All About Alamo, California


Alamo is a non-incorporated community and census designated location (CDP) in Contra Costa County, California , USA. It is located in the East Bay Area of the Bay Area of San Francisco. The population of the 2010 census was 14,750. In 1850, Alamo was named by the Spanish for the poplar trees that lined up the San Ramon Creek.

As a non-incorporated community, Alamo does not have a government of its own. Police services are provided by the Sheriff’s Office of the County of Contra Costa. Fire and EMS services are provided by the District of San Ramon Valley Fire Protection.

People have been living in this area for more than 5,000 years. In the eighteenth century, the Tatcan Indians, a Bay Miwok tribe closely linked to the Saclans of Walnut Creek, lived in Alamo.

After the founding of Mission San José in 1797, its pastures spread throughout the Valley of San Ramon. The Mexican land grant Rancho San Ramon was granted to Mariano Castro and his uncle Bartolo Pacheco in 1833. It covered Danville and Alamo today. Castro was the owner of the northern half, which included Alamo.

In 1843, a large part of the areas of Alamo, Las Trampas and Tice Valley was granted to the brothers Inocencio and Jose Romero. It was called San Ramon’s Rancho El Sobrante. Due to missing title papers, the brothers lost their ranch in the American courts in 1857.

In 1847, Pioneers Mary Ann and John Jones traveled through Alamo. She gives the first description of the area in her diary in English. Her husband stopped the car, saying, “Mary, look! Have you ever seen anything so beautiful?

Later, she wrote, “On every side, the valley and surrounding hills were covered with thick, velvety clover, and with wild oats standing waist-high, waving and rippling in the summer breeze, like the bosom of a lake.”.

The Jones family returned to Alamo in 1851, when California became a state. He became the first postmaster in 1852 and used her considerable energy to teach children and begin the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Other early founders of Alamo included David Glass, George Engelmeyer, Silas and Susanna Stone, Captain Wall, Joshua Bollinger and James Foster.

The area was named Alamo, which means a poplar tree or a cotton tree in Spanish. Alamo grew early due to its location and fine weather. An important road from the redwoods near Moraga ran through the valley of Tice to Alamo. It provided redwood for the building materials that Americans preferred over the adobe brick homes that Mexicans used.

Nowadays, Alamo is a green enclave with many houses on a lot of 0.5 acres (2,000 m2) between Walnut Creek and Danville. Its population was 15,626 in 2000. It is governed by the County Board of Supervisors, the AIA and a number of active county service areas providing advice on police, landscaping and park issues.

Famous Alamo Residents

  • St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa resides in Alamo.
  • Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi resides in Alamo.
  • Denver Broncos Kansas City Chiefs Carolina Panthers ex NFL player Greg Kragen resides in Alamo.
  • Safeway Inc. supermarket president and CEO Steven Burd resides in Alamo
  • Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted resides in Alamo.
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The community of Alamo, California prides itself to house these following amazing sites:

  • China Wall in Alamo
  •  Livorna Staging Area, Diablo Foothills Regional Park
  •  Macedo Ranch Staging Area
  •  Summit Trail
  •  Livorna Park
  •  Las Trampas Regional Wilderness Park
  •  Diablo Foothills Regional Park
  •  Rock City Park

All of these wonderful locations are located just a short distance from our office located at 2890 North Main Street! Stop by for a visit anytime!