Explore and Learn about Walnut Creek, California

Walnut Creek is a city located in Contra Costa County, California, United States, in the San Francisco Bay Area’s East Bay zone, about 16 miles (26 km) east of Oakland. With an estimated total number of 69,122 residents, Walnut Creek serves as a center for its neighboring cities due to its position at the intersection of the Sacramento and San Jose(I-680) and San Francisco / Oakland (SR-24) highways and its BART accessibility. The vibrant downtown area features hundred-year-old buildings and comprehensive high-end shopping, restaurant, and entertainment venues.

Spanish settlers came to the region in the 1770s, and the area was part of a Mexican land grant in the early 1800s. The place, settled during the Gold Rush in 1849 (the first American settler was William Slusher, a squatter who built a house alongside what was called Nuts Creek), was first known as The Corners but renamed (c. 1862) for the abundance of walnut trees. In 1878 the Central Pacific Railroad entered Walnut Creek, and by 1914 it had been linked with Oakland by an electric commuter railway. Walnut Creek is the transportation and commercial base for the local agricultural (fruit, walnuts) and industrial areas. 

Walnut Creek owns more open space per person in the state of California than any other city. In 1974, Walnut Creek voters that allowed the city to buy 1,800 acres (730 ha) of undeveloped hillsides, ridgelines, and park sites approved a $6.7 million bond measure. Walnut Creek owns portions of the open space Lime Ridge, the open space Shell Ridge, the open space Acalanes Ridge, and the open space Sugarloaf.

Diablo Foothills Regional Park and Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area reside in the East Bay Regional Park District, all in Walnut Creek.

Walnut Creek enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with hot, sunny summers and usually rainless winters. Daytime temperatures in the mid-to-upper 80s average in the summer, sometimes touching 100 ° F or hotter— but nights are cold, with lows typically in the 50s and 60s. Daily highs are usually in the 50’s and lower 60’s in the winter, and lows remain in the upper 30’s and lower 40’s, but it can be as cold as the upper 20. Although rain often occurs in winter in Walnut Creek, snow is especially uncommon— but nearby Mount Diablo’s peak often gets snow.

Image courtesy of Jeffreymendel Jeffrey Nash – Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50308966

This amazing landmark is located near the following must-see sights in Walnut Creek, California:

  • Lesher Center for the Arts
  • Lindsay Wildlife Museum 
  • Mount Diablo State Park 
  • Old Borges Ranch 
  • Ruth Bancroft Garden 
  • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
  • Shadelands Ranch Museum 
  • Walden Park Disc Golf Course 
  • Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society

All of these landmarks are located just a short distance from our location in downtown Walnut Creek, Spaulding Concrete on Locust Street.