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Today's Clayton is an elegant, relaxing place, an oasis of calm isolated from the rest of fast-paced Contra Costa County. This place exists because of the vision of founder Joel Clayton, who was born in Bugsworth, England, in 1812. Clayton made his way to the United States, where he became an entrepreneur and land developer in the East before moving with his family to California, where he envisioned and then built an agricultural and mining center in these rolling hills in 1857. The miners and farmers here worked the land to serve the rapidly developing urban civilization in the Bay Area, which before long reached the little village. Gradually the farms and mining camps gave way to country estates and, later, to the sylvan community we know today.
ISBN: 9780738530932
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Tapping their extensive collection of vintage photographs and memorabilia, the Clayton Historical Society has created an outstanding survey of Clayton from the earliest settlement to the 1950s. The Clayton Club, the original farming efforts, Clayton Hotel, and Mt. Diablo School are all shown here in their early forms. While some of the old city survives to this modern age, these images hearken back to a long-gone era and a simpler way of life.
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