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Alamo, California
Location in Contra Costa County and the state of California
Location in Contra Costa County and the state of California
Country United States
State California
Counties Contra Costa
Area
 - City  20.6 sq mi (53.3 km²)
 - Land  20.6 sq mi (53.3 km²)
 - Water  0 sq mi (0 km²)
Population (2000)
 - City 15,626
 - Density 758.5/sq mi (293.2/km²)

Alamo is a census-designated place (CDP) in Contra Costa County, California, in the United States. It is located in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. As of the 2000 census, the population was 15,626. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Contra Costa County is a suburban county in the San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... This is an alphabetical list of the sovereign states of the world, including both de jure and de facto independent states. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      The political units and divisions of the United States include: The 50 states, which are... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... The U.S. state of California is divided into 58 counties. ... Contra Costa County is a suburban county in the San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... Population density by country, 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... A census-designated place (CDP) is an area identified by the United States Census Bureau for statistical reporting. ... Contra Costa County is a suburban county in the San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... A satellite image of the East Bay The East Bay is a subregion of the San Francisco Bay Area, California, United States and is comprised of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. ... USGS satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... 2000 US Census logo The Twenty-Second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ...


The Tri-Valley's unincorporated community of Alamo has nothing to do with the ill-fated 19th century Texas fortress. Instead, it was named by the Spanish in 1850 for the poplar trees that lined San Ramon Creek.


Police services are provided by the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department. Fire and EMS services are provided by the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District. EMS or Ems may refer to: // E. M. S. Namboodiripad, for many years General Secretary of the Communist Party of India and the first Chief Minister of the state of Kerala. ... The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District is an autonomous Special District as defined under the Fire Protection District Law of 1987, Health and Safety Code, Section 13800, of the State of California. ...

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History

The First People


People have lived in this area for over 5,000 years. The Tatcan Indians, a Bay Miwok tribe closely connected to the Saclans of Walnut Creek, lived in Alamo in the eighteenth century.


After Mission San Jose was founded in 1797, its grazing area stretched throughout the San Ramon Valley.


A Mexican land grant, called the San Ramon Rancho, was deeded to Mariano Castro and his uncle Bartolo Pacheco in 1833. It covered today's Danville and Alamo. Castro owned the northern half which included Alamo.


In 1843 much of Alamo, Las Trampas and Tice Valley was granted to brothers Inocencio and Jose Romero. It was called Rancho El Sobrante de San Ramon. Because of missing title papers, the brothers lost their ranch in American courts in 1857.


An American Village


Pioneers Mary Ann and John Jones traveled through Alamo in 1847. she provided the earliest English description of the area in her diary. Her husband stopped the wagon saying, "Mary, look! Did you ever see anything so beautiful?" She wrote later:

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, after California had become a state. John became the first postmaster in 1852 and she applied her considerable energies to schooling children and beginning a Cumberland Presbyterian church. Other early Alamo founders included David Glass, George Engelmeyer, Silas and Susanna Stone, Captain Wall, Joshua Bollinger and James Foster.


The area was named Alamo which means poplar or cottonwood tree in Spanish. Because of its location and fine weather, Alamo grew early. An early road from the redwoods near Moraga ran through Tice Valley to Alamo since Americans preferred redwood for building materials rather Mexican adobe brick.


The Hemme, Bollinger, Jones and Stone ranches began by grazing cattle and raising wheat and other grains. In 1891 the Hemme train station was placed near today's Hemme Avenue; later it was re-named the Alamo station.


Eventually orchards and vineyards spread across the areas. Almonds, walnut , many kinds of fruits (including grapes) thrived in the mild climate. In 1873 Alamo pioneer Myron Hall grafted Persian cuttings to native walnut trees and helped start the prosperous walnut industry in Contra Costa County. His "mother tree" was tended for over 100 years.


