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(925) 837-3750
Located at the corner of Railroad and Prospect Avenues in Downtown Danville
 
   

History Articles

San Ramon Valley history articles written by local history researchers are available on a broad variety of topics. As information is added to the website, the index will show link underlines. Contact the Museum for details on other topics.

INDEX:

Prehistory
   Geology
   Indians
   Indians of the San Ramon Valley
        First People of the San Ramon Valley
        California Indian Baskets
           Bay Area Baskets  Louis Choris, 1816
           Courtesy, the Bancroft Library
       Burials Reveal Information about Indians
           Five Native Men    Louis Choris, 1816
           Courtesy, the Bancroft Library

   Bay Miwok Indian Readings
       First People of the East Bay by Bev Ortiz                       Saclan Woman  Louis Choris, 1816
           Courtesy, the Bancroft Library

       Traditional Bay Miwok Environment
           Grizzly Bear  Louis Choris, 1816
           Courtesy, the Bancroft Library

       
The Bay Miwok Language and Land           
           Map of East Bay
           Courtesy, Randall Milliken
           Time of Little Choice

       
The Bay Miwok Resistance                                               Men in Dance Headdresses
               Louis Choris, 1816
               Courtesy, the Bancroft Library
       The First Decades of a New Era
                                   by Aimee Arrigoni          
           Indians at Mission Dolores  Louis Choris, 1816
           Courtesy, the Bancroft Library

       Selected Bibliography

  .Blackhawk Ranch Quarry
Spanish and Mexican Era
   Spanish explorers and missions
   Ranchos in the valley
        Rancho of the San Ramon Valley
     
   Amador's Rancho San Ramon
        Rancho Romero
        Norris Rancho
        Jose Maria Amador
Ranching in the San Ramon Valley
PaPart I - The Hispanic Era
aaPart II - The Gold Rush Transforms Cattle & aa aaRanches

aaPart III - Modern Ranching
19th century
   Alamo Pioneer Cemetery
.......History

.......Names on Headstones

   Bret Harte in the Tassajara Valley
   Civil War in the Valley
   Gold Rush Pioneers
.......
Harlans I Harlans II Harlans III
.......Dan Inman - Danville's Founder I
.......Dan Inman - Danville's Founder II
   Danville Grange No. 85
Railroads and Railways
   Southern Pacific Railroad (1891-1978)
   Electric Railway
   Danville Depot
20th century
   1906 earthquake and the valley
   Eugene O'Neill in the San Ramon Valley
   Freeway opens in 1964 and in 1966
   Freeway changed everything
   Home Rule in the Valley

      Part I-Valley 1960s Part II-Valley 1970s
      Part III-Danville
Part IV-Danville Part V-Danville
aaalPart VI-San Ramon    Part VII-San Ramon

   Veterans Hall Part I Part II HRE
aaLibraries Over the Years

Historical Markers
   Historic Plaques in the San Ramon Valley
...
All Tri Valley Markers


   


Topics
   Agriculture
   Parks
     ..Hap Magee Ranch, Danville
 
    ..Ramona Park, Danville
     ..
Fire Truck Park, San Ramon

     .. Limerick Park, San Ramon
     .. Souyen Park, San Ramon
   Schooling in the San Ramon Valley
     ..Early Schooling
   
  ..History of San Ramon Valley Union High School
    ...... Early History by Inez Butz
    ...... School History by Beverly Lane Part I
   ....... School History by Beverly Lane Part II
   ....... School History by Beverly Lane Part III
   ....... School History by Beverly Lane Part IV
   
  ..Time Line
   
  ..Alamo School
   
  ..Danville Grammar
   
  ..Green Valley Grammar School
   
  ..San Ramon School
   
  ..Sycamore School
   
  ..Tassajara School
  
 Structures
     ..
St Isidore's Church Part 1 Part 2
     ..Town Meeting Hall
     ..Village Theatre
Part 1 Part 2
Part 3
   Firefighting in the San Ramon Valley
     .. Danville Part I - Overview
      ..Danville Part II - Fires
........Dougherty Regional Fire Department
        Merger of Danville and San Ramon Fire Districts
        San Ramon Fire Protection District Part I
        San Ramon Fire Protection Disrrict Part II
        
Tassajara Volunteer Fire District

...Mount Diablo: The History of Its Name
......Spanish Explorers First Spied Central Valley from
........Monte Diablo

........Indians in Mountain's Shadow Believed it to be a
....... Sacred Place

........'Devil in the thicket' gave mountain its name
........Storytellers find rich material in mountain's name
........Diabolical name fuels arguments

   Temperance

   Woman Suffrage
......The West took the Lead...
.......California Voters Reject...
.......Women win the vote


Community and City histories
   Alamo
   Blackhawk
   Danville

      (see also 20th Century Home Rule)
      (see also Eugene O'Neill in the Valley)
   Diablo
   San Ramon
   Tassajara Valley
  

Bibliography for County and Valley history - Short Bibliography
 

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