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Welcome to the Clayton Historical Society and Museum's website!

The Clayton Historical Society was founded in 1974 to "research, collect, record, preserve, display, borrow, share, and interpret local history information and memorabilia, and to promote understanding of Clayton origins and development."
 

 Upcoming Local Events:
 
Native American Day
Saturday, Sept 24, 11am
a Contra Costa County Historical Society, Author in the Archives Series - on location (Concord, CA)
Dean McLeod
and Richard Schwartz will enlighten us on local Chupcan history, and conclude with a walk to see a stream where a Native village once stood.
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 Bay Point and Clayton Railroad Co
and Cowell Portland Cement Co Railroads --
Rolling Through the Clayton Valley -
110 Years after Incorporation
October 1, 2016

2 pm

Western Railway Museum,

Suisun City, CA

 See an encore presentation on trains that used to roll through the Clayton Valley - from Cowell to Port Chicago

 Learn More

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Keller Ranch Historical Marker Dedication 

October 8, 2016

4 pm

Keller House

 

The Clayton Historical Society will cut the ribbon on the 11th historical marker with a dedication at a CA Register of Historical Resources in downtown Clayton.

 

Learn More 

 Current Exhibit
  
Bay Point and Clayton Railroad Co and Cowell Portland Cement Co Railroads --
Rolling Through the Clayton Valley -
110 Years after Incorporation
 
Learn about this little-known 9-mile private short line railroad, incorporated on August 29, 1906, owned and operated by the Cowell Portland Cement Company (producers of ‘Mt Diablo Cement’), which ran from the cement plant & company town of Cowell (at the base of the Lime Ridge hills), crossing familiar roads, and alongside Mt Diablo Creek; rolling through bucolic scenery, a dairy farm, orchards and ranches of the greater Clayton Valley (much of today’s Concord Naval Weapons Station / future EBRPD  parkland), to Bay Point (today’s Port Chicago / Military Ocean Terminal Concord - MOTCO), terminating at the Santa Fe Railway interchange.
 
 
This exhibit will run from August 28, 2016 through December 2016, and is open to the public at no cost, but donations are welcome.  Please visit the Clayton Museum page for viewing days and hours.
 

About the Museum

 

 

Clayton Historical Society

and Museum


6101 Main Street

P.O. Box 94

Clayton, CA 94517-1201
(925) 672-0240   


 Hours:
 
Wednesdays and Sundays
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.