Brentwood (Images of America: California) Paperback by Carol A. Jensen (Author), East Contra Costa Historical Society (Author) The beautiful Brentwood area of Contra Costa County is the oldest continuously populated community in California inland from the great coastal centers. Californios eschewed this challenging portion of the Central Valley, so pioneering physician John Marsh established a permanent settlement here in 1837 at his Rancho Los Meganos. Soon, the burgeoning viniculture, wheat, orchard, and cattle operations attracted many Gold Rush miners back to their original agricultural callings, now in the California Delta. The 1860s arrival of British agribusiness concern Balfour Guthrie Investment Company soon established the largest grain-export and fruit-packing venture in the West. Brentwood Township, established in 1878 and named for Marsh’s ancestral home in England, includes some of the state’s most bountiful land. The region fostered the greatest wheat production west of the Mississippi River during the 19th century.
Brentwood is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States. It is located in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. Brentwood began as a farming community in the late 19th century, and still is known throughout the Bay Area for its agricultural products, primarily its cherries, corn and peaches. Due to urban sprawl many of the old farms and orchards have been replaced by suburban developments since 1990. Brentwood is increasingly residential, with the rate of population growth in the triple digits during the 1990s and 69% from 2000 through 2005.
Brentwood Points of interest
- East Contra Costa Historical Society and Museum. East of Brentwood on Sellers Road.
- John Marsh House Currently not open to the public.
- Los Vaqueros Reservoir
- Marsh Creek Regional Trail
- Round Valley Regional Preserve
- Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta
- Brentwood Civic Center
- The Streets of Brentwood Shopping Center
- Vasco Caves Regional Preserve