Concord Historical Society

Concord Historical Society A place to share information about the history of Concord, CA, and the Concord Historical Society We are a nonprofit organization working to preserve and present Concord's rich history.

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Who remembers Frankie Avalon visiting Concord? He dropped by Earl's Music Store in 1959! Elmer Earl's store was on Salvi...
10/13/2021

Who remembers Frankie Avalon visiting Concord? He dropped by Earl's Music Store in 1959! Elmer Earl's store was on Salvio Street west of Galindo Street, across from the town's water tower.

Who remembers Frankie Avalon visiting Concord? He dropped by Earl's Music Store in 1959! Elmer Earl's store was on Salvio Street west of Galindo Street, across from the town's water tower.

In 1962, overcrowding at Concord's civic center headquarters led to the development of plans for a multi-unit civic cent...
10/11/2021

In 1962, overcrowding at Concord's civic center headquarters led to the development of plans for a multi-unit civic center complex. A national award-winning architectural firm, Ernest J. Kump and Associates of Palo Alto, was employed to design the complex. Construction began in 1965. The complex was formally dedicated December 2, 1966.

In 1962, overcrowding at Concord's civic center headquarters led to the development of plans for a multi-unit civic center complex. A national award-winning architectural firm, Ernest J. Kump and Associates of Palo Alto, was employed to design the complex. Construction began in 1965. The complex was formally dedicated December 2, 1966.

These local businesses showed their support for the Mt. Diablo Union High School by placing advertisements in the 1923 y...
10/06/2021

These local businesses showed their support for the Mt. Diablo Union High School by placing advertisements in the 1923 yearbook.

On February 17, 1922, Jack M. Soares and his brother George purchased Concord Ice and Fuel, which continued as a family-...
10/04/2021

On February 17, 1922, Jack M. Soares and his brother George purchased Concord Ice and Fuel, which continued as a family-owned business for the next 36 years. It was at East and Concord Boulevard. On Jack's death in 1939, the ownership passed to George. Here is the the crew in 1943. George is seated and second from the left

On February 17, 1922, Jack M. Soares and his brother George purchased Concord Ice and Fuel, which continued as a family-owned business for the next 36 years. It was at East and Concord Boulevard. On Jack's death in 1939, the ownership passed to George. Here is the the crew in 1943. George is seated and second from the left

By 1917, Salvio Street was lined with many businesses. Starting at left was Bank of Concord  followed by Concord Mercant...
09/29/2021

By 1917, Salvio Street was lined with many businesses. Starting at left was Bank of Concord followed by Concord Mercantile, Neustaedter's Pioneer Store, Judge Burke's office, barber shop, a new building that would become the Great Western Power office, and Concord Drug.

By 1917, Salvio Street was lined with many businesses. Starting at left was Bank of Concord followed by Concord Mercantile, Neustaedter's Pioneer Store, Judge Burke's office, barber shop, a new building that would become the Great Western Power office, and Concord Drug.

The Galindo Home Museum & Gardens is open for tours from 1:00-4:00 PM on the first and third Sunday of each month. On yo...
09/27/2021

The Galindo Home Museum & Gardens is open for tours from 1:00-4:00 PM on the first and third Sunday of each month. On your next visit, see if you can find these treasures!

Here is the Concord Police Department in the early 1950s. To train police recruits, a Police Academy was created in 1955...
09/22/2021

Here is the Concord Police Department in the early 1950s. To train police recruits, a Police Academy was created in 1955. Police officers built a facility on a two acre site off Clayton Road, donated by the George Cardinet family. The academy was moved in 1985 to Avila Road.

Here is the Concord Police Department in the early 1950s. To train police recruits, a Police Academy was created in 1955. Police officers built a facility on a two acre site off Clayton Road, donated by the George Cardinet family. The academy was moved in 1985 to Avila Road.

The Galindo Home Museum & Gardens has welcomed  many visitors over the years. This past weekend some of the Mt. Diablo H...
09/20/2021

The Galindo Home Museum & Gardens has welcomed many visitors over the years. This past weekend some of the Mt. Diablo High School, Class of 1958, enjoyed a tour of the home. A few had had Ruth Galindo as a Spanish teacher!

