Town Square

Into the sunset

Original post made on Nov 18, 2008

False fronts, a jail, the look of the Old West, and lots of gingerbread - is it Disneyland?

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Posted by steve
a resident of another community
on Nov 18, 2008 at 9:29 am

I just found a book of matches from the Hotel Danville... every room with a Bath-Tub or Shower ... Rates from $2.00 Single ... Good Food reasonable prices W G Malone, MGR Modern Fireproof pictures the Hotel on a street corner

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Posted by Marcie
a resident of Danville
on Nov 18, 2008 at 9:25 pm

That is so cool - you should donate them to the museum - the Museum of the San Ramon Valley - they have lots of neat old local stuff.

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Posted by Hal Bailey
a resident of another community
on Nov 21, 2008 at 10:38 am

Dear Dolores, please share with Beverly Lane,

Marcie makes a point of great importance about the old Danville Depot as a repository of our collectables for the region. I have a full copy of the original Southern Pacifica right-of-way document available to me via counsel that describes all the right-of-way and the leases, permits, grants and other land use along the right-of-way. In the document, the history of farms, ranches, homes, roads, villages, stores and more are described in the land shared with the right-of-way.

This document is one of many now held by the Union Pacific at its archives in Omaha that illustrate how all lands and activities related to the right-of-way from early in the 20th century until today. In 1963, while attending SF State, I worked in the SP Archive on Spear Street San Francisco and later in the Land department in administration of right-of-way land usage. I use to spend lunch hours reading such documents in the vault in which they were stored.

Celebrating history,


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Posted by James Bentley
a resident of Danville
on Nov 24, 2008 at 10:16 am

Dear Editor,

In our Alamo Ridge neighborhoods' discussion group, we reviewed the coming departure of the Danville Hotel addition. Most found the removal to be a positive change to provide a downtown more suitable to retail, commercial and hospitality offerings. In discussion, our group supports such rejuventation of Danville's old town, north town, creekside, and the area between old town and the livery.

Our group also supports residential over retail in the extended old town area so we might have the opportunity to live among the rejuvenated shopping and hospitality. We see low-profile three story development as reasonable and easily specified to maintain old town character while offering additional residential lifestyle.

James Bentley
La Gonda neighbors
Diablo Vista region neighborhoods

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Posted by semmes gordon
a resident of Danville
on Dec 18, 2008 at 4:29 pm

as the publisher of The Valley Pioneer during the "Confederacy" we tried to get the entire town to go back to the wild west days. A guy by the name of Palmer Field was with Fuller Paint nd he volunteered to work with merchants in selecting colors and ideas. A few of us went along with the project but, alas it faded the Hay Days Parade on tne 4th of July. Those days in Danville will never be forgotten