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.
Antioch (CA) Images of America Book, by Antioch Historical Society (Author): When the first settlers arrived here in 1850, they could never have guessed that their tiny settlement would one day be home to over 100,000 souls, scores of factories, and the gateway to the California Delta with some of the most productive agricultural lands in the world. In earlier days, the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers were the main routes into the state’s interior, as the swampy delta land had yet to be tamed. Antioch and nearby Pittsburg served as major depots for supplies to the Sierra gold fields, stockpiling lumber, produce, hay, dry goods, medicine, and fuel from the Stewartville, Empire, and Judsonville coal mines. Named in 1851 after the biblical city in Syria, this town served for many years as the Bay Area’s easternmost outpost and provided its inhabitants with a bounty both man-made and natural.
Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, CA (IMG) (Images of America) (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)): From the 1860s to the turn of the 20th century, the Mount Diablo Coal Field was the largest coal-producing region in California and once boasted five thriving communities. With the decline of coal mining some residents turned to ranching. Later rich deposits of sand were mined for glass and foundry use. In 1973, the East Bay Regional Park District acquired the land. Today visitors to Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, located 45 miles east of San Francisco, can explore miles of trails, tour the Hazel-Atlas silica sand mine, and visit historic Rose Hill Cemetery.
East County Website – Contra Costa County, CA
Dragon City Restaurant – Brentwood, CA
Local favorite restaurant that includes Chinese and Japanese cuisine. Mandarin, Szechwan, and Sushi.
Tyler Connell Blog – Billings, MT and East SF Bay, CA
Random postings from Tyler’s adventures as a college student, sports fan, and pilot. Dedicated fan of the Colorado Avalanche and St Louis Rams. Check out Nick’s Blog too.
Local connections to the ever-changing internet websites that service our youth sports in Eastern Contra County cities of Antioch, Oakley, Brentwood, Pittsburg, Byron, Discovery Bay, Bethel Island, Byron, and Knightsen.
Paul Connell Real Estate – Oakley, CA
While a California real estate license is good anywhere in the state, there are some compelling reasons why you should use a local REALTOR® when buying or selling property in Contra Costa County.
It’s in your best interest to use an agent who knows the local real estate market and no one knows local real estate better then a local REALTOR®. Local real estate agents have extensive knowledge of the area and unique insight into local property values. They have expertise in the local market; and current issues and trends. They attend the local property tours, know the listing stock and know their way around the area, which saves time when looking for a hard-to-find listing. They have access to the local lockbox system, they know the local septic system issues in the different parts of the County, they know what’s considered above the snow and what’s considered below, they know about the County sign ordinance, which regulates the placement of real estate signs and they know about fire and clearance issues.
An agent who lives and works in the local area knows the inspectors and appraisers, and can be on hand for inspections. They are involved in their community and can put you in touch with service people you may have need of. If a buyer/seller is from out of town, they can recommend places to eat which are tried and true, good hotel/motel accommodations, and sight-seeing attractions after the home touring part of their trip is over…and who knows, they might even turn out to be a neighbor! … and as always, REALTORS® adhere to a strict Code of Ethics.
Mercury Insurance – California Auto Insurance
Want an insurance quote, here it is a way to see the quote online. Check it out – online auto insurance quote. California auto insurance quote provided by Mercury Insurance.
Delta Harvest Run – Brentwood, CA
The Delta Harvest Run is a community event to raise money for local East Contra Costa food banks and pantries. This benefit is organized by the Delta Association of Realtors Community Service Foundation. The route is flat and fast and will appeal to athletes of all levels. Plus, the route is USTF Course Certified.
Antioch Indoor Sports Center – Antioch, CA
Indoor Hockey, Indoor Soccer, and Indoor Volleyball centrally located in Antioch at the corner of Hillcrest Drive and Highway 4.
EEN Property Management – Antioch, CA
E.E.N. Property Management has been in business since 1976 and is a full service professional property management company with integrity. EEN’s excellent track record will assure owners that their properties are in good hands and that our fees are affordable to even owners of smaller complexes. EEN’s advanced property management skills and geographical diversity combine to offer owners a broad expertise and unique, comprehensive service. Through a highly trained, professional staff, computerized accounting system and maintenance, EEN will help you to maintain the quality and value of your investment.
Worthy Websites – East County