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Virtual Presentation: The Year They Moved The Depot


Date(s) – 06/17/2021
11:30 am – 12:30 pm


Over the past twelve months, the Museum of the San Ramon Valley has offered free virtual presentations on the third Thursday of the month. This month on Thursday June 17 at 11:30 we are excited to offer a presentation on our history: 1996 the year the Depot moved.

The last train passed through the Danville station in 1978. With the ending of train service, the train depot became a Feed and Grain store. Over time, it fell into disrepair. A group of concerned citizens wanted to save this important piece of San Ramon Valley history. It’s future survival was in question.

25 years ago this month the Lopez Brothers home movers arrived in Danville to move the depot which is now the Museum of the San Ramon Valley. Its new home would be the corner of Railroad and Prospect. Yes, the museum was not always at its present location. The museum which was originally a Southern Pacific Depot was located a block further south at the corner where Lunardi’s is located today.

Ed Best, a longtime museum volunteer, former president of the museum, and a key member of the team that was involved in the move and restoration will give a first hand eye witness presentation of that eventful day. It is fair to say that moving an old building in disrepair is not for the faint of heart. See pictures of the actual move as well as hear about some of the surprises the move encountered.

To attend this free online presentation please visit our website at museumsrv.org and go to the Events section or call 925 837-3750.


  1. We lived directly across from where the museum is now. There was a big warehouse there, too, but it burned down. Can’t stop progress but there are many things about the slower Danville I miss.

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