Galindo Home Museum & Gardens will be open tomorrow, Septmber 19th from 1:00 - 4:00PM. The docent led tour takes about 4...
09/18/2021

Galindo Home Museum & Gardens will be open tomorrow, Septmber 19th from 1:00 - 4:00PM. The docent led tour takes about 45 minutes. The current display of handmade quilts will end soon. The tour fee is $5.00 per person and helps to maintain this historic Concord home. Please share with family friends.

Ernie Sattler opened his appliance workshop in 1937 in an old tankhouse on Concord Boulevard, two miles east of town. He...
09/15/2021

Ernie Sattler opened his appliance workshop in 1937 in an old tankhouse on Concord Boulevard, two miles east of town. He was joined in the business by his brothers Hank and Bill in 1945. Eventually, they remodeled and moved into a building that had housed Eddie's Garage on Willow Pass Road.

Ernie Sattler opened his appliance workshop in 1937 in an old tankhouse on Concord Boulevard, two miles east of town. He was joined in the business by his brothers Hank and Bill in 1945. Eventually, they remodeled and moved into a building that had housed Eddie's Garage on Willow Pass Road.

The County Fairgrounds were located north of the Pacheco-Concord road, not far from the site of the current Buchanan Air...
09/13/2021

The County Fairgrounds were located north of the Pacheco-Concord road, not far from the site of the current Buchanan Airport. The pavilion was completed in 1861. Rodeos, fiestas, harness races, and parades were held there.

The County Fairgrounds were located north of the Pacheco-Concord road, not far from the site of the current Buchanan Airport. The pavilion was completed in 1861. Rodeos, fiestas, harness races, and parades were held there.

Paul Keller's Hardware Store, located in the new Lyon's building constructed after the 1917 fire, was the first cash and...
09/08/2021

Paul Keller's Hardware Store, located in the new Lyon's building constructed after the 1917 fire, was the first cash and carry store in Concord.

Paul Keller's Hardware Store, located in the new Lyon's building constructed after the 1917 fire, was the first cash and carry store in Concord.

Happy Labor Day to all from the Concord Historical Society!
09/06/2021

Happy Labor Day to all from the Concord Historical Society!

This diseno for Rancho Monte del Diablo, which Don Salvio Pacheco submitted to the Territorial Deputation Council in 183...
09/01/2021

This diseno for Rancho Monte del Diablo, which Don Salvio Pacheco submitted to the Territorial Deputation Council in 1834, covered 17,921 acres. Salvio Pacheco ordered that the boundary lines be designated with stone markers. One of the original markers was found on the ranch of Mrs. Carmen Arrighi. The marker now resides at the Galindo home.

When the town of Todos Santos (Concord) was laid out in 1868, it contained 20 acres divided into 19 blocks and a plaza. ...
08/30/2021

When the town of Todos Santos (Concord) was laid out in 1868, it contained 20 acres divided into 19 blocks and a plaza. The plaza was dedicated by Salvio Pacheco to the town's people to be used as a park. Fast-growing eucalyptus and cypress trees were planted throughout the area. To protect the trees from roaming stock, a picket fence with turnstiles at each corner was built.

When the town of Todos Santos (Concord) was laid out in 1868, it contained 20 acres divided into 19 blocks and a plaza. The plaza was dedicated by Salvio Pacheco to the town's people to be used as a park. Fast-growing eucalyptus and cypress trees were planted throughout the area. To protect the trees from roaming stock, a picket fence with turnstiles at each corner was built.

Concord's Blue Devils group is the oldest active color guard in Northern California. It was started in the early 1950s a...
08/25/2021

Concord's Blue Devils group is the oldest active color guard in Northern California. It was started in the early 1950s as a drum and bell corps. Since 1975, the Blue Devils have never placed out of the top five and have won the world title an unprecedented 19 times!

Concord's Blue Devils group is the oldest active color guard in Northern California. It was started in the early 1950s as a drum and bell corps. Since 1975, the Blue Devils have never placed out of the top five and have won the world title an unprecedented 19 times!

President Vivian Boyd and the Concord Historical Society thanks Lind Higgins, a founding member, for her many years of s...
08/23/2021

President Vivian Boyd and the Concord Historical Society thanks Lind Higgins, a founding member, for her many years of service. Mrs. Higgins has held several board positions and served on many committees over the past 50 years. She has maintained the Society's financial records as treasurer. Mrs. Higgins has also been the Resource Center Coordinator and active member of the Museum Committee. Her dedication to keeping and maintaining Concord's history has been a gift to the Concord Historical Society.

