P.O. Box 39 Danville, CA 94526
Located at the corner of Railroad and Prospect Avenues in Downtown Danville
TEN TRIPS THROUGH TIME
There are many historic places in the San Ramon Valley that provide great family outings. Here are ten locations that you might enjoy visiting, all recommended by the Museum of the San Ramon Valley.
For a glimpse of PREHISTORIC SAN RAMON VALLEY, visit the Museum at 205 Railroad Avenue in Danville (check home page for open hours). You will find a fossilized mastodon jaw (compliments of the U. C. Museum of Paleontology) that was found at the Blackhawk Fossil Quarry. There are also shell fossils and pictures of prehistoric animals.
You might have wondered WHERE IS THE SAN RAMON VALLEY? The valley extends from the County line on the south to Walnut Creek's north border. To see an artist’s tile rendition of our history, visit the Gateway Centre History Wall, at San Ramon Valley Blvd. and Alcosta in San Ramon. Walk south from Walgreens to find it.
Information on the GEOGRAPHY OF THE VALLEY can be found at the staging area leading to Las Trampas Regional Wilderness. There are several interpretive panels at the parking lot and you may want to take a hike while you are there. Travel west on Crow Canyon Road in San Ramon, turn north at Bollinger Canyon Road and drive to the very end.
A quiet area in Hap Magee Ranch Park features the INDIANS OF THE VALLEY. This Alamo-Danville Park can be reached by walking east from the Iron Horse Trail at Camille Ave. or by driving to the north end of La Gonda Way. The Tatcan Indian commemorative site is on the San Ramon Creek side, just west of the Canine Corral.
While you are near Magee Park, you may want to read a plaque about Spanish EXPLORERS at the corner of El Portal and Danville Blvd. The first expedition came through the valley in 1772. The valley belonged to Mission San Jose until 1836. A visit to the mission in Fremont, not far from I680 is also interesting; the church is restored and there is a museum.
While traveling from Magee Park to the Explorers plaque at Danville Blvd, check out the Alamo Cemetery at 130 El Portal where you can learn about EARLY PIONEERS. If you walk up the main path at the Alamo Cemetery, you will see grave sites of the Podva family, Ruby was a longtime Danville postmaster; Stone family, as in Stone Valley Road; Boone family, James was descended from Daniel Boone; and Noia family, pioneer Portuguese immigrants. Then visit the Dublin Cemetery at 6600 Donlon Way, Dublin. At the right rear side are graves of early San Ramon pioneers, including the Norris, Dougherty, Glass and Harlan families.
EARLY SCHOOLS: A favorite trip for visitors is the Tassajara School House at 1650 Finley Road, east of Danville off Camino Tassajara. The 1889 school is owned and maintained by the SRV Fire Protection District, has picnic tables, and hosts the Museum’s third grade one-room school program each spring. The building is not open to the public but you can walk the grounds and peek in the windows.
The valley’s AGRICULTURAL HISTORY is featured at Forest Home Farms Historic Park in San Ramon, 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd. Look for an opportunity to take a docent tour or attend an event at this historic former ranch. There are barns, ranch equipment, old tractors, plus the Boone House (1900) and the Glass House (1877). More at http://www.ci.san-ramon.ca.us/ -- then follow prompts
For information on the valley’s TRANSPORTATION, pop into the museum again. The museum itself is a restored 1891 Southern Pacific Depot.Visitors can view several displays on the San Ramon Branch Line (steam and later diesel railroad), can learn about the short-lived electric railway (1914-1924). Rail fan books about the valley’s rails and history may be purchased in the Museum Store..
Take a walk around historic OLD TOWN DANVILLE, established in 1858.
The historic Vecki house at 169 Front Street was built in 1865. [MORE]
A Self-guided tour booket is available at the museum for 50 cents.
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