Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek


Walnut Creek is located in San Francisco’s east bay, east of Oakland. (There really is a creek, named Walnut, but it has been rerouted below the city.) The city of 65,860 has more open space per capita than any other California community. Two major thoroughfares cut across the city but these are not for cars but for bicycles. East to west is the Contra Costa Canal Trail while the Iron Horse Trail runs north and south. Walnut Creeks businesses lie on the west side of town while strip malls and residences are located on the east side. The city is the business center and traffic hub of Contra Costa County.

The vicinity of Walnut Creek in Contra Costa County was first explored by Spanish Captain Pedro Fages in 1772 and encountered the local Bolbones Indians. Later four Mexican land grants came together in what was to become Walnut Creek but was originally named “The Corners.” The city’s name was changed in 1862 when the community’s first U.S. post office was established. A fascinating aspect of Walnut Creek’s history is that the creek that the town was named for, was routed through secret underground tunnels made originally by the U.S. Navy to transport nuclear weapons from Lawrence Livermore Laboratories to the Concord Naval weapons depot.





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