President Vivian Boyd and the Concord Historical Society thanks Lind Higgins, a founding member, for her many years of service. Mrs. Higgins has held several board positions and served on many committees over the past 50 years. She has maintained the Society's financial records as treasurer. Mrs. Higgins has also been the Resource Center Coordinator and active member of the Museum Committee. Her dedication to keeping and maintaining Concord's history has been a gift to the Concord Historical Society.

Fernando Pacheco, son of Don Salvio Pacheco,  was 21 years old, was given 1,500 acres of Rancho Monte del Diablo. His ad...
08/18/2021

Fernando Pacheco, son of Don Salvio Pacheco, was 21 years old, was given 1,500 acres of Rancho Monte del Diablo. His adobe was famous for its fiestas, which included barbecues, horse-racing, and dances.

Concord Grammar School students came to school dressed in their Sunday best. The photo was taken in 1881 at the first sc...
08/16/2021

Concord Grammar School students came to school dressed in their Sunday best. The photo was taken in 1881 at the first school building at the corner of Grant and Bonifacio Streets.

Concord Grammar School students came to school dressed in their Sunday best. The photo was taken in 1881 at the first school building at the corner of Grant and Bonifacio Streets.

Galindo Home Museum & Gardens is open today from 1:00 - 4:00 PM! The entrance fee is $5.00 and the tour of the historica...
08/15/2021

Galindo Home Museum & Gardens is open today from 1:00 - 4:00 PM! The entrance fee is $5.00 and the tour of the historical home takes about 45 minutes. Handmade quilts are on display. Masks are required.

Fascinating festival!
08/15/2021

Fascinating festival!

The Mattson family went into the dairy business in the 1930s. In the late 1940s, they built Mattson's Creamery. In 1949,...
08/11/2021

The Mattson family went into the dairy business in the 1930s. In the late 1940s, they built Mattson's Creamery. In 1949, they added a fountain and lunch section. The Mattson's featured ice cream flavors such as peach, pumpkin, strawberry, butter brickle, blackberry, raspberry, and licorice!

The Mattson family went into the dairy business in the 1930s. In the late 1940s, they built Mattson's Creamery. In 1949, they added a fountain and lunch section. The Mattson's featured ice cream flavors such as peach, pumpkin, strawberry, butter brickle, blackberry, raspberry, and licorice!

A great Sunday afternoon of Jazz on the grounds of the Concord Historical Society! Thank you Matt Zebly Trio + Special G...
08/09/2021

A great Sunday afternoon of Jazz on the grounds of the Concord Historical Society! Thank you Matt Zebly Trio + Special Guest and Visit Concord, CA! All proceeds went to Concord Historical Society! Looking forward to 2022 Concord Jazz Festival in August.

Just a Reminder: Celebrate the "Throwback" Java & Jazz Event with the Matt Zebley Jazz Organ Trio at the Concord Histori...
08/04/2021

Just a Reminder: Celebrate the "Throwback" Java & Jazz Event with the Matt Zebley Jazz Organ Trio at the Concord Historical Society on Sunday, August 8, 2021 from 1 pm - 4 pm. To match the cool jazz, iced tea and iced coffee will be served. Your $15 ticket includes collectible hot/cold cup with unlimited pours (while supplies last) and plenty of great jazz. All proceeds will be going towards the Concord Historical Society. Please share this great event with family and friends!
Register at Visit Concord, CA

Just a Reminder: Celebrate the "Throwback" Java & Jazz Event with the Matt Zebley Jazz Organ Trio at the Concord Historical Society on Sunday, August 8, 2021 from 1 pm - 4 pm. To match the cool jazz, iced tea and iced coffee will be served. Your $15 ticket includes collectible hot/cold cup with unlimited pours (while supplies last) and plenty of great jazz. All proceeds will be going towards the Concord Historical Society. Please share this great event with family and friends!
Register at Visit Concord, CA

The Angelo Schenone fountain was built in memory of Amelia Traverso Garaventa's first husband. It is in front of the old...
08/02/2021

The Angelo Schenone fountain was built in memory of Amelia Traverso Garaventa's first husband. It is in front of the old Bank of Concord building (now Skippolini's) and across the street from the re-located L. V. Perry home and the century-old firehouse.

The Angelo Schenone fountain was built in memory of Amelia Traverso Garaventa's first husband. It is in front of the old Bank of Concord building (now Skippolini's) and across the street from the re-located L. V. Perry home and the century-old firehouse.

