Editor’s Note: A few months ago, Brentwood native Doreen Pierce Forlow expressed interest in teaching history through area road signs. This article begins that series.

Many readers might be new to far eastern Contra Costa County. I am a lifelong resident. The larger the population, the more rare residents like me become. We see the area a little differently than others. We have a generational history and knowledge that many new residents do not. Local history is passed along to others in many forms. Today’s article marks the beginning of that passage by focusing on the origins of street sign names in our area.

What’s in a walnut? Or rather, what treats and dishes contain walnuts? Cookies, candies, cakes, salads, rice and dinner entrees are all favorites. In the case of Brentwood, Walnut is a boulevard connecting downtown to Kellogg Creek near Byron. Most people don’t travel nearly that far but turn onto Vasco Road then merge onto I-580, and then on to Oakland, San Jose or Los Angeles. But our story doesn’t go there. We will stay focused on walnuts as street names. Moving south down Walnut Boulevard to Eureka, Payne and Concord Avenues we find ourselves in a legacy of walnuts. Not the city of Walnut Creek across the mountain or the proclamation “Eureka! — I have found it”, but the nut.


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Very helpful. Thank you. Look forward to future articles

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