The Town of Danville is located in the San Ramon Valley in Contra Costa County, California. Take a look below for 20 awesome and fun facts about Danville, California, United States.
1. It is one of the incorporated municipalities in California that use “town” in their names instead of “city”.
2. The population was 43,582 at the 2020 census.
3. Since 2018, for four years in a row, Danville was named “the safest town in California”.
4. The Iron Horse Regional Trail runs through Danville. It was first a railroad that has been converted to an 80-foot (24 m) wide corridor of bike and hike trails as well as controlled intersections.
5. Extending from Livermore to Concord, the trail passes through Danville.
6. Danville is also home to the Village Theatre and Art Gallery, hosting children’s theatre, shows and art discussions.
7. Often referred to as the “Heart of the San Ramon Valley,” Danville was first populated by Native Americans who lived near creeks and camped on Mount Diablo in the summer.
8. Later, it was part of Mission San José’s grazing land as well as a Mexican land grant called Rancho San Ramon.
9. Initially a farming community, the Town of Danville switched from wheat to fruits and nuts after the Southern Pacific Railroad built a spur line through the area in 1891.
10. It developed as a residential suburb in 1947 when the first sizable housing tracts were constructed and its population boomed in the 1970s and 1980s.
11. The Danville Post Office opened in 1860 with hotel owner Henry W. Harris as the first postmaster.
12. Churches, schools, farmers unions and fraternal lodges began as the community grew.
13. The Union Academy, a private high school begun by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, served the county from 1859 to 1868, until it burned down. Danville Presbyterian Church was dedicated in 1875.
14. Many early Danville buildings remain standing today.
15. The original 1874 Grange Hall exists as well, and the original Danville Hotel remains downtown which was last renovated in 2016.
16. Many of the early pioneer names appear on the streets and schools, including Baldwin, Harlan, Wood, Love, Hemme, Boone, Bettencourt and Meese.
17. When the Southern Pacific Railroad came to the Valley in 1891, Danville continued to grow. Farmers built warehouses and shipped crops by rail, and residents were able to travel to and from Danville.
18. John Hartz sold 8.65 acres (3.50 ha) of his land for the Danville Depot and granted land access to the station. He then subdivided and sold lots east of the station, shifting the town’s focus from Front Street to Hartz Avenue.
19. Eventually, a bank, drug store, saloon, doctor’s office and Chinese laundry joined the houses lining the street. The Danville Hotel originally sat across from the station and was moved to face Hartz avenue in 1927.
20. The twentieth century found Danville affected by the wars, the Spanish flu, the depression, and new immigrants.