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    Hwy 21 to Interstate 680: The History of the Road that Connects us

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    Date(s) - 06/18/2020
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


    For most of us, the road that really gets us anywhere (when we’re allowed out of the house, that is) is a road with a long, interesting, and somewhat hidden history. Join with local historian Steve Minniear as he talks and shows us photos and maps about that road as part of the first ever Museum of the San Ramon Valley virtual brunch. Whether we call it San Ramon Valley Road, Danville Blvd., North Main Street or even Contra Costa Blvd., it was for a long time Highway 21. And between the 1930s and the 1960s, it was the only way to go north and south through the San Ramon and Amador Valleys. Find out more about the “only road through town” and how it shaped farm life, regional business ,and eventually the suburbs.
    Starting in Native American times, there were trails that connected communities in the San Ramon and Amador valleys. These trails were then used by Spanish explorers trying to understand the geography of the San Francisco Bay Area. Later Mexican landowners and their workers used the trails to move herds of cattle to and from Mission San Jose and outlying pasture lands. After them, Gold seekers on their way to and from the gold country traveled through the developing ranch and farmlands on the well-traveled dirt roads. Through the late 1800s and into the 1930s horse drawn wagons and carriages gave way to bicycles, automobiles,and trucks. In the mid-1930s the long Alameda and Contra Costa county roads were incorporated into the State highway system. For over 30 years, two lane Highway 21 was the only way to go north and south through the Amador and San Ramon valleys. By the mid-1960s it was replaced by Interstate 680.

    Please join historian Steve Minniear and the Museum of the San Ramon Valley on Thursday, June 18 at 12:00 for this free virtual program on the road that today connects us all Interstate 680. To attend please visit our website at museumsrv.org and go to the Events section. If you have any questions please feel free to call the museum at 925-837-3750

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