Frederick Galindo, sitting on the front right, played semi-professional baseball for St. Mary's College and both the Con...
07/28/2021

Frederick Galindo, sitting on the front right, played semi-professional baseball for St. Mary's College and both the Concord and Antioch baseball teams.

Frederick Galindo, sitting on the front right, played semi-professional baseball for St. Mary's College and both the Concord and Antioch baseball teams.

The Galindo Home docents were thrilled to have so many visitors yesterday! Some visitors reviewed the collection of Mt. ...
07/26/2021

The Galindo Home docents were thrilled to have so many visitors yesterday! Some visitors reviewed the collection of Mt. Diablo High School yearbooks looking for family members. Another couple were fascinated with Eastlake furniture. A mother and her two daughters were so excited to view all the quilts, that they brought their own family quilts to share. What a treat! The Galindo Home Museum & Gardens will be open again on Sunday, August 1st.

Great pictures Concord Ambassadors, so glad you could come explore our historical treasure.
07/26/2021

Great pictures Concord Ambassadors, so glad you could come explore our historical treasure.

Java & Jazz Event with the Matt Zebley Jazz Organ Trio at the Concord Historical Society on Sunday, August 8, 2021 from ...
07/23/2021

Java & Jazz Event with the Matt Zebley Jazz Organ Trio at the Concord Historical Society on Sunday, August 8, 2021 from 1 pm - 4 pm. To match the cool jazz, iced tea and iced coffee will be served. Your $15 ticket includes collectible hot/cold cup with unlimited pours (while supplies last) and plenty of great jazz. All proceeds will be going towards the Concord Historical Society. Please share this great event with family and friends!
Register at Visit Concord, CA !

Java & Jazz Event with the Matt Zebley Jazz Organ Trio at the Concord Historical Society on Sunday, August 8, 2021 from 1 pm - 4 pm. To match the cool jazz, iced tea and iced coffee will be served. Your $15 ticket includes collectible hot/cold cup with unlimited pours (while supplies last) and plenty of great jazz. All proceeds will be going towards the Concord Historical Society. Please share this great event with family and friends!
Register at Visit Concord, CA !

Have you visited Galindo Home Museum & Gardens? You have an opportunity this Sunday! This historic home will be open thi...
07/21/2021

Have you visited Galindo Home Museum & Gardens? You have an opportunity this Sunday! This historic home will be open this Sunday, July 25th from 1:00 - 4:00 PM. The docent led tour takes about 45 minutes. Included in the tour is a display of handmade quilts. The entrance fee is $5.00. Hope to see you Sunday. Please share with family and friends.

Harold Galindo was the oldest child of Frederick Galindo. He worked for Tidewater Associated Oil Company before entering...
07/19/2021

Harold Galindo was the oldest child of Frederick Galindo. He worked for Tidewater Associated Oil Company before entering the Navy in 1941. After the war, he worked for Chevron Research as manager of the Research Department. Harold retired in 1969.

Harold Galindo was the oldest child of Frederick Galindo. He worked for Tidewater Associated Oil Company before entering the Navy in 1941. After the war, he worked for Chevron Research as manager of the Research Department. Harold retired in 1969.

John L. Garaventa was born in 1903 and was raised on a farm in Clayton Valley. He attended school at the Lime Quarry Gra...
07/14/2021

John L. Garaventa was born in 1903 and was raised on a farm in Clayton Valley. He attended school at the Lime Quarry Grammar school and graduated from Mt. Diablo High School. He went to St. Mary's College and St. Mary's Law School. In 1933, young Garaventa successfully defended farmers' rights against Cowell Lime and Cement Company. As a result, the plant was ordered to install a duster to reduce the 100 tons of dust that were emitted daily.

John L. Garaventa was born in 1903 and was raised on a farm in Clayton Valley. He attended school at the Lime Quarry Grammar school and graduated from Mt. Diablo High School. He went to St. Mary's College and St. Mary's Law School. In 1933, young Garaventa successfully defended farmers' rights against Cowell Lime and Cement Company. As a result, the plant was ordered to install a duster to reduce the 100 tons of dust that were emitted daily.

John & Amelia Hansen, who were immigrants from Denmark, made their first home in Concord in a windmill tower built by Ha...
07/12/2021

John & Amelia Hansen, who were immigrants from Denmark, made their first home in Concord in a windmill tower built by Hansen. In 1920, Hansen started his own contracting business in Concord. Among the many local structures John built was the Veterans Memorial Building on the southwest corner of Willow Pass Road and Colfax Street.

