cold . . . Map (db m153113) HM
86California (Contra Costa County), Danville — James Root House — 1860
Once surrounded by beehives and pear orchards, this Victorian-Queen Anne Cottage was built by Joel Haden Boone, descendant of Daniel Boone. Joel married Sophie, daughter of pioneer Robert Beatty Love. Daughter Ina Boone married James . . . Map (db m152831) HM
87California (Contra Costa County), Danville — Joe Foster House — 1926
In 1921 this property was home to carpenter Joe Foster. In 1926, while his wife Annie was busy making strawberry jam in the kitchen, the house caught fire and burned to the ground. Joe's father rebuilt this Craftsman-Bungalow which . . . Map (db m152854) HM
88California (Contra Costa County), Danville — McCauley House — Early 1900s
Hard working Irish immigrants, Edward and Mary McCauley, moved their family to the Tassajara Valley in 1868. They operated a 162 acre farm near present day McCauley Road. In 1892 they purchased the original "Danville Hotel" from John Hartz . . . Map (db m152847) HM
89California (Contra Costa County), Danville — McDonald's Drug Store — 1922
Built for $10,000 this Spanish Eclectic is one of the few brick buildings in Danville. The McDonalds lived upstairs and ran the drug store on the first floor where cigars, stationery, magazines and hand-painted china were sold and a roll of . . . Map (db m152833) HM
90California (Contra Costa County), Danville — San Ramon Branch Line
The 19.7 mile San Ramon Branch Line of the Southern Pacific Railroad was built through here in 1891. Original Danville station plat consisted of 8.65 acres. Railroad service was terminated in 1978. The right-of-way was converted soon after to the . . . Map (db m93668) HM
91California (Contra Costa County), Danville — San Ramon Union High School
In August of 1910 the San Ramon Valley Union High School District was formed. For the first six years high school classes were held in Danville at two different locations, with two teachers and thirty students. In 1916 ten acres were purchased at . . . Map (db m94020) HM
92California (Contra Costa County), Danville — Shuey/Podva House — 1892
Original home of John and Leila Shuey. John was postmaster from 1889-1893. They owned a general store and the hay and grain warehouse west of the Danville Train Depot. They lived in the house until 1938. Adolphus LaMay and Marion Cecile . . . Map (db m152834) HM
93California (Contra Costa County), Danville — Tassajara School
This one room school house was built by the Tassajara School District in 1889 and served the entire area until 1946 at which time the district was merged with the Danville Union School District. The black walnut trees were planted and cared for by . . . Map (db m94021) HM
94California (Contra Costa County), Danville — The Grange and Fraternal Hall (1874) — 233 Front Street — Danville Heritage Resource No. 8 —
The Danville Grange was a farmers' association and the hub of the community in the late 1800's and early 1900's. The Grange was instrumental in bringing many improvements to the valley over the years, such as San Ramon Valley High School, a public . . . Map (db m93671) HM
95California (Contra Costa County), Danville — Veterans Memorial Building
In 1919, Congress established the national charter for the American Legion to honor veterans of the Great War. Contra Costa administered a California bond issued to build veteran's memorial halls in each town with an American Legion Post. . . . Map (db m93675) HM WM
96California (Contra Costa County), Diablo — 905 — Mount Diablo
Mount Diablo, sacred to Native Americans who lived and worshipped there for over 5,000 years became a critical reference point for Spanish explorers in the 18th century, and American trappers and early California settlers in the 19th. In 1851 . . . Map (db m17541) HM
97California (Contra Costa County), El Cerrito — A Community of Flower Growers
(front or street side:) "My parents were given much help (from the Adachis and Nabetas) digging a well by hand and building their house. Much help was given on how to grow the flowers as well as how to build the greenhouses. . . . Map (db m145945) HM
98California (Contra Costa County), El Cerrito — Art and Culture in the City
Arts and culture have always been a part of El Cerrito. The City's Arts and Culture Commission, the El Cerrito Arts Association, and many businesses and organizations throughout the City work to engage, promote and celebrate El Cerrito's thriving . . . Map (db m94184) HM
99California (Contra Costa County), El Cerrito — Blooming Business
(front or street side:) "At four in the morning they would start preparing the flowers for market. Grandfather would carefully put the flowers in a basket and sling it over his shoulder. Grandmother, carrying a lantern, would lead him . . . Map (db m156299) HM
100California (Contra Costa County), El Cerrito — Cerrito Creek
. . . Map (db m94104) HM

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