Historical Sites to Visit in the San Ramon Valley: The San Ramon Valley has many historic places to visit for fun and interesting family outings! The Museum of the San Ramon Valley suggests 10 places you might enjoy visiting while learning a thing or two about San Ramon’s diverse history.
1. The San Ramon Valley Museum at 205 Railroad Ave. in Danville. Here you can view the Prehistoric San Ramon Valley where you will find shell fossils and images of prehistoric animals. you will also find a fossilized mastodon jaw provided by the U.C. Museum of Paleontology, which was found in the Blackhawk Fossil Quarry. Hours: Tues.-Fri. 1pm-4pm, Sat. 10am-1pm.
2. If you’ve ever wondered, “Where is the San Ramon Valley?” you can see an artist’s tile rendition of our history, located at the Gateway Center History Wall on San Ramon Valley Blvd. The San Ramon Valley extends from the southern County Line to Walnut Creek’s northern border. The tile wall is located south of Walgreens.
3. There are several interpretive panels providing information on the Geography of the Valley. They are located at the staging area parking lot, which leads to Las Trampas Regional Wilderness. Take a beautiful hike while you are out there and witness the gorgeous vistas offered by the trails. Travel west on Crown Canyon Road, turn north at Bollinger Canyon Road, and drive to the very end.
4. Hap Magee Ranch Park located in Alamo/Danville can be reached by walking east from the Iron Horse Trail at Camille Ave, or driving to the north end of La Gonda Way. This park features information of the Indians of the Valley. West of the Canine Corral on the San Ramon Creek side, is the Tatcan Indian commemorative site.
5. At the corner of El Portal and Danville Blvd. by Magee Park, you may want to read the plaque about Spanish Explorers, and how their first expedition came through the valley in 1772.
6. At the San Ramon Valley Museum, view the original mission roof tile, Amador family pictures, and information on the Mission and Rancho Times. You can see the carreta model which is a wooden wagon used by the Spanish, photos on the wall, assisting narratives, and an ancient branding iron.
7. Located at 130 El Portal is the Alamo Cemetery. Learn about the Early Pioneers and graves sites of families that shaped our area. Stone (Stone Valley Rd. was named after this family) Podva (Ruby was a longtime Danville postmaster), Noia (pioneer Portuguese immigrant family), Boone (Joel who descended from Daniel Boone).
8. Visit the 1889 school owned and maintained by the SRV Fire Protection District called the Tassajara School House. Located at 1650 Finley Road, east of Danville off Camino Tassajara, this Early School is a favorite location for families to enjoy a picnic. The Museum’s third grade one-room school program is held here each spring.
9. Forest Home Farms Park in San Ramon offers events and docent tours at this former Boone Ranch home. The valley’s Agricultural History is rich here, featuring the Glass House (1877), the Boone House (1900) old tractors, barns, and ranch equipment. This is located at 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd.
10. The San Ramon Valley Museum is a restored 1891 Southern Pacific Depot. This provided early valley transportation and viewers can see displays on the San Ramon Branch Line. You can learn about the electric railway which lasted from 1914-1924 and view books of the valley’s history and rails.
San Ramon today is a peaceful suburban city. It is interesting to learn about our home’s history and those that lived here before us. It was a wonderful place for the earliest residents and remains that way for us today. We value and cherish the valley’s diverse cultural background and history. To live in this wonderful community, search for homes available in the San Ramon Valley through my website, or give me a call 925.415.0835.