The Alamo post office is the oldest continuous one in the valley It was always an important community gathering place. According to longtime Postmistress Bertha Linhares, when the mail was expected the men…

sat in the post office-store in the winter … the women went into our sitting room and visited with my mother … We always heard all the news and troubles of the Alamo residents.

Her father, brother and sister were also postmasters from 1905 to 1960.


Alamo in Modern Times


During World War II an Alamo air watch tower was built by the community. People volunteered, looking for Japanese war planes round the clock from 1942 to 1945. San Ramon Valley's population totaled 2,126 at that time.


The Alamo Improvement Association (AIA) began in 1953. For 50 years its purpose has been to advance and improve the welfare of properties in Alamo and to preserve the established character of Alamo as an agricultural and semi-rural residential area.


After the war hundreds, then thousands, of new people arrived. Round Hill Country Club opened in 1960 on land which formerly belonged to the Mott sisters and Grover Squire. The freeway was completed through Alamo in 1964.


Rapid valley growth fueled controversies, some of which focused on the philosophy of a new Superintendent of Schools in the sixties. Debates about the pace of development led to several votes on cityhood, spearheaded by residents who wanted more local control. An Alamo-Danville incorporation election in 1964 lost 2,086 to 1,958 with "loss of identity for Alamo" a main concern.


Today Alamo is an enclave of green with many one-half acre lot homes between Walnut Creek and Danville. Its population in 2000 was 15,625. It is governed by the County Board of Supervisors, with the AIA and several active county service areas advising on police, landscape and park issues.


Alamo residents take pride in the same natural beauty which appealed to the pioneers 150 years ago.



History section by Beverly Lane with the help of Betty Dunlap, Irma Dotson and Virgie V. Jones. Underwritten by the J. M. Long Foundation. Museum of the San Ramon Valley - 205 Railroad Ave. - Danville, CA 94526 - www.museumsrv.org


Geography

Alamo is located in Contra Costa County. Adjoining towns and cities are Walnut Creek to the north, Danville, Dublin, and San Ramon to the south, and Diablo plus Blackhawk to the southeast. Contra Costa County is a suburban county in the San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California. ... Walnut Creek is a regional business center and suburb several miles east of Oakland in Contra Costa County, California, USA, in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The public library in Dublin Dublin is a city located in Alameda County, California, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 29,973. ... San Ramon is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States. ... Diablo is a census-designated place located in Contra Costa County, California. ... Blackhawk is an unincorporated area located in Contra Costa County, California, east of Danville. ...


Interstate 680 serves as the main means of transport out of the town. JUNCTION POSTMILE I-280 SCL 0. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 53.3 km² (20.6 mi²), all land. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 15,626 people, 5,406 households, and 4,573 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 293.3/km² (759.5/mi²). There were 5,497 housing units at an average density of 103.2/km² (267.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 90.36% White, 0.47% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 6.10% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.64% from other races, and 2.21% from two or more races. 3.94% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ...


There were 5,406 households out of which 40.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 78.1% were married couples living together, 4.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.4% were non-families. 11.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.10. “Spouse” redirects here. ...


In the CDP the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 3.9% from 18 to 24, 21.9% from 25 to 44, 34.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 98.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.3 males.


The median income for a household in the CDP was $137,105, and the median income for a family was $147,643. Males had a median income of $100,000 versus $59,205 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $65,705. About 2.6% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.2% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


ESRI lists more recent statistics (2006). The racial makeup of Alamo is listed as 87.7% White, 0.6% Black, 0.2% American Indian, 7.7% Asian or Pacific Islander, 0.8% Other. 3.0% were two or more races, with 5.4% being of Hispanic origin.


The Median Household Income was listed as $169,918 and the average home value was listed as $1,163,436.


Source ESRI Business Analyst Online


Population History of Alamo CDP from the U.S. Census Bureau

(Z): Area reported as Alamo-Danville during the 1970 census. (The separate communities of Alamo and Danville were not returned separately by the census.) The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Source U.S. Census Bureau


External links


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