Where in Walnut Creek?

These walnut and pear orchards are in a prominent spot in Walnut Creek that now is called ...

This is a still from a city of Walnut Creek video.

Where are these walnut and pear orchards? (And if anyone has a clue of when, that would be groovy, too.)

Hali October 06, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Bishop Ranch?
Lance Howland (Editor) October 06, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Not Bishop Ranch. This scene was in the city of Walnut Creek. -- Lance Howland, editor, Walnut Creek Patch
Rachael Hand October 06, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Shadelands 1960ish?
Lance Howland (Editor) October 06, 2012 at 04:25 PM
No, Rachael. Not Shadelands. But you're warm ... -- LDH
Jojo Potato October 06, 2012 at 04:53 PM
I'm not sure, maybe Heather Farm. But it looks a lot like my back yard. From 1952 until 1960 I lived at (what is now) the corner of California Blvd and Newell. We had pear trees that my Dad leased out to a local guy. He would prune them etc and then harvest the fruit. There was also a walnut tree or two. I still love a good local pear.
Hali October 06, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Heather Farm?
michael frederick October 06, 2012 at 06:39 PM
When could be 1920 to 1970. Since it's a black and white photo, coupled with the expanse of undeveloped land, it is toward the earlier side -- 1935. Most of the really big walnut orchards, like this, were in the Ygnacio Valley where, for example, people like pharmicist Wiget would start up orchards. The flat ground also suggests YV. The fact "pear" is mentioned suggests one place in particular that was noted for exporting pears: The Bancroft Ranch. That would be my guess.
michael frederick October 06, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Since it is black and white "video" and not "photo" -- 1950s.
Lance Howland (Editor) October 06, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Michael: You are right. It's the property that became the Ruth Bancroft Garden. I didn't state that well -- I don't know the date of the picture, and I didn't mean to imply that it was video. It's a still photo used within a fun Walnut Creek TV video right here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcaPfKcUqC8&feature=plcp -- Lance Howland, editor, Walnut Creek Patch
Triple Canopy October 06, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Technically, it is not a photo.... it is an image (of a photograph). The term "picture" is more universal. How many of you still use the phrase "Dial a telephone number..."? An inquisitive Millenial might ask, "What does it mean to dial?"
Jojo Potato October 07, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Triple, I got a kick out of the trainer on our new office phones the other day telling us how to "dial" this or that. Ain't no dial anymore is there? Can you actually have a dial phone now? Does it cost extra, like the keypad phones cost originally? Next time I see one at the flea market, I'll buy one and check it out.
sdevoto October 09, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Sugarloaf Open space and park area
Lance Howland (Editor) October 09, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Sorry, sdevoto, the correct answer is up above in the comment stream from Michael Frederick -- it's the site of Ruth Bancroft Gardens on Bancroft Road. -- LDH


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