Lafayette, California

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Before the colonization of the region by Spain, Lafayette and its vicinity were inhabited by the Saclan tribe of the indigenous Bay Miwok. Ohlone also populated some of the areas along Lafayette Creek. The indigenous inhabitants' first contact with Europeans was in the late 18th century with the founding of Catholic missions in the region. These initial contacts developed into conflict, with years of armed struggle, including a battle on what is currently Lafayette soil in 1797 between the Saclan and the Spanish, and eventually resulting in the subjugation of the native population.

Walnut Creek, California

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There are three bands of Bay Miwok Indians associated with early Walnut Creek: the Saclan, whose territory extended through the hills east of present-day Oakland, Rossmoor, Lafayette, Moraga and Walnut Creek; the Volvon (also spelled Bolbon, Wolwon and Zuicun) near Mt. Diablo; and the Tactan located on the San Ramon Creek in Danville and Walnut Creek. Today's Walnut Creek is located within the earlier site of four Mexican land grants. One of these land grants – measuring 18000 acre – belonged to Juana Sanchez de Pacheco, who eventually passed the land down to her two grandsons. Ygnacio Sibrian, one of the grandsons, created the first roofed home in the valley in about 1850.

Saklan tribe

Today, many Saklan descendants have intermarried with the larger Chochenyo Ohlone community. * Bay Miwok language

Contra Costa County, California

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The grantee's family names live on in a few city and town names such as Martinez, Pacheco and Moraga and in the names of streets, residential subdivisions, and business parks. A few mansions from the more prosperous farms have been preserved as museums and cultural centers and one of the more rustic examples has been preserved as a working demonstration ranch, Borges Ranch. During World War II, Richmond hosted one of the two Bay Area sites of Kaiser Shipyards and wartime pilots were trained at what is now Concord/Buchanan Field Airport.

Concord, California

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Concord is the largest city in Contra Costa County, California. At the 2010 census, the city had a population of 122,067 making it the 8th largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded in 1869 as the community of Todos Santos by Salvio Pacheco, the name was changed to Concord within months. The city is a major regional suburban East Bay center within the San Francisco Bay Area, and is 29 mi east of San Francisco.

Oakland, California

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Oakland is the largest city and the county seat of Alameda County, California, United States. A major West Coast port city, Oakland is the largest city in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, the third largest city overall in the San Francisco Bay Area, the eighth most populated city in California, and the 45th largest city in the United States. With a population of 428,827, it serves as a trade center for the San Francisco Bay Area; its Port of Oakland is the busiest port in the San Francisco Bay, the entirety of Northern California, and the fifth busiest in the United States of America.

San Francisco

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San Francisco, officially City and County of San Francisco and colloquially known as SF, San Fran, or "The City", is the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California. San Francisco is the 13th-most populous city in the United States, and the fourth-most populous in California, with 883,305 residents as of 2018. It covers an area of about 46.89 sqmi, mostly at the north end of the San Francisco Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area, making it the second most densely populated large U.S. city, and the fifth-most densely populated U.S. county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs.

Timeline of the San Francisco Bay Area

Volcanics produces most of the lavas that underlie the East Bay ridges from present day Tilden Regional Park to Moraga.


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Coast Miwok: from present day location of Marin County and southern Sonoma County (includes the Bodega Bay Miwok and Marin Miwok). Lake Miwok: from Clear Lake basin of Lake County. Bay Miwok: from present-day location of Contra Costa County. Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians. California Valley Miwok Tribe, formerly known as the Sheep Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians. Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians. Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, formerly known as the Federated Coast Miwok. Ione Band of Miwok Indians, of Ione, California. Jackson Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians. Middletown Rancheria (members of this tribe are of Pomo, Lake Miwok, and Wintun descent).

Canyon, California

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In fact, the only reason Canyon is not the size of neighbouring Moraga is because a lack of a viable water resource. The few people that do live there are mostly commuters and retired people who like the town's seclusion, with close proximity to San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. Earlier in the 20th century, the Sacramento Northern Railway ran through the canyon for which the community is named. The rails ran on a bench (still present) above Pinehurst Road, upon exiting a long tunnel from Oakland at the site of Thorn's road.

Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail

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However, it is no longer possible to use the trail to reach the Valle Vista staging area in Moraga. The neighboring Canyon Road Bridge was closed on April 2017 but was reopened in November 2017, and it should be possible to reach the Valle Vista staging area via Canyon Road. Map of Lafayette-Moraga Trail. Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail - East Bay Regional Park. Lafayette-Moraga Trail Page on

Saint Mary's College of California

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The location on the corner of 30th and Broadway became affectionately known as "The Brickpile" and Saint Mary's College would call Oakland home until 1928, when it moved further eastward to Moraga after a fire severely damaged the Brickpile. The Oakland site is California Historical Landmark #676 and is marked by a commemorative plaque. The former San Francisco site is now the site of the St. Mary's Park neighborhood. The college and high school sections separated not long after the move to Moraga and the high school is currently located in Albany.


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The Patwin were bordered by the Yuki in the northwest; the Nomlaki (Wintun) in the north; the Konkow (Maiduan) in northeast; the Nisenan (Maiduan) and Plains Miwok in the east; the Bay Miwok to the south; the Coast Miwok in the southwest; and the Wappo, Lake Miwok, and Pomo in the west. The "Southern Patwins" lived between what is now Suisun, Vacaville, and Putah Creek. By 1800 they had been forced by Spanish and other European invaders into small tribal units: Ululatos (Vacaville), Labaytos (Putah Creek), Malacas (Lagoon Valley), Tolenas (Upper Suisun Valley), and Suisunes (Suisun Marsh and Plain).

