#183 Walnut Growers' Processing Plant

Locust-Civic-California -- circa 1920

By the late 1800s, walnuts had become a more important local crop in Contra Costa County. To process their walnuts, local growers initially hauled their crops to Oakland or San Francisco. In 1917, local growers formed their own association and, a few years later, built a walnut processing plant next to the railway line that ran along what is today California Boulevard. The plant closed in 1957 after most walnut groves were replaced by housing developments.