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The Claycord Online Museum – Mt. Diablo In The 1950s


It’s Mt. Diablo, sometime in the 1950s. Anyone remember when the area looked like this?

The main road you see going from the bottom of the photo to the top appears to be Clayton Rd.

Click on the image for a much larger view.


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trevor September 20, 2022 - 3:38 PM - 3:38 PM

This would be the early 50’s as Clayton Valley High School is not yet built, which was 57-58.

reekorizzo September 20, 2022 - 4:58 PM - 4:58 PM

Wow! I love this picture………I could stare at it for hours…… a matter of fact I think I will.

Dr. Jellyfinger September 20, 2022 - 6:33 PM - 6:33 PM

Yeah….. I don’t remember everything being black & white tho.

Local Lady September 20, 2022 - 5:31 PM - 5:31 PM

I remember when Concord was in black and white. It was so exciting when we finally got HiFi stereo and color.

S September 20, 2022 - 6:45 PM - 6:45 PM

Foul Foul

Don’t answer…

It’s admitting we’re OLD !


nytemuvr September 20, 2022 - 8:52 PM - 8:52 PM

I see the house on Detroit Ave. I grew up in, Meadow Homes was new, the orchards that became my home in my teenage years and where my alma mater, Concord High, was built. Pretty much my whole life is encompassed in that photo up to about 20 years ago. You can see the eucalyptus trees in El Monte Center and the stands of eucalyptus trees along Clayton Rd. That’s when Concord was great, those times will never return….sad.

Cowellian September 20, 2022 - 9:17 PM - 9:17 PM

If you look closely, you can see Cowell and the smokestack.

PC September 20, 2022 - 9:49 PM - 9:49 PM

I believe Trevor got it pretty close. Park and Shop is visible a bit below the center and it was fairly new. If you follow Willow Pass to the east you can recognize the Todos Santos Plaza and the buildings downtown. Of course, Clayton Rd was just 2 lanes and the old Sacramento Northern Railroad which precedes the BART lines. If you look eastward, you can tell there were a lot of open fields and orchards. As a boy of 10, we all could tell in September those kids that had been picking up walnuts…. our fingers were stained brown.

Randy Pfyl September 21, 2022 - 9:27 PM - 9:27 PM

I love these old photographs. My family move to Concord in 1950 and have so many memories of Concord through the years, went to many MDSD schools. They were great schools. It was a great place to grow up. These photos bring back so many good memories. Thank you for providing.

PO'd September 22, 2022 - 9:22 AM - 9:22 AM

Park n Shop is built, so it has to be after 1957-you can see King Norman’s
kiddie rides on the left side of P n S.

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