Galindo Home Museum & Gardens will be open for tours this Sunday, July 11 from 1:00 - 4:00PM. The historical home is fil...
07/09/2021

Galindo Home Museum & Gardens will be open for tours this Sunday, July 11 from 1:00 - 4:00PM. The historical home is filled with the furnishings of four generations of the Galindo family. Additionally, handmade quilts, loaned by local families and quilting guilds, are on display. The tour takes about 45 minutes. The entrance fee is $5.00. No reservations are needed. Please share with family and friends.

One of Concord's most important businesses, the Bank of Concord, stood at the intersection of Main (now Salvio) & Mt. Di...
07/07/2021

One of Concord's most important businesses, the Bank of Concord, stood at the intersection of Main (now Salvio) & Mt. Diablo Streets. It was opened on January 2, 1901. The bank's interior was paneled in decorative mahogany.

One of Concord's most important businesses, the Bank of Concord, stood at the intersection of Main (now Salvio) & Mt. Diablo Streets. It was opened on January 2, 1901. The bank's interior was paneled in decorative mahogany.

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1928 Clayton Road
Concord, CA
94519

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Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 8pm
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Found this article in family papers. 12/17/1980 Concord Transcript It shows the majority of the block that would soon be developed into Todos Santos Plaza. The view is looking west, picture taken from where the Heritage Apartments stands. The pen is pointing at the spot where EJ Phair’s will be and the scissors tip is the building that Vinny’s is in. The Ivy House once stood on this block but was spared the wrecking ball (home of Dave Brubeck’a mother) The original buildings that were not part of the demolition plans and thankfully survive are the Rose Apartments at the bottom right corner of the picture and a little blue house on the other side of it.
Are there any photographs of the Concord Community Hospital, circa 1950's? I'm working on a history project but all I can locate are pictures of the later variations, i.e, Mt. Diablo Hospital, and then John Muir. Thanks for any help that can be offered.
Hello, I wonder if anyone can tell me anything about the house in this picture? It was a post card someone sent to my great grandmother. It only says Concord on the back with a happy birthday note on the front to her. My great grandmother was the daughter of Gabriel Sibrian and Frances Miramontes. One of the early California Families. She is also connected to Pacheco and Tapia family.
As a Historical Society in Concord, CA are you aware that Mt. Diablo High School's English building has not been used as a classroom for two years? What's with that? They just painted the school exterior. Someone should check it out and find out what they plan to do there. The entire building has been closed.
Hi. I am wondering if the Concord Coach ran into areas in Canada (1826)?
Last week, some young historians from the third grade at Meadow Homes Elementary, in Concord, toured the Galindo Home. They also played games from yesteryear (jacks, checkers, & pickup sticks), and learned the history of the Pacheco and Galindo families and their contributions to the founding of Todos Santos which later became known as Concord. Thank you to the Meadow Home teachers for including the Galindo Home in their curriculum!
With the help of Susie & Frank at Sloat Garden Center in Concord, we now know we have Corsican Hellebore blooming just off the front porch of the Galindo House! Thanks, Susie & Frank!
Look what is blooming in the historic Galindo Home ...
Concord Historical Society annual dinner is coming in November! @Solo Opera is donating tickets for the “Gift of the Magi” to the exciting raffle!
"Dance The Night Away" (Friday, Aug 10th, 7-9pm). Join us for an informal "sock hop" for a few hours of fun and exercise to help raise funds for the completion to the extension, and preservation of, the former Masonic Temple. Dance to the "moldy oldies" of the 50s, 60s, 70s. A true bargain, as admission is only $10.00 per person. If successful, we plan to host these dances every 2nd Friday night of the month from 7-9pm for the next several months. The dances will be held in the Betty Martin Barnes hall within the Masonic Temple, (1928 Clayton Rd.) now part of the Concord Heritage Center campus. Our museum, artifacts, and research center will be located in the extension.
Looking to find history information on "The Alameda" road in Concord that supposedly was a horse race track back in the 1800's. Anyone have any sustainable information? Please contact me as I have a new listing there and would like more information. Thanks! Jacque Sabella, Realty ONE Group Elite [email protected] 925-642-2140
Where does one find info on renting the CMEC? I can't find any thing about it on the website.Email didn't help.Phone call has not been returned.