#120 "The Corners" & Oak Saloon

Main & Mt. Diablo -- circa 1880

Walnut Creek was first called “The Corners,” because the region’s two main roads – Pacheco Road and Lafayette Road -- met at what is today the corner of Main and Mt. Diablo. Pacheco Road ran north-south from Martinez to San Jose. Lafayette Road took travelers west to Oakland. At this junction stood the Oak Saloon, a popular watering hole. The town’s name was changed to Walnut Creek in 1862.