Campolindo High School

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Campolindo High School is a public high school located in Moraga, California, United States, and is in the Acalanes Union High School District. In 2015, Campolindo was ranked 28th in California (and 178th nationally) by U.S. News & World Report. The Campolindo Cougars have programs in women's volleyball, men's/women's basketball, men's baseball, men's/women's water polo, men's/women's cross country, men's/women's track and field, men's/women's swimming and diving, men's/women's soccer and men's volleyball. The women's cross country team has won five CIF State Championships (2001,2010,2013,2017,2019) The football team has won two CIF state championships (2014,2016).

Sacramento Northern Railway

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This fire trail was previously known as Winding Way on some maps, and was originally an old 19th century logging road built by Hiram Thorn, for bringing redwood logs out of the Moraga Redwoods and to his mill, and then over the mountain into Oakland. Even earlier, the route up the canyon to what is now Huckleberry preserve was a cattle trail for the Spanish and Mexican ranchers, en route to a landing at the mouth of Temescal Creek on San Francisco Bay. At the sharp curve at Eastport, the tracks immediately crossed over Pinehurst road on a bridge.

José Joaquín Moraga

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The town of Moraga, California is named after Joaquín Moraga, grandson of José Joaquín Moraga and the grantee of Rancho Laguna de los Palos Colorados. His home, the Moraga Adobe, is located there.

Orion Academy (California)

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Orion Academy is a private high school in Moraga, California, United States, for students challenged by Asperger's syndrome, nonverbal learning disorder (NLD), and other neurocognitive disabilities. It offers a special education college preparatory program for grades 9-12. The school maintains a staff-to-student ratio of 1:4 with an average class size of eight. Over 90% of its graduates attend college or post-secondary training. In 2010, there were 80 students enrolled in total. In 2017, there were 44 currently enrolled students.

Gabriel Moraga

Gabriel and Ana's son Joaquín was co-grantee of Rancho Laguna de los Palos Colorados in present-day Contra Costa County, part of which is now the city of Moraga, California. * The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft: History of California. 1884-90, Volume 2; Volume 19, Hubert Howe Bancroft, Henry Lebbeus Oak, William Nemos, Frances Fuller Victor, note 33, p. 5 * Moraga Explores The Valley Sacramento River, after Moraga's Rio del Santissimo Sacramento ("River of the Most Blessed Sacrament"), later applied to the capital of California, Sacramento and Sacramento County. San Joaquin River, later applied to the San Joaquin Valley and San Joaquin County.

Orinda, California

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Moraga, California. Lafayette, California. Walnut Creek, California. Orinda Chamber of Commerce. A brief history of Orinda. Orinda Historical Society. Lamorinda Wiki—Wiki for Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda.

Mount Diablo

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Their members spoke dialects of three distinct languages: Ohlone, Bay Miwok, and Northern Valley Yokuts. The Chochenyo-speaking Ohlone from Mission San Jose and the East Bay area, called the mountain Tuyshtak, meaning "at the dawn of time". Most of Mount Diablo, including its peak, was within the homeland of the early Volvon (sometimes spelled Wolwon, Bolbon or Bolgon), a Bay Miwok-speaking tribe, and as early as 1811, the mountain was called (in Spanish) "Cerro Alto de los Bolbones" (High Point of the Volvon) or sometimes "Sierra de los Bolgones".


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The Ohlone eventually regathered in multi-ethnic rancherias, along with other Mission Indians from families that spoke the Coast Miwok, Bay Miwok, Plains Miwok, Patwin, Yokuts, and Esselen languages. Many of the Ohlone that had survived the experience at Mission San Jose went to work at Alisal Rancheria in Pleasanton, and El Molino in Niles. Communities of mission survivors also formed in Sunol, Monterey and San Juan Bautista. In the 1840s a wave of United States settlers encroached into the area, and California became annexed to the United States. The new settlers brought in new diseases to the Ohlone.

Will Forte

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He was raised in Moraga, before moving to Lafayette. He went by Billy in his early years until he was teased at school for it also being a girl's name, at which point he decided he would from then on be known as Will. Forte describes himself as having been a "really happy kid", whose parents were "wonderful" and created a "very loving environment". He was interested in comedy from a young age, growing up idolizing comedians, Peter Sellers, David Letterman, Steve Martin and the sketch-comedy television series Saturday Night Live. He often pranked his parents, and would record himself performing imaginary radio shows.

Matt Biondi

Biondi started his aquatics career as a swimmer and water polo player in his hometown of Moraga, California. As he moved into his teens, his incredible abilities as a sprint swimmer began to emerge. Though he did not start swimming year-round until he started at Campolindo High School, by his senior year Biondi was the top schoolboy sprinter in America with a national high school record of 20.40 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle. Biondi accepted a scholarship to attend the University of California, Berkeley, to swim and play water polo, and enrolled in 1983.

Daniel Levitin

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From ages 12 – 14 he wrote arrangements for and conducted the school pep band, jazz band, and concert band at Joaquin Moraga Junior High School, in Moraga, CA, performing at civic functions and on the local CBS television affiliate, KPIX Channel 5. He continued playing saxophone (tenor and baritone) in high school, and at age 17 performed on baritone with the big band backing up Mel Tormé at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

Stephen Robinson

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His Canadian parents, William, a land surveyor, and Joyce Robinson, reside in Moraga, California. * Official NASA Bio. STS-114 Steve Robinson Crew Profile. Pre-Recorded Q&A with Steve Robinson in NASA's Astronaut Flight Lounge; - Select "Steve Robinson" from the Astronauts tab. Stephen Robinson on the Davis Wiki. Spacefacts biography of Stephen Robinson. Aerospace Medical Association.