"As one of the earliest towns to share your namesake, we are now in our 222nd year," wrote officials from Danville, Vt. They proudly stated their town has grown 35 percent in the last 50 years - to a population of 2,200.
The population of Danville, Calif., has also grown:
1940 - 1,225
1960 - 3,585
1970 - 16,218
1980 - 26,446
1990 - 31,306
2000 - 41,715
The wonderful thing about "our" Danville is how the growth has been accommodated, with the town being incorporated in 1982. As Danville, Calif., observes its sesquicentennial, residents have plenty to celebrate: Through careful planning, it has retained its small-town charm and its facilities offer enjoyment, education and enrichment.
Although Danville's early pioneers could no more envision today's Danville than we can imagine the town in the year 2158, it is still a place where people settle to make a good life for themselves and their families. Essays from third-graders testify that they feel safe, love their schools and the downtown, and love living here with their families.
We want to thank Kiwanis of San Ramon Valley for choosing the Danville Weekly as the media sponsor to publish this Keepsake Edition. And thank you to the volunteers at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley for opening its archives to us and being so generous with information.
Happy birthday, Danville, from the Danville Weekly.